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Sunday, August 14
League Champs '05 - '10; Provincial Gold '06, '08, '10; Provincial Silver '07, '09; Provincial Bronze '04, '05

Welcome UWO Fastball Enthusiasts! 

Our website has moved to: http://www.westernmustangs.ca, see you over there. 

2011-12 Mustang Softball Tryouts:   Tryouts will begin on our campus diamond (northeast corner of campus, off Richmond St just south of Windermere) on August 31 at 4pm.  Parking is available.  As this is several days before nonathletes move in to residence be sure to notify Head Coach P Lemon (plemon@uwo.ca) of your intention to tryout so that your room can be made ready for your early arrival.  Please come ready for activity.  Tryouts will continue daily through September 5 with our Annual Purple vs White Inner-squad Game after which the 2011-12 team will be selected.  All recruits will receive a Mustang practice shirt, a pizza picnic welcome party following the first tryout, and at least 3 tryout sessions.  If you are not selected, feedback on what to work on to improve will be provided.  Cost to tryout is $25.    

Mustangs Available to Assist with Your Practice:   Would you like Mustang players to run a practice at your site?  Tell your coach to contact us (plemon@uwo.ca) for details.  Learn how to play the game like we do.  

Mustangs Host Youth Ball Camps Weekly July 4 through August 12: Weekly, half day (choice of morning or afternoon) softball camps for boys or girls (ages 8-11 or 12-14) at Western from July 4 through August 12.  Instructors are members of the 2010 Ontario Champion Mustang softball team.  Instruction will focus on fundamental skills and proper mechanics through both drills and game play.  Visit www.westernmustangs.ca and click on Sport Western Camps or email plemon@uwo.ca for details or to register. 

Mustangs Enjoy Competition and Sun in Florida:   Fifteen members of the Mustang softball team flew to Central Florida (Tampa-Clearwater area) February 18-26 for some spring training workouts and 10 games against American universities.  The competition was expected to be stiff as the American schools started their seasons in early February and had played 10-15 games when the Mustangs arrived.  In contrast, the Mustangs had not played since winning the Ontario University Championship last October but in preparation practised indoors twice a week since the winter term began.  Three starters were unable to participate due to other commitments creating opportunities for backup players to step up and they did not disappoint. 

Overcoming some initial rust as well as several injuries the Mustangs' play improved as the week progressed culminating in a sweep (4-1; 3-0) of their double header against the Lions from St Leo UIniversity.  These two games were the first ever played in the Lion's beautiful new $1.2 million facility.  As such, several Mustangs go down in the St Leo staduim record books as follows: First Batter - Steph Reid, First Base hit - Leah Margolis, First Strikeout Pitched - Melinda Stevenson, First Run Scored - Tricia MacKay, First Extra Base Hit - Victoria Ely, First RBI - Victoria Ely, First Win - Melinda Stevenson, and First Save - Molly Yetman.  

Earlier in the week the Mustangs defeated Hillsborough College (5-4), Pasco-Hernado College (3-2), tied Eckerd College (3-3), and lost to St Pete's College (2-1), Warner University (10-0; 2-1), St Johns River (13-7), and Broward College (6-3).  In addition to games and practices, the Mustangs took advantage of the great weather (25-27 degrees and sun every day) to visit the beach, Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure, the Blue Jays' training camp in Dunedin, and several area shopping malls!

It was a great experience, one that will be remembered fondly by all and one that provided important softball game learning experiences.
                     

Mustangs Win '10 Provincial Title, Complete Undefeated Season:   The Mustangs claimed the 2010 Ontario Championship today as they defeated the Windsor Lancers 6-1 in the semi-final game, and then went on to defeat the Guelph Gryphons by a score of 8-2 in the final at the Ontario Intercollegiate Fastpitch Championship at Mohawk Sports Park in Hamilton.  The Mustangs were undefeated throughout the entire 2010 season and it is their 3rd Provincial title in the past 5 seasons.

In the Championship game, Western trailed 1-0 and 2-1.  Taking the lead 3-2 in the 3rd inning on doubles by Meg Hewins (Burlington, Ont) and Leslie Hanson (Oakville, Ont) they later broke the game open in the 6th with 2 RBI doubles by both Lindsey Martin (London, Ont) and Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, Ont).  Shea Black (Toronto, Ont) picked up the victory in the circle and Molly Yetman (Cambridge, Ont) recorded the save.  Mustang SS Steph Reid (Scarborough, Ont) was the tournament MVP. 
  
In the semi-final vs Windsor, the Mustangs got all they needed in the 2nd inning scoring 4 runs on 5 consecutive hits including doubles by Hanson and Reid and singles by AJ Anstett (Cargell, Ont), Tricia MacKay (Embro, Ont) and Vanessa Homiak (Orangeville, Ont).  Pitcher Melinda Stevenson (Brampton, Ont) allowed just 4 Lancer hits.

Earlier in the tournment, the Mustangs shut out Ottawa (7-0), pounding out 13 hits including 3 triples, two by Proniuk and one by Reid.  Stevenson got the 5 inning, 1 hit run rule win for Western. 

In their second tournament game, Western defeated the York Lions 9-3, although they trailed 3-2 into the 5th inning when they exploded for 6 runs all with two outs.  The big blow was a 3 run triple by Danielle Beckett (Embro, Ont).  Yetman got the victory striking out 10 in 3 and 2/3 innings of relief. 

At the Awards banquet on Saturday evening Mustangs Reid and Yetman were selected as Ontario All-Stars.

Mustangs Enter Provincial Tournament as the # 1 Seed:  This weekend (Oct 22-24), the Mustangs travel to Hamilton to attempt to bring home the 2010 Ontario Championship.  If they do so it would be their third Provincial crown in the past 5 years (the other two years the Mustangs finished second). 

The tournament features the top 8 Ontario regular season finishers (Western, Guelph, Laurier, Toronto, York, Waterloo, Windsor, and Ottawa) plus McMaster as the host and has an elimination format.  If one stays in the winner’s bracket four wins will take the title.  Once in the loser’s bracket, teams face elimination and must win several more games to get to the Championship game depending on when their first loss occurs. 

Western enters as the number one seed after completing their second consecutive undefeated regular season.  The tournament begins Friday at 4pm but the Mustangs, who earned a bye in the initial round, play first at 8:45am Saturday vs the McMaster - Ottawa winner.  A win would pit them against the York (5th seed) - Toronto (4th seed) winner at 12:30pm Saturday and a second win would put them into the semi-final game at 11am Sunday.  The Championship goes at 3pm Sunday.

All games are a Mohawk Sports Park.           

Second Consecutive Undefeated Regular Season Complete with Sweeps of Waterloo and Laurier:  Trailing 0-3 into the 4th inning against a solid Waterloo squad, the Mustangs’ bid for an undefeated season received perhaps its greatest challenge on Friday evening.  Warrior Freshman pitcher Nicole Singleton allowed only two singles into the 4th inning when Mustang Senior Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, Ont) reached on an error, stole second, and scored on a triple by 3B Danielle Beckett (Embro, Ont) who scored herself when Designated Player Leslie Hanson (Oakville, Ont) followed with a single.  Perhaps sensing Singleton was tiring, the Warriors brought in Junior pitcher Sara Moroz in the 5th but the move did not work out for the Warriors as the Mustangs batted around scoring 7 runs in the inning including a leadoff triple and a 3 RBI double by Western SS, Steph Reid (Scarborough, Ont).  Then in the 6th inning Sophomore Tricia MacKay (Embro, Ont) singled in Proniuk for a walk-off run rule victory.  Molly Yetman (Cambridge, Ont) got the win in relief for Western.

In game 2, the Mustangs led 1-0 in the 4th inning when Moroz gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with a 2 run double.  Western tied it up in the 6th when 2B Lindsey Martin (London, Ont) scored on a one out, single by Beckett.  Then in the 7th, Freshman 1B Kara Stirling (London, Ont) singled, stole 2B, and advanced to 3B on a sacrifice by Sophomore OF Leah Margolis.  This prompted a pitching change by Waterloo but once again the change failed to halt the charging Mustangs who scored 5 runs in the inning including RBI hits by Vanessa Homiak (Orangeville, Ont), Proniuk, and Beckett.  Molly Yetman picked up the win with 2 innings of no hit relief pitching.

Saturday was Senior Day and the Mustangs honoured Julianne Proniuk (Biomedical Sciences) and Vanessa Homiak (Education) who will graduate next June.  Both have been Ontario University All-Stars as well as Quest for Gold Scholarship recipients.  Homiak joined the Mustangs this year after graduating from The University of Ottawa while Proniuk, who was selected to the All Tournament Team at the 2009 National Championship, is completing her 4th year with Western, including the last three as team captain.  

Both were instrumental on this day as the Mustangs defeated Laurier 8-0 in a run-rule shortened 5 inning contest and 6-0.  In game 1, Western scored 3 runs in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd and broke it open with 3 more runs in the 4th including a leadoff triple by Jenn Roesel (Brampton, Ont), a triple by Martin, and a HR by Meg Hewins (Burlington, Ont) in consecutive at bats.  Proniuk and Homiak added doubles for Western.  Shea Black (Toronto, Ont) went the distance in the circle for the win.

In game 2, the Mustangs exploded for 5 runs in the 2nd inning on 5 hits (including a HR by Reid and a triple by Hewins) and cruised to a 6-0 victory.  MacKay recorded a triple, a double, and 2 singles in 4 plate appearances.  Mel Stevenson (Brampton, Ont) was the winning pitcher.

The Mustangs now enter the Provincial Championship Oct 22-24 in Hamilton as the number 1 seed.  Other qualifiers include Guelph, Laurier, Toronto, York, and Waterloo.  The remaining 2 seeds will be determined in next weekend’s Play-In Tourney at the Brampton Fairgrounds.

Oct 3 Games at McMaster Rained Out:  Rain prevented a rematch of the '09 Ontario Final between Western and McMaster on Sunday, Oct 3.  Next action for the 16-0 Mustangs is Friday, Oct 8 at 5 and 7pm vs Waterloo and Saturday, Oct 9 at 11am and 1pm vs the second place Laurier Gloden Hawks.  All 4 games are at London's Stronach Park. 

Mustangs Continue Winning Ways with Two Shutout Victories over Brock:  Molly Yetman (Cambridge, Ont) pitched a no hit, 15 strikeout, gem in Game 1 on Saturday, Oct 2 vs Brock.  Only one Badger reached base on a 4th inning base on balls.  All 15 outs in the run rule shortened game (game ends after 5 innings if one team leads by 7 or more runs) were strikeouts.  The Mustangs won 10-0.  Offensively, Danielle Beckett (Embro, Ont) hit 1 HR, 2 doubles, and picked up 3 RBI; while Leslie Hanson (Oakville, Ont) recorded 3 singles, 3 RBI, and scored 1 run). 

In Game 2, Mel Stevenson (Brampton, Ont) allowed only 2 Brock hits in a 7-0 run rule shortened game.  At the plate, Freshman, AJ Anstett (Cargill, Ont) got 1 triple, 1 single, 1 BB, and 1 RBI; Steph Reid had 1 double, 1 single, 3 RBI, and 2 runs; and Tricia MacKay added 1 triple.

The Mustangs record improved to 16 wins and 0 losses.  Next action is Sunday, Oct 3 at McMaster (noon & 2pm).

Road Wins at York and Queen's Keep Mustangs Undefeated: The Mustangs (14-0) continued their winning ways sweeping York (6-6) on Sat, Sept 25 (8-2; 9-0) and Queen’s (4-7) on Sun, Sept 26 (6-0; 12-3).  Shea Black (Toronto, Ont) got the win in Game 1 vs York and Mel Stephenson (Brampton, Ont) picked up a save.  Molly Yetman (Cambridge, Ont) was 3 outs away from a perfect game in Game 2 and finished with a 1 hitter.  That was the only York player to reach base as Yetman struck out the next batter, induced a pop up to 3B, and struck out the final batter for a total of 14K in the shutout victory.  It was her second win of the season in as many starts (she also fanned 14 in her initial start). 

Mustang bats were working as well as home runs were hit by Steph Reid (Scarborough, Ont) (2), Leslie Hanson (Oakville, Ont), and Julianne Proniuk.  Meg Hewins (Burlington, Ont) reached base in all 7 of her plate appearances which included 1 triple, 3 singles, and two walks).

Against Queens’ Stevenson picked up her 4th win in Game 1 and Black her 6th victory in Game 2.  Offensively, the Mustangs continued right where they left off on Saturday, pounding out 22 hits, including triples by Hanson (2), Hewins, Proniuk, and Tricia MacKay (Embro, Ont) and doubles by AJ Anstett (Cargill, Ont) and Rachel Meyer (Toronto, Ont).    

Next action is 2pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Brock and noon Sunday, Oct 3 at McMaster (both are doubleheaders).

Mustangs Improve to 12-0:  The Mustangs won both games vs York on Sat, Sept 25 by scores of 8-2 and 8-0 improving their season record to 12-0.  Shea Black got the voctory in Game 1 and Mel Stevenson recorded a save.  In Game 2, Molly Yetman was 3 outs away from a perfect game, recording 14K in the 1 hit shutout win.

Mustang bats were also hot as home runs were hit by Steph Reid (2), Leslie Hanson, and Julianne Proniuk.  Meg Hewins reached base in all 7 of her plate appearances which included 1 triple, 3 singles, and 2 walks.  

Next action is Sun, Sept 26 vs Queen's at noon in Kingston.   

Mustangs Sweep Toronto & Guelph: The Mustangs renewed their rivalry with the University of Toronto Blues at home on Saturday, Sept 18 and came away with 2 victories in the doubleheader (8-0 and 8-1).  Junior pitcher, Molly Yetman (Cambridge, Ont) dominated in the first game with 14K in the shutout victory and Junior, Shea Black (Toronto, Ont) picked up the win in Game 2. 

Offensively, outfielder Vanessa Homiak (Orangeville, Ont) had 3 singles, a double, 2 RBI, and scored 3 runs; Junior 2B, Lindsey Martin (London, Ont) had a single, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBI, and scored 3 runs; and SS, Steph Reid (Scarborough, Ont) had 2 singles, 2 triples, 2 RBI, and scored 4 runs. 

On Sunday, the Mustangs also swept Guelph, 3rd place finishers in the '09 Provincial Tournament, 7-0 and 6-2 on Community Softball Day.  Melinda Stevenson (Brampton, Ont) got the complete game win in Game 1 while Shea Black won Game 2, improving her record to a team best 4-0. 

At the plate, Junior Meg Hewins (Burlington, Ont) had 4 singles, a triple, and 2 RBI; Freshman, AJ Anstett recorded 3 singles, 1 triple,, and 3 RBI; and Sophomore, Tricia MacKay hit a single, a triple, and scored 2 runs to lead the Mustangs.  Currently, Western sits alone in 1st place with a 10-0 record. 

Next action is Sat, Sept 25 at York (2pm) and Sun, Sept 26 at Queen's (noon).  Both are doubleheaders.

Mustangs Improve to 6-0:  On Wednesday, Sept 15 the Mustangs travelled to Windsor to renew their softball rivalry with the Lancers.  Although shorthanded due to several class conflicts, a determined Mustang squad had several players in unfamiliar positions but executed well taking both ends of the doubleheader (8-1 in a run rule-shorted game and 3-0).  Mel Stevenson (Brampton, Ont) went the distance in the circle in Game 1 recording 10 strikeouts while scattering 4 hits.  The Windsor run was unearned. 

In Game 2, Shea Black (Toronto, Ont) gave up only 3 hits in the complete game shutout victory.  At the plate, Lindsey Martin (London, Ont), Meg Hewins (Burlington, Ont), and Freshman, Kara Stirling (London, Ont) were all 4 for 7.  Martin recorded 2 triples and scored 3 times.  Dani Abdilla (Brampton, Ont) went 3 for 5 scoring twice, Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, Ont) had 2 RBI, and Tricia MacKay (Embro, Ont) hit a homerun.  Western’s record improves to 6-0 and Windsor falls to 3-3.

Next action for the Mustangs is at home (Stronach Park) on Sat, Sept 18 vs University of Toronto (2pm start) and Sun, Sept 19 vs Guelph (noon start).  Both schools were playoffs teams in ’09 with Guelph finishing third among the 12 Ontario schools.

 

Mustangs Open '10 Season with Four Victories:  The Mustangs took both ends of the double header vs Ottawa Sat, Sept 11 (5-2 & 10-3) and vs Carleton Sun, Sept 12 (14-0 & 20-0).  The second game vs Ottawa and both vs Carleton were run rule victories (one team leading by 7 or more runs after 5 innings).  The Mustangs pounded out 35 hits against Carleton and 20 vs Ottawa.  Senior, Catcher Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON) recorded 6 hits (including 3 triples and 6 RBI), Graduate Student, Steph Reid (Scarborough, ON) got 5 hits and 7 RBI; Junior, Lindsey Martin (London, ON) had 5 hits (including a HR); Vanessa Homiak (Orangeville, ON) 5 hits and 5 RBI; and Freshman, AJ Anstett 5 hits and 3 RBI.  Sophomore, Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) and Junior, Shea Black (Toronto, ON) got the wins over Ottawa while Danielle Beckett (Embro, ON) and Freshman, Kara Stirling (London, ON) won vs Carleton. 

Next action for the Mustangs is 5pm Wednesday, Sept 15 at Windsor.  The next home games are 2pm Saturday, Sept 18 vs University of Toronto and noon Sunday, Sept 19 vs The University of Guelph.  Both are double headers at London's Stronach Park.

2010 Mustangs Selected!  This year's Mustang team includes: Danielle Abdilla, Alanna Anstett, Danielle Beckett, Shea Black, Victoria Ely, Leslie Hanson, Meg Hewins, Vanessa Homiak, Tricia MacKay, Leah Margolis, Lindsey Martin, Rachel Meyer, Julianne Proniuk, Steph Reid, Jenn Roesel, Mel Stevenson, Kara Stirling, and Molly Yetman. 

2010 Season Schedule: The Mustangs open their '10 fall conference schedule against '09 Provincial semi-finalist Ottawa at Stronach Park at 2pm on Sept 11.  In addition, Carleton, Toronto, Guelph, Waterloo, and Laurier will play locally in '10.  The Mustangs travel to Windsor, York, Queen's, Brock, and McMaster during regular season play.  All games are doubleheaders.  The Ontario Championship will be played at McMaster, Oct 22-14.  New this fall is a Play-in Tourney (double knockout format, Toronto Oct 16-17) to determine seeds 5 through 8 for the Championship (top four regular season finishers automatically qualify).  Of special note in '10 is our first Alumni Game (Sept 10) where Mustang players from the past (2002-2009) will return to campus for some diamond action.  For the complete Fall schedule click on the News folder (to the left). 

2009 Season Awards Announced: Parents, alumni, and friends joined the Mustang student-athletes and coaches for the Annual Softball Awards Reception last weekend at Windermere Manor on campus. Congratulations to Pitcher/OF Shea Black (Most Improved Mustang), Pitcher Jackie Mitchell (Best First Year Player), Catcher Julianne Proniuk (Most Valuable Player), and to OF Meg Maddigan and OF Sio O'Connell who both received the Mustang Award. 

Western Spring/Summer Youth Ball Clinics: The conference Champions ‘Stangs will again hold ball clinics for area youth players (ages 8-18y) looking to improve their skills.  Contact plemon@uwo.ca or call 519-661-2111, 88139 for details.   

Ontario Silver for Western: Western (24-1) came up short in the Provincial Championship game losing to McMaster by a score of 0-3.  The loss ended the 'Stangs bid for the first ever undefeated season in Ontario University Softball.  The 'Stangs had battled McMaster three times earlier this season winning all three by scores of 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3 so the Championship matchup was destined to be another close contest.  Mac scored one run in the first on 2 singles and picked up two more in the third following a walk, a single, a sac fly, and another single.  Western had base runners in the first, fourth, and seventh but did not score.  Tournament MVP, Shannon Galea held the 'Stang offence to just 3 hits in the loss.  It is the fifth consecutive Provincial medal for Western having won Gold in both '06 and '08, Silver in '07, and Bronze in '04 and '05.  The 'Stangs seeded first in the tournament following an 20-0 regular season won all three Championship tournament round robin games (11-4 vs Guelph; 7-1 vs Windsor; 3-0 vs Toronto) and their semi-final vs Ottawa 7-3.  Pitcher, Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) got the Guelph and Ottawa wins, Freshman, Mel Stevenson (Brampton ON) won the Toronto game with a no hitter, and Shea Black (Toronto, ON) won the Windsor game (all were complete game victories).  Lindsey Martin (London, ON) led the UWO offense with 5 singles, a double, and a triple for the weekend, while Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON) got 2 singles, a double, and a triple, Nicole Shillington (Kingston, ON) 6 singles and a double, Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON), 4 singles and a double, and Freshman, Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) 4 singles.

'Stangs Complete First Ever Undefeated Regular Season: Western (20-0) defeated York twice 3-2 and 15-6, Sunday, October 18 at Stronach Park on Senior Day.  In Game 1, Senior, Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) pitched a complete game, 4 hitter for her 9th win against no losses.  Shea Black (Toronto, ON) won Game 2 improving her record to 4-0.  In Game 1, Senior Tri-Captain, Siobhan O'Connell (Mississauga, ON) hit a two out, full count, 2 RBI, double in the bottom of the 6th to put UWO in front for good (one of only 5 hits for Western in the game).  In Game 2, the 'Stang bats rebounded pounding out 20 hits.  Senior, Tri-Captain, Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON) went 5 for 5 (2 triples and 3 singles), Tri-Captain, Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON) hit 3 doubles, O'Connell continued her game 1 heroics with a triple and a single, Jen Roesel (Brampton, ON) a double and a single, Freshman, Tricia MacKay (Embro, ON) a double and a single, and Freshman, Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) 2 singles.     The wins make the defending champion Mustangs the number 1 seed for the '09 Provincial Championship  to be played at Stronach Park (October 23-25).  The action begins at 5:30pm on Friday.  Go to www.oiwfa.org for complete schedule as well as scores and updates.

'Stangs Sweep Golden Gaels: Western defeated Queen's 8-1 and 8-3 October 17 to extend their conference undefeated record to 18-0.  The defending Ontario Champs occupy first place in the 12 school loop and tomorrow they can complete their first ever undefeated season if they take the doubleheader vs York Lions (noon and 2pm) at Stronach Park.  Currently, the Lions occupy 6th spot but only 2 points out of fourth.  They need the victories to secure a Provincial playoff spot as several schools are battling for the final few slots.  The 8 team Provincial Championship goes at Stronach next Weekend (Oct 23-25).  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) extended her record to 8 wins and no losses in Game 1 with a 5 hitter.  Freshman, Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) improved to 7-0 with a 4 hit win in Game 2.  Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON), Julieanne Proniuk (Brampton, ON), Leslie Hanson (Oakville, ON), and Freshman, Rachel Meyer (Toronto, ON) all hit triples for Western.  Siobhan O'Connell (Mississauga, ON) added two singles and 3 RBI.

'Stangs Take Bronze at National Championship: Western picked up the bronze medal Monday Oct 12 at the Canadian Intercollegiate Fastpitch Softball Championship at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.  Western's final game (semi-final) was another thriller but this time a victory was not to be as their late inning comeback fell just short.  Following several early inning miscues, the University of Saskatchewan took a 3-0 lead into the 5th inning when Western rallied for 2 runs to draw close.  Then, after holding the Huskies scoreless in the 6 and 7th and with two outs and 'Stang Danielle Abdilla (Brampton, ON) on 2B in the bottom ot the 7th, second base player, Nicole Shillington (Kingston, ON) came to the plate.  With a double, a single, and an RBI in 3 earlier at bats in the game, the table was set to complete the 'Stang comeback.  Shilly drove a shot to deep right field; however, the ball landed in the right fielder's glove at the fence to end the game and with it Western's chance for the National Championship.  Later, in the Championship game, Saskatchewan's luck would also run out as a late inning rally by Ontario's Laurier University produced a 7-3 victory and the Gold Medal.  Mustang catcher, Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON) and third base player, Abdilla were selected to the tournament all-star team. Next Action:  Western continues with OIWFA doubleheaders vs Queen's (Oct 17) and vs York (Oct 18) at Stronach Park.  Currently, the 'Stangs lead with a 16-0 conference record.  Interestingly, both Laurier and Western have qualified for the '09 Ontario Championship (to be played at London's Stronach Park, Oct 22-25) so the '08 Champion 'Stangs can still repeat as Ontario Champions and, in so doing, they will have an opportunity to defeat the National Champions, as well.  In earlier tournament action, Western defeated Laurier 7-6, Calgary 11-1, St. Clair 9-1 and McMaster 4-3 to advance to the National semi-final.  Against Laurier and Calgary on Day 1 of the tournament, Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) had a triple and 3 singles, Abdilla a double and 3 singles, Shillington a triple, Lindsey Martin (London, ON), Proniuk, and Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON) each hit doubles, and Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON) recorded 3 singles.  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) and Kristina Lemon (London, ON) slit the pitching vs Laurier while Lemon and Mel Stevensen (Brampton, ON) pitched vs Calgary.  On Day 2 of the tournament, Proniuk ended the St. Clair game dramatically with a run-rule walk-off 2 run HR in the bottom of the 5th.  Shea Black (Toronto, ON) pitched a 3 hitter for the victory.  Maddigan added a double and 2 singles, Hewins 3 singles, and both Turner and Jen Roesel (Brampton, ON) 2 singles for the 'Stangs.  In the McMaster game, Hewins blasted a solo HR and a 2 run double, while Maddigan hit a double and a single, and both Shillington and Martin got doubles to power UWO over McMaster.  Lemon scattered 6 hits for the victory.   

'Stangs Go 16-0 with 5-4 Walk-Off Win:  Trailing 0-4, Western scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th to defeat the Guelph Gryphons 5-4 in a thrilling finish to Game 2.  The inning started with a lead-off bunt single by Dani Abdilla (Brampton, ON), followed by a single to left by Freshman, Leah Margolis (Vancouver, BC), and then a dramatic 2 strike, 3 run homerun by Freshman, Rachel Meyer (Toronto, ON).  Next, Lindsey Martin (London, ON) singled to left, Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON) moved her to 2B with a single up the middle, Leslie Hanson (Oakville, ON) moved Martin to 3B and Proniuk to 2B with a sacrifice bunt.  Then, Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON) singled to right scoring Martin with the tying run and moving Proniuk to 3B.  After Maddigan stole 2B, Jen Roesel (Brampton, ON) walked, and Pronuik was forced out at the plate on a fielder's choice, Abdilla came to the plate for the second time in the inning and drove the second pitch she saw up the middle scoring Maddigan for the Mustang victory.  Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) went the distance for her 6th win. Earlier in Game 1, Western won 7-1.  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) got the complete game win (her 7th).  Martin hit a triple, Roesel a double, Freshman, Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) two singles, and Meyer, Hewins, Dawn Armstrong (Cobourg, ON), Proniuk, Maddigan, and Abdilla all contributed singles.   Next action for Western is October 10-12 at the Canadian University Championships in Kitchener (first game will be against rival Laurier at 10:45am Oct 10).  '09 League action resumes again at London's Stronach Park Oct 17-18 when Queen's and York are in town. 

'Stangs Improve to 14-0: Saturday, with far better weather than predicted UWO won both vs the Toronto Blues by scores of 7-1 and 8-1.  Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) got the win in Game 1 (her 5th against no losses) with a two hitter.  She had a perfect game through 6 1/3 when a full count pitch hit Toronto's Winnie Law.  Leading Western offensively in Game 1 were Freshman Trish MacKay (Embro, ON) with a double, 2 singles and two RBI, Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON), with a double and a single, and both Dani Abdilla (Brampton, ON) and Freshman, Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) with 2 singles.  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) scattered 4 hits for the Game 2 win (her 6th against no losses).  Freshman, Rachel Meyer (Toronto, ON) hit 3 singles and scored 3 times, Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON), Leslie Hanson (Oakville, ON), Jen Roesel (Brampton, ON), and Abdilla all hit two singles, while Dawn Armstrong (Cobourg, ON) picked up a triple.  Next action for Western is Sunday, Oct 4 in Guelph at Exhibition Park at noon and 2pm. 

'Stangs Win Two Pitchers’ Duels vs Mac: Sunday, with near perfect fall weather, Western battled McMaster in two very entertaining games, both not decided until the final out.  In Game 1, won by Western 1-0, Shea Black (Toronto, ON) pitched a 3 hit shutout over 6 & 2/3 when she knocked down a line drive up the middle off the bat of Mac's Alex Blair.  Although she had to come out of the game to get stitches to her hand, Black was still able to pick up the ball and throw out Blair at 1B for the second out of inning 7.  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) replaced Black and on three pitches retired Mac's 2B, Sam Naylor on a weak ground ball to 'Stang freshman 2B, Rachel Meyer (Toronto, ON) who easily recorded the final out in an exciting and well played game by both teams.  The win was Black's third and Mitchell's first save.  Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON) scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the second, when following her lead-off trip, ‘Stang DP, Leslie Hanson (Oakville, ON) drove Hewins home with a deep sacrifice fly to right centre.  Game 2, won by UWO 3-1, was just as exciting.  Mitchell (5-0) delivered a 4 hit complete game victory.  The deciding inning in this one was the fourth inning when trailing 0-1, Western scored all three of their runs.  Catcher, Julianne Pronuik (Brampton, ON) led off with a single, followed by a walk to DP, Hanson.  After, freshman Tricia MacKay (Embro, ON) entered the game as a pinch runner, ‘Stang SS Lindsey Martin (London, ON) delivered a 2 RBI triple to LF.  Martin scored two batters later when CF, Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON) deposited a ball into RF.  Mac's Shannon Galea went the distance in both games, allowing only 7 Mustang hits and picking up 12 K.  The wins improve the 'Stang's '09 record to 12-0 while previously only once beaten McMaster falls to 7-3.  Next action for Western is Saturday, Oct 3 vs Toronto (2 & 4pm) at Birchwood Park (Clarkson Rd N & Fellen Pl) and Sunday, Sept 28 vs Guelph at Exhibition Park (Exhibition and Division Streets). 

'Stangs Overcome Weather and Brock: On Saturday in on and off again drizzle, Western (10-0) defeated Brock (3-5) by scores of 8-2 and 7-3.  In Game 1, Shea Black (Toronto, ON) picked up the win and Melinda Stevenson (Brampton, ON) a save.  Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) recorded the complete game win in Game 2.  Julianne Proniuk (Brampton, ON) had two triples, a single, 3 walks, and 6 RBI, freshman Kristen Turner (Toronto, ON) added two doubles and a single, and Dani Abdilla (Brampton, ON) 3 singles.  Nicole Shillington (Kingston, ON) and freshman Leah Margolis (Vancouver, BC) scored 4 and 3 runs, respectively.  Guests of the Mustangs were the Woodstock Storm softball club.   The 'Stangs are home again Sunday, Sept 27 for a doubleheader vs McMaster beginning at noon at Stronach Park.   

Home Opener A Big Success: On Wednesday evening the 'Stangs battled regional rivals, The University of Windsor Lancers in their '09 home opener.  Western's offence picked up right where it left off in Ottawa last weekend defeating Windsor 9-0 in Game 1 and 14-3 in Game 2.  Both were run rule shortened games.  UWO connected for 22 hits to Windsor's 6.  Catcher/designated player, Leslie Hanson (Oakville, ON) hit 2 triples, a double, 2 singles, 9 RBI, and scored 2 runs, while 1B, Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON) had a triple, 4 singles, 2 RBI, and scored 7 runs.  Although playing in just one of the games, catcher, Ju Proniuk (Brampton, ON) added a double, 2 singles, 1 RBI, and scored 4 times.  Jackie Mitchell (3-0, London, ON) and Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) shared a one hit win in Game 1.  Stevenson (4-0) went the distance in Game 2 for the win, scattering 5 hits.  The wins improve Western's '09 record to 8 wins and 0 losses.  Guests of the Mustangs for the games were the Nelson Park Girls softball club. Next action for the 'Stangs is Saturday, Sept 26 vs Brock (2 pm) and Sunday, Sept 27 vs McMaster (noon).  Both days are doubleheaders at London's Stronach Park.     

Western Takes Two From Gee-Gees: On Sunday in the rematch of last year's finalists, UWO (6-0) defeated Ottawa (2-2) twice by scores of 8-1 and 10-8.  In Game 1, Jackie Mitchell (London, ON) scattered 4 hits in a run rule shortened game.  In Game 2, Western gave up 3 runs in the first inning but scored runs in every inning except the 2nd to win in an exciting game filled with offense.  Shea Black (Toronto, ON) pitched 4 1/3 innings and Melinda Stevenson (Brampton, ON) recorded the win in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  UWO pounded out 25 hits to Ottawa's 14.  Dawn Armstrong (Cobourg, ON), Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON), Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON), and Nicole Shillington (Kingston, ON) all hit triples, while Lindsey Martin (London, ON) and Ju Proniuk (Brampton, ON) added two doubles each.  The 'Stangs are home this Wednesday vs Windsor (5pm) and next weekend vs Brock (Sat, 2pm) and McMaster (Sun, noon).  All dates are doubleheaders.       

'Stangs Sweep Carleton: Western (4-0) took both games vs Carleton (0-2) Saturday in Ottawa by scores of 11-0 and 20-0.  Shea Black (Toronto, ON) pitched a one hit shutout in Game 1 and Mel Stevenson (Brampton, ON) a 3 hit shutout in Game 2.  Ju Proniak (Brampton, ON) led UWO at the plate with a 5 for 5 day.  Meg Maddigan (Brampton, ON), Sio O'Connell (Mississauga, ON), Lindsey Martin (London, ON) hit triples while Black and Meg Hewins (Burlington, ON) added doubles.  Western takes on Ottawa Sept 20 at noon and 2pm in a rematch



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