California swoops in for first win over Canada

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark :  Above, Canada’s Hannah McClounie (13) gets the out on West’s Kylie Rawlins. Left, West game plans against Canada after a rain delay of about five hours.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Above, Canada’s Hannah McClounie (13) gets the out on West’s Kylie Rawlins. Left, West game plans against Canada after a rain delay of about five hours.Despite a weather delay that pushed their first game back about five hours, USA West was ready to play on Aug. 3, sweeping Canada in Game 1 of the Big League Softball World Series, 4-0.

Kaila Romero started the scoring in the third for the Antelope Valley, Calif., team hitting a solid pop center on the first pitch. That double brought an RBI home.

West did some more damage in the final inning, as Toni Hutnick hit a solid pop center for a double and two RBIs, running home herself on Romero’s left grounder.

Canada (Windsor, Ontario) was still working it in the field, holding West off in the second with a clean 4-6-3 double play, knocking runners off at second and first. Canada also tried to move girls forward on bunts but was quickly foiled.

West pitcher Mackenzie Draper held off the northern batters with about a dozen strikeouts.

Although the West swept Canada, their hitting and pitching coach, Jerry Draper, said the California team was ready to improve for their next match.

“The long day was kinda tough on the girls, [but] the girls are eager to play.”

Both teams have played in the World Series before.

“We had so much fun, we wanted to come back!” said Jerry Draper.