Softball falls to Regina in crisp Wednesday doubleheader

Posted: September 11, 2014

Briercrest softball hosted their second double header in less than seven days Wednesday night and fell to the WCSA league leading University of Regina in back to back games.

Kenzie Derdall took the mound in game number on a cold Wednesday evening at the Optimist Park in Moose Jaw. Several singles and doubles followed by a homerun brought the score to 7-0 for Regina. A defensive switch of bringing Marissa Burns into the game seemed to be the spark that Briercrest needed and Derdall and gang shut down the next two batter to end the inning. Briercrest was able to get batters on base to end the first, but were unable to score any runs.

The second inning Briercrest got past Regina unscathed. Briercrest was unable to respond offensively though and the score remained 7-0.

After Regina scored one run Derdall was able to strike out and force two ground outs to end the third inning. Briercrest was not able to build momentum in the third though and the score remained 8-0.

The bats came alive for Regina in the fourth, highlighted by a homerun to bring the score to 17-0. Laura Vogt re-entered the game as a pitcher, transitioning Sidney Holoein to third and Derdall to shortstop. An Aleix Ferguson double led off the 4th for Briercrest, but Briercrest was unable to build on it and the game ended 17-0 for Regina.

For game two of the doubleheader Briercrest was the visitor team and Derdall led inning off with a single before Jessica Bailey had a double to give Briercrest the 1-0 lead at the midpoint of the first inning. Laura Vogt was the starting pitcher for Briercrest. She struck out the first batter and then forced the next two batters to fly out and ground out to end the first.

The second inning Briercrest was not able to build on their lead as the first batter grounded out and then the next two struck out. Vogt walked the first Regina batter who then stole second before another walk and a sacrifice bunt moved the Regina players to second and third. A passed ball on a called out and then a forced out at third allowed the first run for Regina before a collection of doubles and singles brought the score to 6-1. The inning ended with the seldomly called out when a Regina player ended the inning by leaving the batters box on a pitch.

Singles by Ferguson and Holoein with two outs put pressure on Regina before a strikeout ended the top of the third inning. Briercrest started the third inning strong on defense with a quick out at first followed by a strikeout. A single and double brought the score to 7-1 for Regina to end the third.

An error allowed Burns to get to first to start an attempted rally by Briercrest to start the fourth inning. Burns went out at second on a fielder's choice that allowed Vogt to move to first. Bryann Seib moved Vogt to 2nd, but two Briercrest strikeouts ended the threat and their half of the inning. Alexis Ferguson came in to relieve Vogt at pitcher to start the fourth inning. A walk, five singles, a double, a sacrifice fly and several errors brought the score to 15-1 before another single and walk loaded the bases and a walk ended the game 16-1 for the University of Regina.

Briercrest continues their season in Medicine Hat with five games this week. They open up the weekend Friday, Sept 12 with a double-header against the University of Lethbridge at 6:00 and 8:00 pm at Moose Diamond 1. They continue the weekend at 11:30 am on Saturday, Sept. 13 against the University of Calgary at Moose Diamond 1 before shifting to Moose Diamond 2 for a 1:30 pm game against Mount Royal before moving back to Moose Diamond 1 for another 3:30 game against the U of Calgary.

For more information on the Briercrest sports teams this year follow the Briercrest Athletics facebook page.