RISING STARS SUNDAY
Reported by Spy from Davie FL
The schedule allowed for three games in each of three time slots at the three complexes – Bamford, Central and Picolo Parks. Spy opted to see two games involving two of the best 16U teams in the tournament, who were playing at Picolo.
Georgia Fire Campbell 13, Weston Explosion 1
Snow had already begun to fall in the mountains in northern Georgia, so four starters left Fort Lauderdale early – including 2012 pitcher Jordin Ellingson, who was impressive at the combine and who had defeated the Diamond Dusters 2-1 on Saturday. But, the Fire proved they have a deep bench – and closed out the tournament undefeated.
Every player is a 2012 graduate. The Fire, who would have fared well against most of the 18U teams, will play at Aurora this summer. In Davie, the Fire defeated Long Island Bandits, Predators, Diamond Dusters, and Explosion.
Every Fire starter hit safely, giving pitcher Haley Chrissom a solid base. She didn’t give up a hit until the 4th.
Outfielder Elyse Ferguson started the scoring parade. Hit by a pitch to start the game, she scored on Krista Gustafson’s double. Caitly Glenn’s groundout brought in the second run. McKenzie Halstead, a very smooth shortstop, singled, but the at-bat ended 2-0.
After a scoreless 2nd, Ferguson was hit by a pitch again to start the 3rd. Chrissmon reached on an error at 3rd. Gustafson nailed a third rbi, but was out trying to stretch the single into a double. Glenn, who jacked a mighty home run on Friday, belted a 2-run shot. Halstead singled, and would eventually score on a passed ball – a recurring problem for the quartet of Explosion pitchers.
Amy Koenig led the 4th, golfing a low pitch into left, ultimately scoring on a wild pitch. Marissa Boyette walked, and scored on Ferguson’s single. Ferguson scored on a nifty sac bunt by Chrismon. Halstead walked to open the 5th but was forced at 3rd. Taylor Campbell also walked and scored when Kelsie Gray’s fly ball was dropped in center. Abby Hulsey, who had hit into that fielder’s choice, scored on a passed ball.
Starting the 6th, Chrismon hit a hard grounder to 3rd. Gustafson, a very capable catcher, followed with a two-run homer. To close out the scoring for the Georgia Fire.
Explosion recorded its first hit and only run in the 4th. 2013 Victoria Brady led off with a single. She was safe at home on Courtney Methvin’s single.
East Cobb Bullets Palazzo 6. Team Florida 16U 0
Back at Bamford for the finale, a very Good East Cobb Bullets team limited Team Florida to one hit. Sarah Colwell was the first of three pitchers for the Bullets who also sent Jema Bravo and Chelsi Palazzo to the circle.
A focus for the few college coaches remaining for the finale was Bullets shortstop Dani Lewis, a 15-year old 2014 with a rifle arm. Dani showed she could make the long throw from deep in the hole, but also throw on the run after fielding short grounders.
2013 Sarah Flatebo walked to led off the bottom of the first. Colwell lined to short, but another walk and a single to right by 2013 Palazzo loaded the bases. 2013 Allie Sheffield singled in a run. A run scored on a well-executed squeeze bunt. 2013 Kaitlyn Hughes doubled in three runs. 5-0.
In the next inning, Sara Jeanne Bennetts led off and was hit by a pitch. She eventually scored the sixth run on a passed ball.
Newtown Rock Elite: The 14′ pitchers last name is Frei, you have Fdrei. Dominique Pinto had 2 hits and a walk vs GCH ’16’ , Rock coaches praised McKenzie Obert’s defensive plays plays . Anne Macropolus (# 99) scored the winning run vs Team Florida.
When the tournament ended about 1pm, Spy lost its perennial argument with Rising Stars and Triple Crown about the need for a leader board. Tournament managers contend that not posting scores is essential to the integrity of the game, because the girls are focused on performing well, not winning or losing. Balderdaah. Every player I’ve watched for almost 20 years wants to win – and wants the world to know she’s on a good team. Rfh