NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons are basking in the glory of their second straight provincial high school female fast pitch championship.
Pitcher Kelyn Palmer went the distance, striking out nine and allowing five hits over five innings, as the Gryphons dismantled Avon View 13-2 on June 4 in the championship game of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I female fast pitch championship played in North River.
The Gryphons played errorless ball, while Camryn Halliday had an inside-the-park home run and Hailey Fahie went 3-for-3 at the plate, to finish the tournament undefeated.
“NNEC played well defensively and came to the tournament ready to play offensively,” manager Cindy MacKinnon said. “This is the second provincial win in two years for NNEC girls; they went undefeated in 2015 as well, and the NNEC coaches couldn’t have been more proud of the girls and their team effort.”
North Nova and Avon View were the only teams in their pool, so they met twice in preliminary matches.
The Gryphons survived five team errors in the first game and edged Avon View 8-7.
Winning pitcher Janelle Young fanned five and allowed five hits and walked two.
Halliday went 3-for-3 and drove in a run, Young went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Fahie and Emily Livingston each went 3-for-4.
North Nova downed Avon View in the second game. The winning pitcher was Courtney Smith with four strikeouts and one walk. Smith allowed three hits and three team errors.
Top batters were Fox, Halliday, Fahie and Katie Devine.
The Gryphons met Auburn High in their cross-over game and won 9-2.
Palmer tossed a one hitter over five innings under the mercy rule and struck out 12. Just three opposing batters reached base.
Top batters were Halliday with a triple and an inside-the-park homer.
Abby MacLean had a single, double and triple three RBIs and Smith added a single and double.
Rylee Forsyth went 2-for-3 while knocking in two runs.
Fahie went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Emily Livingstone went 2-for-3 with an RBI.