SCU’s Jaymi Bautista-Geiger Shines in International Championship Play

2012 Peruvian National Team Photo

Santa Clara University's Jaymi Bautista-Geiger hit .462 with three doubles, while striking out 22 batters in 24 innings inside the circle at the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Softball City in Surrey, British Columbia.

Bautista-Geiger (Gainesville, Fla.) was representing Peru's national team in games against Mexico, Great Britain, Indonesia and China, among others. She met her teammates in Surrey for practice and exhibition games prior to the tournament beginning June 30.

"The whole environment of the tournament is great," said Bautista-Geiger. "There are so many international teams here, and a lot of great softball. Plus, Surrey and the surrounding towns are really into softball, so tons of people come to watch. I really love the crowds."

Bautista-Geiger – in her fourth year in Peru's national team system - made the trip to represent the country's U19 squad last season. She made the move up to the Peruvian National Team in 2012. She pitched and won Peru's opening game against Team British Columbia (Team BC), throwing a complete game, fanning eight and allowing just two runs in a 3-2 victory. She also doubled and walked offensively.

"Rain altered the schedule a bit and our opening game started at almost 10 p.m.," said Bautista-Geiger.  "However, we won 3-2, in a total team effort. My teammates really came through for me. They put one run across in the fourth, then two more in the sixth. They never gave up and really wanted to win. It was a great way to start the tournament!"

"Something else that I enjoyed is that the hotel we stayed at was completely filled with other teams. Teams like Great Britain, China, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, and two other travel teams. Lunch and dinner time is interesting because everyone is downstairs all together."

Peru picked up an additional pool play victory over Indonesia before falling to Mexico and China in the tournament finals July 7. For more information on the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship click here.