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Pointe-Claire Royals at Ecclestone Park to conclude the season


The Pointe-Claire Royals found themselves at Ecclestone Park Friday September 5, 2014 as they entered the annual Kirkland ladies softball tournament to conclude the season.

Kathleen O’Reilly (Evil Twin) generated the spark on offense as she collected three hits, a triple, a double, a single, a run scored and five driven in. Deuces were wild for Leanne (Lee Lee) Hillier, Nancy (Nance)Purdon, Aruna(Ru) Bhojwani, Gloria(Glo, Beaker) Cheal, Catherine So, Colette (Co) Prieur, Kristel (KJ) Jackson, and Mary Norman who all had two hits, scored 15 runs, driving in 10, in backing up a 20 hit assault.

Defensively, the team played above and beyond the line of duty. Seven hits were allowed, all singles, with only the 5th, and 6th innings when back to back hits were allowed. Dianne (BO) Beaudry was particularly strong at the Rover position as she flagged down five hits. A 6TH inning run was the only blemish, in what was very strong performance from start to finish.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win 17-1

Game time: 59 minutes

The review on our next challenge against Montreal is based strictly on memory.

The score sheet had more holes then a piece of swisscheese!!

The weather conditions were reminiscent of history revisited to the time of Noah’s ark. The heavy downpour put the game in jeopardy but moved ahead because of its significance. Montreal arrived with a much deeper roster then they fielded in Pointe-Claire and Dorval. Both team played a very good game considering the conditions.

The Royal offense had a multitude of stars as it generated nine runs. Montreal was able to string key hits during several innings. The Royal defense made correct decisions but hits found the holes, as Montreal grabbed the momentum. It was a real challenge mustering a comeback, because of conditions as our opposition takes the game 18-9.

Our final round robin encounter occurred against St-Linde. Cathy and BO continue to illustrate that age is just a number, as good character and preparation allows you to stand tall. Cathy collected two triples, a single, scored once, and drove in two. BO went yard in the 3rd, scored once, and drove in four runs. Ru, So, and Beaker were on board with three hits apiece.

The Royal defense plays a suffocating style. Nine hits were permitted, with only one double. Hitters 6-10 went 3/12 with no runs scored. Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building! Royals win 16-3

Game time: 1h14m

Our play landed us with the # 2 seed and a return semi-final engagement with host Kirkland.

So got the motor running, as she dialed long distance in the opening frame to stake the team to an early 1-0 lead. Glo and Cathy each chipped in with three hit performances backing up a 14 hit attack. The team is blessed to have Co as the starting pitcher. Her ability to keep opponents off keel was on display. Kirkland produced 11 hits, all but one being singles. Their top five hitters 4/15. Backing up this pitching mastery was a defense that saw 11 infield, and seven outfield putouts.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win 9-3

Game time: 59m

The effort had the team in the finals with a return engagement with Montreal. Joey’s mom had it going on, as Ru slapped three singles, a triple, four runs scored, and one driven in. Glo, Lee, Lee, Purdon, and Mary had multiple hit games supplying additional electricity to the offense. The defense was tighter then a buzzard’s butt in a power dive. 11 hits were allowed as their Top 5 went 4/15. A significant play occurred in the 2nd inning as a beautiful 7-6-2 effort to gun down a run set the tone. Our outfield was responsible 11 outs in backing up a solid all around performance.

Salut! Bonjour! Elvis has left the building!

Royals win Kirkland tournament!

Final score: 8-4

This effort punctuates a summer of excellence, as The Royals also won Pointe-Claire, and Dorval. In fact, the last loss in Kirkland happened Sunday September 9, 2012, when Cote-St-Luc won 8-7 in a 79m classic. This team continues to roll. This team continues to shine. Why is that? It may be because of its talent laden roster, but talent sometimes runs absent. The Royals are grand because of its character. It is grand because of its synergy. It is grand because of its leadership from Wayne Clasper downwards. There is nothing harder to combat then the effort, and energy of a squad. This team has an abundance of it all.

Ambassadors on the field. Winners in life!

Royals Fever! Catch it!

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