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Bytown Belles Fastball Claim Silver Medal in Tournament

Stephanie Manson

By Stephanie Manson

Originally hailing from Pembroke, Ottawa Valley Attack girls softball alumni pitcher Jean Cardona led the Bytown Belles to a strong second place finish in the Whitby Summer Slam women’s fastball tournament this past weekend.

The Belles were near perfect in the round robin portion of the tournament, with a 7-2 win over Napanee Express, an 11-1 win over Hamilton Cougars, and a close-fought 4-4 tie with Port Perry Angels on Saturday. The Belles returned on Sunday to close out the round robin with a must-win game against the Whitby Eagles Intermediate team to move onto the playoff round. Pitcher Allie Hipgrave was lights out all game, and the Belles played one of their best games of the season to earn a 2-1 victory.

In the semi-finals, the Belles again took on the Port Perry Angels, looking to set the record straight after tying them the previous night. Cardona came up big for the Belles, throwing a complete game and contributing a 2-run double in a 7-5 win for Bytown.

The Belles dropped the finals 7-0 to the Whitby Eagles Senior team, who are the defending senior women’s national champions. Nevertheless, pitcher Shelby Robblee came out strong for the Belles and held Whitby scoreless through two innings.

Outfielder Elissa Sivel and catcher Amber O’Connor, both Pembroke natives, also had big weekends in the field and at the plate to contribute to the silver medal win.

This weekend improves the Belles’ record on the season to an impressive 19-2-2. Bytown will close out their season looking for gold at the Provincial Championships, being held in Chepstow August 5-7.

Photo (above): Jean Cardona celebrates after pitching a complete game semi-final victory

Photo (left): Elissa Sivel enjoying some down time between games during a very hot day at the ballpark

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