Stingers host U-16 girls’ softball finals


STELLARTON — The Stellarton Stingers will host the Softball Nova Scotia Under-16 girls’ championship this weekend at the Dorrington Complex.

The Stingers will open the schedule at 6 p.m. on Friday against Highland Park on Field I. They will play West Hants at 11 a.m. on Field II and test the Sackville Surge at 3 p.m. on Field I on Saturday.

The Stingers will face the Cole Harbour Comets at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The first place team will earn a bye to the championship game at 2 p.m. and will play the winner of the game between the second-place and third-place teams that will be played at noon on Sunday.

The U-14 Stingers are in Halifax this weekend participating in their division championship.

Meanwhile, it was not the result the host Stingers were looking for at the Softball Nova U-12 championship tournament they hosted last weekend at the Dorrington Complex.

The Stingers went 1-2 on Saturday and were eliminated from the playoffs when the Dartmouth She Devils posted a come-from-behind 5-4 victory in the Stingers’ third game of the day.

Dartmouth’s rally in the top of the sixth inning negated a three-run home by Sarah Chapman in the third inning.

Olivia Liska was stranded on base with the potential tying run after beating out an infield ground ball.

Henderson was the losing pitcher in the third game and was the pitcher of record in the Stingers’ opening 18-8 setback against Highland Park Red.

Hailey Taylor led the Stingers’ offence with a triple and single.

Sophie MacDonald tripled and singled and Taylor collected two hits to back the pitching of Emma Fraser as the Stingers defeated the Sydney Venom 13-1 in their only win.

Highland Park Heat defeated She Devils 12-2 on Sunday in the championship game. Earlier Highland Park defeated Sackville in one semifinal and the She Devils defeated Cole Harbour Comets setting up the Championship game.

The games follow an agreement that was recently reached between the Nova Scotia Softball Umpire Organization and Softball Nova Scotia.

Both parties agreed to resume normal activities for the betterment of the game through to the conclusion of the 2019 softball season. At the end of the season, both parties have agreed to meet in an effort to resolve their differences.

As a result of this agreement being reached, all Nova Scotia umpires previously scheduled to attend Softball Canada Championships will be permitted to attend their assigned Nationals.

The U-19 female provincial has already been completed, having been won by the Cole Harbour Comets. Both the Comets and the Scotia Storm have qualified and will represent Nova Scotia at the U-19 Eastern Canadian Championships in Fredericton, N.B.

Avery Henderson tosses a pitch for the Stingers in their 5-4 loss on Saturday. (Goodwin photo)