Larry H. Miller Toyota softball team finds itself in a very difficult situation in the Canadian Challenge Cup at Carlington Park today.
After losing to the Kemptville Thunder, 3-2, and being no-hit by Toronto Gators' Darren Zack, 5-0, Friday, Miller Toyota finds itself, with a 2-3 record. Miller Toyota now has two must-win games today against Halifax (0-5) and Camrose (4-1) to get into the championship round Sunday.Miller Toyota is tied with Waterloo, a team it defeated 4-0 Thursday, for the last spot in the championship round. Waterloo faces Toronto and Kemptville in its bid for the championship round.
In Friday's action, Miller Toyota could only muster two hits in their two games, including a solo home run by catcher Brad Burrup against Kemptville's pitcher Chris Wilson. Wilson fanned 13, walked two and hit one batter.
The batter Wilson hit in the Kemptville game - Ken Eriksen - proved to be damaging to the Miller Toyota team. Eriksen was taken to the Ottawa Hospital where x-rays spotted a separated ulna in his right arm. Eriksen, who lives in Tampa, Florida, is out for the season.
Zack's pitching performance just added insult to injury for Miller Toyota. Zack fanned 16 with only one walk in his no hitter.
The 6-foot-7, 295-pound giant was dominating. He walked Kyle Magnusson to start the game and retired the final 21 straight hitters. In 1993, Zack pitched the Gators to the ISC World Championship by winning a record setting eight tournament games.
Against Kemptville, Miller Toyota pitcher Peter Meredith gave up four hits and struck out 10. But Miller Toyota committed a key error in the fourth inning, which opened the gates for three unearned runs against Meredith.