Saints bounce back with win over Sabres

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

It could have easily been two losses in two days for the Portage Collegiate Institute Saints fastpitch team.

The Saints suffered its first loss of the Zone 4 season on Tuesday as they were blitzed 17-7 by the Morden Thunder at Republic of Manitobah Park. The game was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

PCI was right back at it again Wednesday, and fell behind 3-0 early against the host Sanford Sabres. However, the offence eventually found its groove and ran away with a 7-3 win.

"We chipped away and then in the fifth and sixth we scored runs in both those innings to go ahead 7-3," said head coach Cam Asham. "We had two really good innings of defence in the sixth and seventh."

In both games, PCI struggled to score early, which has Asham concerned.

"It's something that's been repeating itself. We've had slow starts for the last number of games," said Asham. "It's something we've talked about and it's something we're trying to address, but it happened again (Wednesday).

"We did bust out, but it is concerning having those slow starts."

Asham said Nikki Laramee and Katie Moar had big hits to help pace the team's comeback, while Leah Robb was able to find her groove and earn the win on the mound.

"She seemed to settle down and held them off the scoresheet for the rest of the game," said Asham. "That's what we talked about in our postgame meeting - that was a real character win and a character performance, not only for Leah, but for the whole team.

"We're definitely happy with that."

The Saints will play in a tournament in Winkler over the weekend before returning to Zone 4 play Monday when Carman visits Republic of Manitobah Park for a 4:15 p.m. start. Asham said the team will pay stringent attention to its defensive play.

For more, please see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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