Flames fire up new softball season

  • Sports   Thursday, June 9, 2022   



The Stratford Flames U11 Brickman Huron Perth No Frills team opened their season with a tough 15-10 decision to Shakespeare. Serena Palmby went 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, and struck out three over two innings. Serina Procter was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI.

The girls then lost another tough game, 11-7 to Mitchell. Palmby struck out four across two innings while adding two hits and an RBI. Procter chipped in with a two-run double and a walk.

No Frills scored a walk-off 13-10 win over Wilmot, as Hailee Priestap struck out five over two innings while notching three RBI. Sophia Koss chipped in with a single, two walks and two runs.

The girls were in Mitchell to take part in FastballFest and brought the title home with them. After a rough 1-2 start in pool play, the Flames got hot: they beat undefeated Londesborough 20-5 in the semi-finals before edging the St. Marys Rockies 11-10 for the title.

Aubrey Schenk hit three homers, a triple and two singles to help account for 12 RBI, while Procter had six hits and three RBI, and Sophia Koss added four hits and two RBI. Schenk, Priestap, Palmby and Penelope Bossence combined for 34 strikeouts over 19 innings.

Stratford Flames (Roth – Erie Drive-In) came up just shy in a 14-9 loss to Brickman. Pitcher Aubrey Schenk struck out three batters in the third inning to keep her team in the game. Sidney Nelemans and Stella Mabee both hit singles, and Avery Kelley got a homerun to contribute for the nine runs.

The Elma Express then handed the Flames a 14-11 defeat. Penelope Bossence had a double, while Aubrey Schenk and Emry McIntosh added hits as well. Lyle Roth, Sidney Nelemans, Felicity Parish and Madison McKenzie also chipped in offensively.

The RC Hardscape Flames competes in the Grand Valley/PWSA league and they opened their season by going 3-1. They posted wins over Waterloo Gold, Waterloo Black and Guelph while dropping a game to Kitchener. They then beat league newcomer London 17-5 before avenging their loss to Kitchener with a 6-4 win.

Delia Bucholz, Avery Marshall and Abby Herold shared the pitching duties. Milana Verellen drove in 3 runs, and Kiyah Marshall hit in 2 runs and scored 2.  Megan Keller had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

The girls then added a 17-3 win over Guelph to their 7-1 record. Reese Flanagan homered in the win, while Bucholz had three hits and Milana Verellen added two. Marchall, Herold and Bucholz took care of pitching duties, with Elyn Hannon and Marshall scoring three runs apiece.

The Stratford Axes Flames, a group of U9 players who are playing up this season, have posted a 2-3 record so far this year.

They went 1-2 at the Mitchell FastballFest tournament before going to Atwood and coming up just short in a 10-9 loss. Avery Canal and Kiyah Marshall took care of the pitching duties, while Marshall added a home run and a double to the offence. Pierce MacNeil added two hits while Lainey Kittmer and Ally Chatwick each had one. Aubrey Vail scored a pair of runs.


Stratford kicked off their season in style, routing the Clinton Mustangs 14-4. Violet Hartman led the charge with a two-run homer. Catcher Bella Golder and pitcher Claire Turner teamed up to stymie the Mustangs bats, while the team came together behind them in a solid defensive effort.

In tournament action, the Flames took part in the Mitchell FastballFest and came home with the hardware. They opened play by beating the host Mitchell Hornets 10-4, as Rilee Himburg and Nell McIntosh both were swinging a big stick in combining to drive in four runs. Game 2 was a 9-5 win over the Shakespeare Falcons, while Game 3 saw the Flames top the Alma Avengers 5-4. Bella Rae, Kaitlyn Janssens and Turner all turned in strong performances on the rubber, with Rae and Quinn Ritzel flashing the leather defensively. Kennedy Vail and Turner turned in strong offensive performances to lead the win.

In the semi-finals, Stratford clipped the Carunna Giants 13-9. Offensive leaders for the Flames were Turner, Vail, Vittoria Brander, McIntosh, Golder and Rae, while Zoey Spacek and Gracie Radke turned in stellar defensive work to help preserve the win.

Stratford then squared off with the Londesborough Legends for the title and locked it up following a 6-4 win. Himburg, Turner, Rae and McIntosh each stole home during the win, while McIntosh also swung a big stick. Brander added a run scored, while Rae pitched a strong game and also chipped in with a few key defensive plays to ensure the win.

The team wanted to give Ava Van Dyk a shoutout, as the injured Flame was the lead cheerleader throughout the tournament.


The houseleague Flames went 1-2 in their opening three games of the season. They lost 20-3 to the Shakespeare Falcons before beating the Ingersoll Iron Birds 10-6. They then lost to Shakespeare again by a 9-8 count. Rachel Barber led the team’s offence during that stretch.


The Sirkel Foods U17 opened their season with a 17-9 loss at the hands of Fullarton. Newcomer Kaleigh Pautler stood out on defence with some flashy glovework. Game 2 saw the girls take on Brussels and come away with a 16-6 defeat. Kristen Segeren did well pitching for the Flames, and the defence helped keep the team in the game once again.


The U21 Huron Perth MVP Brewing Co. Flames opened their season with a tough 15-1 deefeat at the hands of the Goderich Seahawks. Olivia Chartrand doubled for the Flames, while Grace Wideman, Kylie Robinson and Hailey Illman each added singles.

Dorchester then handed the Flames a 16-1 loss. Torri Wilson smacked a double for Stratford, while Brooklyn Lange, Marley LaCourse and Chartrand added singles. The team then lost to Cambridge but the score was not reported.

The girls then dropped a 21-9 decision to Goderich. Illman, Marissa Winkel and Kenya Mailloux were strong with the bats in the loss.

Springfield then used a seventh-inning rally to down the Flames 19-12. Illman once again pitched a strong game for Stratford, while Wideman, Chartrand and LaCourse each added singles and Illman pitched in with a double.