Silver medalists The Winchester Mites Sox girls softball team dropped a 9-5 decision to the Kemptville Wildcats in the rescheduled “A” championship game in Kemptville last Wednesday (June 28). The 2017 Rural Ottawa Softball Association silver medalists are: front (left) – Sophia Guy, Isabelle Guy, Ava Holmes, Abbi Cavers, Ainsley Holmes; middle (left) – Gracin Link-Horvath, Kalli Hicks, Lakeisha Allan, Kianna Flake, Gabrielle Cotnam, Brooklyn Veley, Taylor Larocque, Addison Hicks; back (left) – ass’t coach Frank Malatesta, ass’t coach Martha Malatesta and coach Paul Allan. Missing: ass’t coach Andy Cotnam.

KEMPTVILLE – An early 5-0 lead by the Kemptville Wildcats held up for the hometown team and resulted in a 9-5 loss for the visiting Winchester Mites Sox.

The two teams squared off in the Rural Ottawa Softball Association “A” final in a rescheduled “A” final last Wednesday (June 28) in Kemptville. The Wildcats earned the gold medal with their win while the Sox settled for silver.

Kalli Hicks (2), Brook Veley, Taylor Larocque and Kianna Flake plated the Winchester runs.

The Sox pitching team of Gracin Link-Horvath, Lakeisha Allan and closer Gabrielle Cotnam earned MVP honours during the quarter, semi and final games of the round robin playoff tournament.

Tourney scores

Winchester lost 16-13 to Gloucester No. 1, defeated Gloucester No. 2 15-10, , defeated Gloucester No. 2 in a rematch 12-11 in quarter-final play and qualified for the “A” final knocking off Gloucester No. 1 20-15 in the semi-final.

“The girls have come along way,” said coach Paul Allan, “I look back at the beginning of the season and wonder how I was going to pull this team together – well they did a heck of a job.”

Allan said he wished he could have the same team next year, but realizes some of the girls move on to different levels so all he can do is wish them all good luck.

The coach thanked his assistants Andy Cotnam and Martha Malatesta and Winchester Minor Ball executives Jeremy Geurts, Greg and Kim Thompson for their dedication to girls’ softball.