TEAM NEW JERSEY CLASSIC SUNDAY
The annual Team New Jersey fall classic concluded Sunday with 20 games. The final day brought into sharp focus the practice of exposure tournaments allowing unlimited substitution when one coach, over protests, was freely moving people in an out of his batting order. Sunday was also notable in that many of the 107 college coaches who attended were still on hand for the final games (the college crowd usually thins sharply after Saturday’s late games at virtually all exposure tournaments.
FL Ultimate Gold 5, WA Ladyhawks 2
TX Storm Durham 5, VA Legends 3
Pittsburgh Power 2, NJ Pride 0
TX Bombers 5, North Carolina Lady Blues 3
TX Storm Newsom 4, OR Silver Bullets 2
South Carolina Elite 5, FL Fury 1
TX Storm Durham 8, RI Thunder 0
NJ Jaxx 3, Carolina Lady Blues 1
TX Bombers 6, VA Vienna Stars 2
VA Shamrocks 4, TX Storm Newsom 0
Jersey Outlaws 1, Illinois Bash 0
RI Thunder 3, Conklin Raiders 1
NJ MC Belles 5, Edison Angels 0
Team Long Island 9, OR Silver Bullets 0
Vienna Stars 7, PA Gems 4
Edison Angels vs Jersey Outlaws
Conklin Raiders vs Jersey Nightmares
NJ MC Belles vs NJ Jaxx
MA Polar Crush vs Team Long Island
NJ Rocks vs PA Gems
*SPY did not stay for these last five games because of known problems with southbound traffic; the trip to Virginia usually takes 3.5 hours; tonight it took five hours.
TX Storm Durham 8, RI Thunder 0. Storm gave 2012 pitcher Kayla Calvert strong support in the form of three solo homers – Jessica Wilson, Courtney Klingler, and Kelsey Decarolis, all 2012. Storm loaded the bases top 4th; 2012 Lauren Montgomery and Klingler each drove in two runs for the final margin.
RI Thunder 3, Conklin Raiders 1. Thunder went yard. 2013 Lindsay Mayer jacked a 2-run homer, and 2011 Emily Felbaum (Boston University) hit a solo shot. 2013 Shannon Smith pitched for Thunder. Mayer was impressive at short; rocket arm. Wants to play for a top contender. PS: Kelly Costello, who triggered the triple play for the Raiders on Saturday, was playing 2nd, not short, when the play occurred.
TX Storm Durham 5, VA Legends 3. Storm pitched Lauren McClary (Ohio U) and 2013 Lara Bean. Legends pitched Miranda Paul and Jailynn Jackson.
VA Shamrocks 4, TX Storm Newsom 0. Alexandra Sallberg and Madison Fears pitched two innings each for the Shamrocks. 2011 Jackie Martinez had two rbi; Alexa “Pinky” Strid had one rbi.
TX Bombers 6, VA Vienna Stars 2. When the home plate umpire simply shrugged his shoulders when SPY informed him that the Bombers were knowingly batting players out of order, for advantage, which the Stars coach Tony Rollins also protested; SPY walked away from the game. While the TNJ, like a number of exposure tournaments, does not require coaches to exchange lineups and does allow unlimited defensive substitutions, there are fundamental rules for playing our game, and the Bombers violated those common rules on batting orders. When tournament director Jim Barsalona went to the field, he also complained to Bombers coach Scott Smith; he said some of the Bomber players were laughing at him. The pity is that 2014 Allison Davis, the Stars promising young pitcher was having an off day, as was her defense, and the Bombers have several solid hitters in their lineup – and didn’t need a gimmick to win this game. 2012 Katie Repole (Illinois), who homered in the Bombers 5-3 win over Lady Blues, rode Davis’ first pitch in the 2nd for a home run. 2013 Celena Massey hit a hard single, but was thrown out by 2013 catcher Ashton Wince trying to steal 2nd. Davis put the Bombers down in order in the 3rd, with an array of curves and rise balls. But, in bottom 4th, 2014 Morgan Klaevemann slugged a hard hit to center. After advancing to 2nd, she headed toward 3rd and should have been out but 2014 Whitney Burks erred on the catch. With 2011 Jorden Smith on base, Burks erred on 2012 Brittany Gomez’ grounder. 2013 Tiarra Davis hit back to the circle, but Allison Davis elected to go to 3rd, and didn’t get the runner. Already down 2-0, Davis grooved a pitch to Repole who doubled in two more runs. The Stars’ 2013 pitcher Alexis Sargent was charged with the two final runs. We were impressed all weekend by Bombers 2013 pitcher Tiarra Davis, who also hits hard and plays 1st. After the game, Barsalona said Smith apologized.
Vienna Stars 7, PA Gems 4. 2012 Samantha Esque pitched for Gems, who took a 1-0 lead when Erin Okoniewski scored on an error. Stars tied when 2013 Kinza Baad scored on a fielders choice. Stars then broke the game open. Julia Kastner (Temple) doubled in 2011 Sam Perry-Shifflett and 2012 Allison Grasmeder, 2014 Allison Davis, a pitcher who plays a very good shortstop, tripled Kastner home, and scored on an rbi by 2014 Whitney Burks, who scored on an rbi by 2011 Abby Carpenter, to boost the score to 6-1. After a pitching change, Carpenter scored the final run when 2013 catcher Ashton Wince’s grounder was misplayed by the pitcher. Wince, one of two Stars catchers we saw, was impressive with her glove and arm; she has a quick throw for picks to 1st and 3rd and threw out runners trying to steal 2nd in two games. A more immediate catching prospect is 2011 Sam Perry-Shifflett who impressed us in an earlier game.