Erindale Lions Little League: Girls Softball News/Info




HOME OF THE 2010 AND 2014 ONTARIO BANTAM SELECT SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS AND THE 2014 ONTARIO NOVICE SELECT SOFTBALL FINALISTS 

WHY PLAY FASTPITCH SOFTBALL

 

 

The number one reason girls love to play fastpitch is because it’s fun! Participating is fun. Running, hitting, sliding, catching, stealing, it’s all fun and it’s exciting. Our younger teams even have their own cheers!

When girls are playing a team sport it is something THEY are doing. They are making things happen. They are totally involved in the outcome. This makes them feel they are important, valuable and that they are needed. This creates self confidence and good self esteem.

Fastpitch requires a certain skill set. Developing and mastering these skills is challenging and very rewarding. The girls see that they are becoming faster, hitting farther, catching better, etc. and this creates a sense of pride and accomplishment as well as instilling discipline and dedication.

By being a member of a team the girls learn about team spirit and working together toward a common goal. They learn to rely on each other and support each other through the wins and the loses. Each member of the team is critical to its success. The team uniforms help to reinforce a sense of pride in the team and the community it represents.

The benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Physically fit children are not only healthier but recent studies suggest that they often do better in school as well.

Everyone needs a dream, for some it is to one day play at a professional or Olympic level. Fastpitch was watched by millions this year as the American team went undefeated at the Olympics. It generated interest in a whole new generation of girls.

Erindale teams are coached by experienced volunteers who have a passion for the game. We work on drills to improve softball skills, co-ordination, conditioning and agility. As the team or individual evolves their needs change. The coaches are continually updating and changing their practice plans to keep the practices exciting, current and relevant to the evolving team.

Fastpitch is a great way to make new friends whether you are new to the community or are a long time resident. Come on out and check us out.

 



GIRLS SOFTBALL RESULTS FROM 2002:


2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners: Playoff Finalists: Pennant Winners:
Squirt Mite Mite 05 Squirt 13 Squirt 11
Novice Novice Squirt 14 Bantam 33 Novice 21
Bantam Midget Novice 25   Playoff Finalists:
Midget Playoff Champions: Bantam 34   Novice 21
Playoff Champions: Mite Playoff Finalists:   Playoff Champions:
Squirt Midget Mite 05   Mite 01
Novice   Squirt 14   Squirt 11
Midget   Playoff Champions:    
    Mite 04    
    Squirt 13    
    Novice 25    
    Bantam 34    
         
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners:
Bantam 302 Mite 001 Midget 401 Midget 402 Junior 501
Midget 401 Bantam 301 Playoff Finalists: Playoff Finalists: Playoff Finalists:
Playoff Finalists: Midget 402 Mite 001 Squirt 101 Squirt 102
Bantam 301 Playoff Finalists: Squirt 102 Midget 402 Bantam 301
Midget 401 Bantam Blue 302 Midget 403 Playoff Champions: Playoff Champions:
Playoff Champions: Playoff Champions: Playoff Champions: Midget 403 Junior 501
Squirt 101 Bantam White 301 Novice 201    
Bantam 302        
         
2012 2013 2014     
Pennant Winners:  Pennant Winners: Pennant Winners:     
Ladies 601  Novice 201 Junior 501     
Playoff Finalists:  Ladies 601 Ladies 601     
Mite White 001  Playoff Finalists: Playoff Finalists:     
Squirt White 101  Ladies 601 Squirt White 101     
Playoff Champions:   Playoff Champions:     
Ladies 601   Novice White 201     
    Novice Blue 202     
    Ladies 601     
 


From 2002 to 2014 the Erindale girl's softball program has won:
26 Regular Season Pennants Winners
21 Playoff Championships
19 Playoff Finalists

We have a strong, stable and growing program that provides for a fun summer of play for all girls in the City of Mississauga. We are located in central Mississauga, playing our home games at Martin Dobkin diamond, just south of Square One Shopping Mall. Our program features winter pitching and skills clinics, summer Select teams at all levels, weekly practices for all house league teams at all ages. We have a strong, dedicated group of coaches who provide a positive learning environment for all players.

Our teams play in the Mississauga Girls Softball Association, interlocking with other teams from Mississauga and west Etobicoke.

Girls progress through the various softball divisions, while developing skills in a fun competitive environment. Our program is focused on skills development throughout the year, with winter skills and pitching clinics available to all players.

For more information on registering your daughter in Erindale for the 2014 season, please
email us at softballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca .

Division Ages Skill Level
Mite 8-10 Introduction to windmill pitching, and basic softball fundamentals. Combination of machine pitch and live pitching. Pitching is from 30' and bases set at 45'.
Squirt 11-12 Continued skill development. Introduce base stealing and sliding. Bases are 55', and pitching from 35'.
Novice 13-14 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 38'. Refining skills.
Bantam 15-16 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 40'.
Midget 17-19 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 43'.
Junior 20-22 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 43'
Ladies  23 & up  Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 43' 


Softball Select News

2014 Softball Select Teams:

Squirt:
Coach: No Team in 2014
Tournaments Entered:


Novice:
Coach: Paul Carriere
Tournaments Entered:

June 8 - Brampton  - Silver
June 14 - Milton - Gold
July 5 - Erindale - 7th place
July 12 - Ancaster - Gold
Aug 16/17 - OSSTA (Brantford) - Silver (Provincial Finalists)
September 27 - Etobicoke - Bronze 

Bantam:
Coach: Ralph Hyatt
Tournaments Entered:

June 21 - Mississauga North - 4th place
July 19 - Erindale
 - Silver
August 9- Etobicoke - 4th place
August 23/24 - PWSA (Brampton) - Gold (Provincial Finalists)


Midget:
Coach: no team in 2014
Tournaments Entered:

Junior:
Coach: Mauro Palomba/Lou Lamanna
Tournaments Entered:

July 11/12/13 - Niagara Falls - 4th place


2014 Softball Select Team News:

 

BANTAM SELECT - PWSA PROVINCIALS

A provincial championship tournament that started on a bad note turned into a golden moment for Erindale’s Bantam girls. The team started their tournament early Saturday morning with a date against the host Brampton team. They turned in a lackadaisical performance that saw them blow an early lead and go down to a 11-9 defeat. Has everyone seen the highly inspirational speech delivered by the Little League coach after his team lost? Imagine the complete opposite and you have an idea of the message that was delivered after this one. A blistering tirade that ended with the coach kicking the bucket of balls all over the field before storming away. Later that afternoon the girls showed that the message was received as they got back on track by totally dominating a tough Newmarket team 18-1. The next morning saw the girls edge Topham Park 3-1 in a well played nail biter. When Newmarket beat Brampton it opened the door for Erindale and the girls sealed the deal with a 19-1 shellacking of Byron that ended in 3 innings by the mercy rule. With a first place finish in their pool the team advanced to the gold medal game to face their long time nemeses from Whitby. With four golds and seven medals in seven tournaments, the Lightning were the consensus top squad in Bantam and prohibitive favourites for the Championship.  Across several seasons including two tough defeats this year, this group of Erindale girls had never beaten coach Andy and his Whitby Lightning. The two teams went at it toe to toe and sparkling defensive plays and outstanding pitching saw the game tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh. After two quick outs Taylar knocked a single and Zoe liked the first pitch she saw, driving it just fair down the left field line and beating out the throw home for a two run homer and 5-3 Erindale lead. Whitby got one aboard but Salisha cut down the runner on a delayed steal with a bullet to Erica at second  to end the game and make the Erindale Lions 2014 Provincial Champions. After their rocky start, the Lions went a combined 45-6 in four games. Salisha was absolutely dominant on the pitching rubber carrying the load for all but 4 innings and winning four straight with three complete games on the way to the Championship. Good pitching leads to great defense with the girls on their toes and looking for outs. Erindale absolutely locked it down on D with great plays all over the diamond but especially not one ball in play made it through the right side of the infield where Joanna (2B) and Zoe (1B) held court. Besides Zoe’s clinching HR, Jesse stroked 3 long balls this weekend including two in one inning against Newmarket while Alexis added two and Emily K had one. Chelsi, Emily C, Sonya and Yulia also made big contributions both in the field and at the plate as every player brought their best game to this, the most important tournament of the Select season. Special thanks to coaches James, Joe and Kirk. Always coaching and always on top of the details. We are over the top proud of our players.

 

NOVICE SELECT - OSSTA PROVINCIALS

This past weekend, our Novice Select softball team travelled down the 403 to Brantford to compete on the OSSTA Provincial tournament. When the schedule was received, the coaches knew they had a difficult draw, based on their season record of 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal. Game one was against a tough squad from Burlington, who had medalled in each of the tournaments they participated in. Erindale came out on top, by a 6-3 score. Game two, against Stittsville, was an equally difficult game, that ended with a 3-1 victory for Erindale. Our third game of the day, was against Windsor Forest Glade. They had two Gold medals, as well. With the off and on rain, third game of the day and second in a row, fatigue was starting to become a factor. Erindale jumped out to a 11-4 lead, with some strong hitting, and looked to be able cruise to the playoffs on Sunday. However, Forest Glade did not give up, and some uncharacteristic errors, allowed them to score 7 runs over the last two innings. With another run, Erindale was able to prevail by a 12-11 score.
Sunday saw better weather, and a quarter final match with the surprising home team from Brantford. The bats were booming, and the game was broken open with a grand slam home run, en route to a 12-1 victory. The semi final was against Whitby White, a team that had defeated us earlier in the season. The hard fought battle, tied a two going into the 5th inning was clinched with a 5 run outburst, to lead the team to a 9-2 victory.
The Championship game, against Mississauga Southwest, was a tight affair. Again tied at 2 in the 5th, Erindale again broke the game open with a 5 run inning. Getting a quick two outs in the top of the 6th, it looked like the team was well on it's way. However, some odd calls, errors,  and bloop hits, allowed Mississauga SW to tie the game. Based on time, we headed to the International Tiebreaker. MSW scored 2 runs in the top of the first extra inning, with Erindale responding with 2 in the bottom to tie. In the2nd extra inning, MSW scored 1 run. They were able to keep Erindale off the scoresheet  in the botoom of the inning, marking the only time we trailed in the tournament. The Silver medal was well earned and the coaching staff are extremely proud of all 13 girls who played this summer.


BANTAM SELECT - ERINDALE TOURNAMENT

  After a disappointing first tournament that saw the Bantam girls drop a pair of one run games and finish out of the medals, things turned around on home turf. Pool play saw the Lions sandwich a pair of mercies over Oshawa (27-1) and Burlington (12-2) around a hard fought 6-0 win over Newmarket. First place meant a showdown with Whitby, who had edged Erindale 12-11 on their way to Gold in the Mississauga North tournament. The Erindale girls pounded ball after ball into the outfield but Whitby fielders had an outstanding game in running balls down and making acrobatic catches and the game eventually came to a 10-0 decision for the Lightning.

Erica and Salisha carried the load on the rubber for Erindale and both had outstanding stuff.  Salisha tossed a two hit complete game shut out of Newmarket and Erica dominated Burlington for a complete game victory. The offense was really cooking with contributions from everyone in the lineup. In particular Alexis, Joanna and Taylar had hot bats and were constantly on base and driving in runs for Erindale.

Next action for the Bantams will be Etobicoke August 9th.

 

JUNIOR SELECT - NIAGARA FALLS TEDDY BEAR TOURNAMENT 
‎This past weekend, 11 woman, a mixture of players from Erindale's ladies and junior teams, coached my Mauro Palomba, Lou Lamanna, Kim Peck and Uly Mendoza, went to Niagara Falls to participate in The Teddy Bear tournament.
With an early 8:00 am start Erindale started the day out with a well played 3 to 2 win over Pickering. Followed up with a 14 to 4 win over Owen Sound, 9 to 8 loss against Ancaster, 5 to 2 win against Niagara Falls. 
Saturday ended with Erindale finishing 2nd in their pool and advancing to Sunday
On a dark Sunday morning, with a threat of thunder storms, we played again at 8:00am. An exceptionally well played game by both teams ended with Erindale losing to Grimsby 8 to 7. Which knocked us out of the championship round to the consolation round.
The consolation round was against Niagara Falls after 5 innings ahead, Niagara Falls came back and took the lead. Ending in a 13 to 5 lose for Erindale. 
Erindale took 4th over all.
The ladies of Erindale softball represented the league with excellent sportsmanship and grace. They endured pulled muscles, collisions, stepped on hands, bruises, and lots of sliding scrapes and all with smiles on their faces!
A special thank you goes out to the families that were there cheer on, patch up bleeding body parts, give massages, keeping everyone fed and hydrated through out the weekend. Softball champions regardless of standings!

NOVICE SELECT - ANCASTER TOURNAMENT

 After finishing out of the medals for the second time in three seasons, the Novice Softball Select travelled to Ancaster for their fourth tournament of the season. In their first game, the girls came out of the gate fast, taking their fist game by a 10-1 score. Game two was againast the host team from Ancaster. Another fast start saw the girls score the first 12 runs, with the final 12-1. After a 3 hour break, a combined entry from Port Dover and Fisherville was next. The team rode hot pitching and strong bats to a 16-1 win, and a trip to the Championship. The final was against a familiar foe, Mississauga Southwest, who also rode a 3-0 record to the final. After a scoreless first inning, Erindale scored two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead. A 5 run third inning, put the game away, as the girls coasted to a 10-1 win. Congratulations to all the players for another great performance.

NOVICE SELECT - MILTON TOURNAMENT

 

Novice Selects were back in action on June 14, in the Milton Batz tournament. The team opened with a game against the Whitby White Lightening. Despite loading the bases in the last inning, we were unable to push across the tieing run, in a 6-5 loss. Player of the game was Amanda P. Having to win their final two games to make it to the medal round, they came up with a strong effort defeating Waterloo 7-0. Pitching the shutout was player of the game Erica F. The third round robin game was against our rivals, Etobicoke Chaos. The team came out strong, running up a 4-0 lead and crusing to a 8-4 victory. Player of the game was Alexis F. It was up to the math to see if we had done enough to qualify. Three teams ended up at 2-1, so run differential would decide if we played in the Gold, or Bronze game, or if we were headed home. Tied with Etobicoke at plus 10, we went to the second tiebreaker which was runs against. We had only allowed 10 runs, with Etobicoke allowing 13. On to the Gold game vs the host team from Milton! The Championship was a back and forth affair, resulting in a 5-5 tie after seven innings. In the top of the 8th inning, Milton scored 2 runs to take a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Erindale tied the game three batters in. Emma P then stroked a solid double scoring Julie K. to win the teams first Gold of the season. Player of the game was Emma.

NOVICE SELECT - BRAMPTON TOURNAMENT

Novice Softball Select participated in their first tournament of the season on June 8 in Brampton. A slow start in the morning, saw them come out on the wrong side of an 8-6 score to Unionville. In their second game, the bats came alive in an 18-0 victory over Oakville, setting up a "must-win" game vs the host Brampton Flames. The girls rose to the occasion, with a 12-5 win. The created a 3 way tie for first, which put us in the Gold game, via a plus 12 run differential. The game, against Etobicoke was played in a constant rain which caused havoc for our pitching. Unfortunately, the team ran out of steam in a 9-2 defeat, giving them the silver medal. A well earned result for the first time out.

 



 

2014 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 11 tournaments)

GOLD - 3 Novice (Ancaster, Milton), Bantam (PWSA)
SILVER - 3 Novice (Brampton, OSSTA) Bantam (Erindale)
BRONZE - 1  Novice (Etobicoke), 
  

2013 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 10 tournaments)

 

GOLD - 3 Novice (Mississauga North, Etobicoke), Midget (Erindale)
SILVER - 2  Novice (Mississauga Southwest), Bantam (Unionville)
BRONZE - 2  Novice (Oakville), Bantam (Topham Park)  

2012 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 11 tournaments)
 

GOLD - 0
SILVER - 5
Novice (Etobicoke and Unionville), Midget (Brantford, Erindale and Big League Canadians)
BRONZE - 3  Novice (Brampton and Oakville) Squirt (OSSTA)

2011 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 9 tournaments)

GOLD - 0

SILVER - 2 Squirt - (Ancaster), Senior (LL Canadians)

BRONZE - 1 Midget Palomba - (Oakville)


2010 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 16 tournaments)

GOLD - 4 Midget (Oakville), Bantam (Provincials, Ancaster and Erindale)
SILVER - 4 Bantam (MNBA), Novice (Whitby), Squirt (Whitby and Brampton)
BRONZE - 2 Midget Royal (Erindale), Squirt (Ancaster)

 


2009 MEDAL COUNT:

GOLD - 1
SILVER - 3
BRONZE - 2



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