Saulnier leads Canada to win over USA West

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Canada’s Jenn Saulnier (14) and Hailey Young (8) celebrate.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenn Saulnier (14) and Hailey Young (8) celebrate.Jenna Saulnier pitched seven innings of shutout ball, including escaping an impressive bases-loaded jam in the final frame, to lead Canada (Victoria, British Columbia) to a 2-0 win over USA West (Missoula, Montana) in their opening game of the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Both Saulnier and West pitcher Macey Newbary hurled scoreless innings until the top of the third, when Canada drew first blood.

Saulnier helped her cause with a double to deep right with one out, and came around to score on a single by Emily Charchuk. Sydney Sparanese followed with another single to put two runners on base, but Newbary was able to record back-to-back strikeouts to escape any further damage.

The two pitchers stayed locked in a tight 1-0 game, and Canada appeared to be ready to break it open in the sixth inning. Hailey Young and Raven McKinney led off the top of the sixth with walks, but Newbary was again able to escape further damage, inducing two groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

She was not so fortunate in the seventh, however. Rien Milliken led off with a long double to centerfield, and Saulnier moved her over to third with a groundout before Charchuk got her second RBI of the game with a groundout to third.

USA West was not going to roll over without a fight. Rene Schwenk stroked a one-out single to left, and Joslynn Haran was able to coax a two-out walk off Saulnier to put two runners on. Adessa Gagner kept West’s hopes alive with an infield single to load the bases, but Saulnier was able to get Holly Hale to popout to end the game and push Canada to 1-0 in pool play.