TORONTO – Moorefield’s Lydia Kalbfleisch and Durham College earned a silver medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s fastball championship ending on Oct. 21, hosted by Toronto’s Seneca College.
The Humber Hawks defeated the two-time defending champion Durham Lords 8-3 in the gold-medal game. It was Humber’s second win over Durham in as many days, following a 3-1 win that sent the Hawks to the final.
Durham advanced to the gold-medal game with a 7-4 victory over the eventual bronze medalist St. Clair Saints. Kalbfleisch, in her freshman year at Oshawa’s Durham College, earned her second win of the tournament against St Clair after coming in to pitch 2.2 innings in relief, allowing just two hits.
Kalbfleisch finished in the top 10 with a batting average of .421. She was eighth in innings pitched, tied for second in wins, and had an earned run average of 3.80 on a record of 5-1. A Palmerston Marlin for the past six years, she averaged 5.80 strikeouts per game.
In game one of the Ontario championship, Durham defeated Seneca 6-2. Kalbfleisch earned the win, pitching five innings, striking out three and allowing no hits.
Samantha Bryant-Officer of Mount Forest was also on the team.
The Lord’s overall record this fall was 22-8. In league play, the team’s record was 14-1, and they out-scored their opponents 177-42. Durham set OCAA records with 177 total runs, 198 hits and 143 RBI’s in 15 games.
Durham previously captured silver at the CCSA nationals in Regina.
Finishing the season with the provincial silver medal, Durham extends their medal streak at the OCAA championship to 16 seasons. The Lords have won 29 medals at the OCAA championship – 16 gold, 10 silver and three bronze – the most of any college in league history.
In the OCAA championship game, Humber got things going early in the first when Jacqueline O’Quinn reached on an error for the game’s first batter. O’Quinn advanced to third on a single to centre by Kelsey Bardy.
OCAA player of the year Jessica O’Quinn helped load the bases with Olivia Crossley at the plate and two outs. Crossley hit a two-run single to give the Hawks an early lead. Shelby Robblee completed the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single to left field.
The Lords came back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. Melissa Semeniuk walked to lead off the inning. Kayla MacLean, who was later called out at second on a fielder’s choice, moved Semeniuk to second.
Semeniuk, was sent home on an RBI single by Janna Hagan. Pinch runner Charlotte Ciehanskie scored the second run for Durham.
The game remained 3-2 until the fifth when Humber struck for two runs. Shawna Niskanen led off with a single and scored on a single by Bardy. The second run of the inning was scored by Bardy.
Durham once again tried to battle back in the bottom half of the inning. Semeniuk hit a double to the gap in right centre to lead off the inning. MacLean moved the runner over to third in her at-bat before Bryant-Officer drove in the final run for the Lords.
The Hawks scored three more runs in the top of the sixth for a commanding 8-3 lead with Bardy picking up another RBI and Niskanen driving in two runs.
Bardy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Niskanen and Crossley each added two hits and two RBIs for the Hawks. Both Bryant-Officer and Hagen batted 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lords. Humber’s Bardy was named tournament MVP. Teammate Jacqueline O’Quinn was named the top pitcher of the tournament, while Bryant-Officer was named the top batter. Humber avenged a 7-1 loss to Durham in the OCAA championship final last year.
While the Hawks now have a modest OCAA medal streak to two, Durham increases its consecutive total to 16. St. Clair won medals in eight straight seasons.