© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Cheyanne Biggin, catcher with the West Side Monarchs waits for the ball to be thrown to her as Whelan's Gate Katie Evans head for home in an in the park home run in action Tuesday at Ambrose O'Reilly Memorial Field.
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK Cora Coates of Whelan’s Gate showed her versatility as a softball player with a strong performance both on the mound as well as at the plate Tuesday night.
Coates helped her team eliminate the West Side Monarchs from the playoffs with a victory during Corner Brook Molson Ladies Fastpitch Softball League action Tuesday evening.
The regular season champion Gate team proved again too much for the Monarchs in the third and final game of their semifinal series, trouncing their undermatched opponents 15-0 while going through three Monarchs pitchers.
The game was called after six innings due to the league mercy rule.
Selma Pike started on the mound for the Monarchs going five innings while giving up 12 runs on 17 hits and striking out five.
Neither Ashley Bromely nor Judy Wells were able to solve the Gate’s offence in the final inning as the two combined to allow three runs on six walks.
Cora Coates of the Gate went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate on two singles and a double, while knocking in two and scoring twice. Coolene Brake joined the hitting parade going 3-for-4 with one single, two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Kathy Lukeman and Nikki Rose also chipped in as both went 2-for-3 with a single and double apiece.
Coates was also clutch on the mound for her team.
She went six strong shutout innings giving up 11 hits, three walks, while striking out five.
In a losing effort, Rose Ryan, Ashley Bromley and Jessica Humber of the Monarchs all went 2-for-3 with two singles each.
The Gate now awaits the winner of the Rapid Power Sports Bees and KSAB Rangers matchup for a finals showdown, with the Bees leading that best-of-five semifinal series 2-0.
The Rangers fight the Bees for their playoff lives tonight at 5:45 p.m.
The game takes place at Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Field.