RISING STARS SATURDAY
Reported by SPY from Davie FL
The second day of the Rising Stars Winter Classic in Davie FL featured 198 games played at the three complexes, witnessed by a reported 150 coaches from every level of college ball.
Games are reported in approximate sequence. SPY limited its Saturday coverage to games played at Bamford Park. Note: three different Gold Coast Hurricanes teams played at Bamford.
Note: while Spy compared radar readings with college scouts, we all noted that the holiday layoff seemed to be having an effect, with several pitchers getting marks that were 2-5 mph slower than seen in the summer and fall.
Wagner’s 3, GA Angels Gold 1. 2012 Amber Fowler pitched the win. Bailey Liddle drove in a run with a sac fly; with two on in later innings, Fowler drove in the second run for Wagner’s and with bases loaded, Liddle drove in the third run. 2011 Heather Sexton pitched for Angels, who had a chance to score when Savannah Sloan doubled, but she was picked at 3rd.
Iowa Blitz 2, Gold Coast Hurricanes 16s 1. Rylan Harvey started for GCH, and was relieved by Alyssa Enrique. Madison Frain pitched for Blitz. Blitz had bases loaded, no outs; a popup to 3rd and a strikeout eased the threat, but 2013 Emma Rickels hit a two-run single to take the lead.
Team Florida 3, AZ Roadrunners 0. 2013 Emily Gaitan started, Jen Sittloh pitched in relief for Florida, against 2014 Tatum Buckley (starter) and 2013 Reese Ramirez. 2011 Victoria Cooper provided all the backing Gaitan would need with a home run. In later innings, with Sittloh on the mound, leading 2-0, AJ Andrews (LSU) beat out an infield hit and scored on a sac fly by 2011 Kaitlyn Raile (Morehead).
Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold 5, TC Stars Red 3. Mackenzie Audas, notching 57 mph on the radar, started for the GCH. Audas is committed to Central Florida. 2013 Nickie Blue was even faster at 62mph. Tamara Vermeulen (LSU) started the scoring for GCH, with a bunt single, followed an out later by Erika Leonard (FSU) rbi single. The inning ended with a pop foul by 2012 Breanna Seaman, caught in highlight reel fashion by GCH 2012 catcher Rebekah Rogers. The Triple Crown Stars took a 3-1 lead. Blue reached on a bloop single to left; Chandler Moore (Texas Tech) walked; 2011 Krista Colburn golfed a low pitch rbi singled into left; with two out, 2012 Amanda Siedem singled in two runs. GCH regained the lead in the next inning. Leading off, 2012 Delaney Rickey was hbp; a batter was safe on a fielder’s choice; Vermeulen bunted to load the bases. As she has done so often, Bailey Castro (Florida) singled in two runs, and a third run scored on a fielding lapse. The score elevated to 5-3 two innings later on Castro’s home run, her third in two days.
Gulf Coast Hurricanes 5, Wagner’s 1. For a second game in a two, GCH had to come from behind for the win. 2012 Aimee Chapdelaine started for GCH; Heather Kiefer (JMU) started for Wagner’s. Both were clocked in the 59-60 range. 2012 Courtney Machamer drove in the Wagner’s run, scored by EmJ Fogel. Jessica Burk tried to score on the same hit but was out at home. GCH loaded the bases an inning later but could not score. However, the Hurricanes scored five late runs to take the game.
NJ Breakers 7, TC Stars 4. Valerie Cassell (College of Charleston) started; Francesca Carullo (St John’s) finished. The Breakers gave up four runs on errors.
Tuff N Tuffer 1, River City Rebels 0.
Vienna Stars 5, Winter Spring Panthers Gold 0. Impressive performance by 2014 Allison Davis, who was throwing at 60-61mph and jacked a home run . 2012 Jenny Peel tripled and scored on 2012 Kara Love’s rbi. An rbi by 2013 Hannah Tomey raised the margin to 3-0. A sac fly by 2013 McKall Miller added a run, and an rbi by 2013 Ashton Wince closed out the scoring.
Miami Stingrays 7, VA Legends 0. Strong performance by 2011 Haylie Wilson, who was recorded at 60mph. The lead went to 2-0 on a double by 2011 Hayley Barrow. A third and fourth run scored on passed balls. 2011 Danielle Heichen drove an rbi single to center, and Christina Martinez singled in the final two runs.
NJ Breakers 8, Jacksonville Storm Gold 0. One of the most impressive performances of the tournament – and perhaps a harbinger of change in the rank order of teams playing 18U – was turned in by Erin Gabriel of the Breakers – who is also a member of the USA Junior Women’s national team which will play in South Africa at the world tournament in December. Gabriel, who told Spy afterward that she thought her pitches were off by 2-5 mph, was recorded consistently at 63-64, which is lower than her average at the Junior World qualifier in Bogota in 2010. Gabriel, who favors a low rise and curve, struck out 12 in three innings as well as a single and walk. The Breakers took a 3-0 lead in the 3rd on an rbi by 2011 Kayla Soles (Louisville) and two rbi by Valerie Cassell (College of Charleston). The Breakers, who relieved Gabriel with 2012 Elizabeth Hyland, scored five late runs to close out the game.
Newtown Rock Elite 3, Team Florida 2. Newtown Rock Elite, which did not provide profiles in the coaches book, broke a 2-2 deadlock as time was expiring when #99 scored.
Newtown Rock Elite 2, Gold Coast Hurricanes 16s 2. Allison Fdrei 2014 pitched for Rock.
Gold Coast Hurricanes 7, VA Legends 0. Rachel Gillen hurled for GCH, notching 8Ks in four innings.
Miami Stingrays 4, TC Stars 0. 2012 Meg Parker pitched for the Stingrays. 2013 Nickie Blue pitched for the Stars.
New Jersey Gators Gold 7, Team Florida 2. A number of mid-Atlantic teams previously unknown to Spy competed in the Winter Classic, including the Gators from South Jersey. In one of the late night games, they demonstrated both spirit and talent in upending a veteran Florida squad. This weekend was their firsnt outing since the Rising Stars tournament last Ocdtober. 2012 Amanda Fazio started and held the circle until relieved with the score 7-2. 2013 Shayla Sweeney finished.