For the first time since 2015, the Stittsville 56ers are fielding a Tier II Bantam girl’s competitive softball team. Coming off an Ontario Provincial Championship in Squirt Selects in 2016, and fielding a strong team at the Tier II Novice level last year, the team is making waves in U16.
The 56’ers were selected in October, started practicing in January in the gym and have been going full steam with two practices a week since May with exhibition games or tournaments every weekend.
The team is part of the Provincial Women’s Softball Association of Ontario (PWSA) and is one of two teams from the Ottawa area. The Bantam age group, also called U16 is termed the ‘draft’ year for competitive girl’s fast pitch. The first tournament of the year (Brampton) was a showcase tournament where scouts from different Universities and Colleges were present to see the athlete’s in action.
The 56’ers are sitting at an impressive 8 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie despite a slow start this year. The team is hitting well, led by Jordyn Lindsay who has been outstanding at the plate, boasting a .570 batting average in the clean up spot. Sarah Di-Cresce has also been red hot for the 56’ers, with a .444 batting average.
The pitching staff is the jewel of the Stittsville 56’ers U16 club. The three pitcher rotation of Sydney Watts, Jordyn LeBoutillier and Alyssa Rollin, leaves opponents baffled time and time again.
The girls continue to play a series of tournaments throughout Ontario in preparation for Qualifiers (Kingston) and then Provincials (Stratford). All of their tournaments are PWSA sanctioned. If the team medals at Provincials in July they will qualify for The Eastern Canadian Championships in Cole Harbor Nova Scotia in August.
Congratulations on how far you’ve come so far, girls, and good luck at the Provincials!