The Westman Magic let their opening game at the provincial under-14 A girls’ softball championship slip through their fingers on Friday night at Simplot Millennium Park.
The Magic held a 5-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings and led 5-4 heading into the seventh, but ultimately fell 6-5 to the Manitoba Thunder.
Jenna Marshall doubled and scored twice for the Magic, while Brooke Schoonbaert had the team’s only other hit. Brooklyn Roach took the loss on the mound.
Dana Zarn had a pair of hits and scored the winning run for the Thunder, while Shayne Nichols was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
The Magic close out the round robin today with games against Winnipeg Lightning at 11:45 a.m. and the South Interlake Phillies at 3:30 p.m. The top two teams from each pool advance to Sunday’s Page playoffs.
In Friday’s other games, it was: Phillies 7, Lightning 0; Smitty’s Terminators 19, Eastman Wildcats 0; and Manitoba Angels 6, Central 1.
Phillies 7 Lightning 0
Amber Schneider was 3-for-3 and scored three times for the Phillies, while Loren Proven had a pair of hits.
Terminators 19 Wildcats 0
In the other pool, Cierra Cyr went 3-for-3 and scored three times for Smitty’s, while Julia Watt and Tori McTavish also scored a trio of runs. Steph Carral had Eastman’s only hit.
Angels 6 Energy 1
Maddie Towle, Natalie Bacon and Nicole Hammersley all scored a pair of runs for the victorious Manitoba squad. Jayden Friesen-Kehler scored the lone run for Central.
Meanwhile, the Senior B provincials begin today at Simplot when the Westman Magic take on the Southern Bandits at 2 p.m., as well as the Lightning at 6 p.m. The double round robin senior tournament wraps up tomorrow.
» Brandon Sun