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Twis Notes weekend of August 15-17, 2014 (Dorval style)

Pointe-Claire Royals
Pointe-Claire Royals
Cathy Nicksom

The Pointe-Claire Royals entered the annual Dorval tournament in their quest in defending their title.

Overcast Saturday morning greeted the team as they opened up against Kirkland in an 8am encounter.

Colette Prieur, the team’s pinnacle pitcher led the charges with a 2/3 box score, with a double, a single, a run scored and one driven in. Nancy Purdon, Aruna Bhojwani, Gloria Cheal,and Catherine So added punch to the mix as they went a combined 9/16, nine singles, five runs scored, and three driven in.

The defense performed at the highest level. It allowed 10 hits, with a lone double against a very experienced opponent, as the infield was responsible for 15 putouts.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win 9-3
Game time: 1h14m

The Royals next challenge occurred against Two Mountains in a 1pm showdown at Windsor Park.

Veteran leadership from Aruna and Gloria were present as each collected three hits, five singles, a triple, six runs scored, and seven driven in. Leanne Hillier, Purdon, Dianne Beaudry (BO), and Kathleen O’Reilly punctuated the offense by each collecting two hits, nine runs scored and one driven in.

The defense played a suffocating style. After allowing eight runs in the first three frames, the team settled down and two hits were permitted from the 4th inning.

The game was won on the discipline of the team. Two Mountains issued eight walks which lead to six runs.

There are numerous ways in bringing home a victory.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win 17-8 in an abbreviated 6 inning meeting
Game time; 1h21m

Our Sunday morning schedule began with very soggy conditions as overnight rain pummeled the field. Great work by the maintenance crew allowed us to start a mere 14 minutes behind schedule as Montreal lay in the wings.

Kathleen O’Reilly has game. Her return to action, after months of inactivity was not evident. O’Reilly propelled the offense with two singles, a triple, and a run scored. So, Cathy Nickson, Lee Lee, and Kristel Jackson (KJ), all generated additional power in backing up a 12 hit attack.

The defense once again was the story, as it allowed eight hits, all of which were singles. A stat of significance is hitters 6-11 contributed three hits. That lack of production does not win too many ball games.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win 9-1
Game time: 1h6m in a 5 ½ innings

The round robin play put the team directly in the finals against our friends from Kirkland.

So played her best all around game as she had three singles, a run scored, and two driven in, leading the charges. Lee Lee, Glo, Kat, all had multiple hit performances in powering a 14 hit assault.

Softball Canada should consider videotaping this defense. 11 hits were allowed, all singles were permitted. Kirkland’s top four hitters went a combined 5/13, which doesn’t allow much momentum.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals defend their crown by winning 7-1 in a swift 59 minute challenge

The Royals team play has encouraged and inspired legions of fans. Many wonder how this level can be maintained, despite the maturity of the club.

Its strength lies in its continuity. Veteran leadership from Purdon, Aruna,Gloria, and Nickson; the energy of So, Kat, and Bo; the durability of Colette, the professionalism of Kristel, and Mary Norman, and the addition of Lee Lee, the new wave of Royal softball, all under the tutelage of Coach Wayne Clasper makes it quite the mountain to climb.

Your results prove that nothing is stronger than chemistry, and you can all continue to enjoy your successes while cementing your forever friendships.

ROYALS FEVER! CATCH IT!

Ladies, and gent,
A pleasure and a privilege,
Jimmy