RISING STARS WINTER CLASSIC
Reported by SPY in Davie FL
The Rising Stars Winter Classic began at noon Friday with 159 teams (16U and Gold) competing in 25 brackets at three complexes in Davie FL.
First day games ended at 730pm when uncommitted players were placed on competing teams in “maximum exposure” games. There were two 2011, four 2012 and four 2013 teams formed for the benefit of the college coaches. While many of the top D1 teams have completed their recruiting for 2011, and not just a few for 2012, it was evident from the number of coaches watching 2011 and 2012 competition that colleges – we noted a number of mid-major, DII, DIII and JC schools, and some of the larger D1 programs – are actively recruiting across all age groups. The number who stayed was the more impressive given the biting cold.
Given the multiple complexes and fields – 13 fields at Bamford, eight at Central Park, and eight at Picolo – and the absence of a leader board reporting scores – SPY can provide readers with only a very narrow window on the proceedings. In some instances, SPY saw only a portion of games and may not have the final score.
Gold Coast Hurricanes (16s) 2, AZ Roadrunners 0. Shayna Adelstein started for Roadrunners. We were very impressed with 2013 Kylee Hansen, the starter for the GCH, who racked five Ks in the first two innings, clocked at a consistent 62. In the 3rd, when two runners reached, with two out, Hansen struck out a batter with a 64mph screwball.
In their second game, the 16U Hurricanes defeated New Jersey Gators 7-4.
Newtown Rock 8, Roadrunners 4.
TNT 3, WA Blaze Blue 1. The PA team built a quick 3-0 lead to bolster starter 2012 Alyssa Frankenfield, who was working in the 57mph range. A relief pitcher gave up the Blaze run.
Vienna Stars Gold 4, FL Lightspeed Gold 0. Alexis Sargent, 2013, pitched the shutout for the Stars.
TC Stars 7, MD Lady Orioles 4. Nikki Lunn had a 4-1 lead, thanks to an rbi by Cara Woods (East Stroudsburg Univ) when the Coloradans began their comeback. 2012 Amanda Siedem drove in the tying run. With Kayla Rodriguez and Nickie Blue on base,
2011 catcher Krista Colburn singled in the go-ahead run. Chandler Moore (Texas Tech) singled in two runs for the final tally. 2013 Blue was the winning pitcher in relief. The Triple Crown team (Triple Crown sponsors the tournament) is coached by Stephanie Klaviter, whom we last saw pitching pro ball.
Virginia Legends vs Gold Coast Hurricanes Norman. The game was locked 0-0 after three innings. Kiersten Coffman (2012) pitched for GCH, clocked 53-55. 2011 Hannah Otterman pitched for Legends. An attempted double steal in the 3rd failed.
Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold 7, GA Angels 0. Game was a tour de force for GCH pitcher Rachel Gillen (U of Virginia), who notched 10 Ks in 3 innings (a dropped third strike and a dropped fly ball resulted in the only Angels reaching base on Gillen). Gillen was recorded at 56-60. The game was also a showcase for GCH slugger Bailey Castro (Florida) who jacked two 2-run home runs. Caitlyn Campbell (Armstrong Atlantic U) started for the Angels, pitching 55-59. (Yes, readers, Spy has a new radar gun)
Gold Coast Hurricanes 3, Texas Blaze 1. First look at Marcy (?), a new GCH pitcher who has verballed to Auburn. Works in the 56-57 range, not as polished as Gillen. Bailey Castro drove in the first GCH run; Erika Leonard drove in two runs. Nicole Merrill (2013) started for Blaze, pitching 54-56. 2013 Stephanie Wong scored the Blaze run on a passed ball.
Maximum exposure games
With free substitution, Spy noted a lot of hustle but could not sort through all the rosters quick enough to get names. Three uncommitted 2012 players on the 16U Georgia Fire stood out. Jordin Ellingson worked three innings, consistently hitting 60mph (her 16U coach says she can rack 64 mph). Outfielder Amy Koenig jacked a massive homer. Earlier team mate Caitlin Glenn slugged a 2-run homer. On another team, the TN Eagles Madelyn Hill jacked a two-run shot. These games afforded a durther opportunity to observe the quality work behind the plate of 2011 catcher Krista Colburn, TC Stars, who is reportedly weighing some opportunities. (No, she is not the UCLA player cloned)
Had to bundle up to watch these late night games, but it was worth the effort.