Southeast tops Canada in Senior action

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Emily Hiser (22) gets a hit. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Emily Hiser (22) gets a hit. Erin Kyle pitched a complete game for the win, and the Southeast team from Fort Myers, Fla., topped a game Canadian team 4-1 in their Senior League Softball World Series game in Roxana on Monday, Aug. 4.

USA Southeast got the scoring going right away in this game. Leadoff hitter Denia Bent singled to center to open things up in the top of the first, and Melinda Thirion drove her home with a two-out, two-run homer to left-center two batters later, and give Southeast a 2-0 lead over the team from Victoria, British Columbia.

That was all the support Kyle would need on this day.

It did look like Canada was going to make it interesting in the bottom half of the first. Rien Milliken singled to left, and later came around to score on a bases-loaded walk to Sydney Sparanese with one out. But Kyle was able to escape further damage, and Southeast ended the first with a 2-1 lead.

The game stayed tight from that point, as Kyle and Canada pitcher Sparanese dueled scoreless innings until Southeast came to bat in the top of the fourth. Rebecca Sullivan opened the inning with an infield hit and moved to third on a double by Cheyenne Krolczyk. Sullivan came in with a run on a groundout to open the Southeast lead to 3-1, and Sparanese tightened up to get out of that inning surrendering only that run.

Kyle helped her cause in the top of the fifth inning by singling in Bent, who had made a cool base-running move when she advanced from first to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Higgins. That run made the score 4-1 for Southeast, and that’s where it would end.