Western Mustangs win CCSA National Championship

Published by Kyle Cormier

Published on October 10, 2017

By: Western Sports Info

Day Three Recap

OTTAWA – The Western Mustangs are on top of the Canadian collegiate softball mountain once again, defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies 5-4 on Sunday afternoon to claim the CCSA National Championship.

The title is the Mustangs fifth in program history, and comes in the team's seventh consecutive national final after winning four straight titles from 2011 to 2014 along with silver medals in 2015 and 2016.

Sunday's win is also a bit of revenge for the Mustangs, who fell to the Huskies earlier in the tournament as well as in last year's national championship final.

Rachael Jacques got the win in the pitcher's circle, going all seven innings and striking out three batters while allowing only five hits and four runs. Kailey Stouts got the start for the Huskies, striking out two batters and giving up 12 hits in the loss.

Western didn't wait long to put points on the board on Sunday, sending four runners across the plate in the first inning to build up an early lead.

That lead would be extended to 5-0 in the third before the Huskies clawed their way back by scoring four runs in the fourth off the bat of Carly Zultok.

Unfortunately for Saskatchewan that was as close as things would get, with Western claiming its fifth national title with a 5-4 victory.

The Mustangs advanced to Sunday afternoon's final thanks to a 2-1 win over the Durham Lords earlier in the day.

Sara Contini picked up the win in the semifinals, going six innings and giving up only one run with four strikeouts.

Durham opened the scoring in the contest with a single run in the second inning, which was immediately answered by the Mustangs with one run of their own in the third. Western wrapped up the game's scoring with another one-run frame in the fifth inning to take the 2-1 win.

Day Two Recap

OTTAWA – Rachael Jacques shut down the St. Clair Saints on Saturday afternoon, leading Western to a 6-0 win at the CCSA National Championship and earn a bye into the semifinals.

The win gives Western a 2-1 record through pool play with the Mustangs finishing atop their pool to move directly to a semifinals matchup on Sunday at noon.

Jacques struck out six batters and only allowed four hits in the complete game win. Sara Stiller struck out five batters in the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits with one walk.

Emma Murray, Megan Parno, and Emma Parno helped lead the Mustangs offence in the win, recording two hits each.

Next up for the purple and white is a trip to the national semifinals, scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m.

For more information: http://westernmustangs.ca/news/2017/10/7/softball-ccsa-national-championship.aspx

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