SPY GAME NOTES
Surf City Pre-Thanksgiving Tournament
So Cal Athletics 4, TNL 0 (after 3)
In 2013-14, freshman Rachel Nasland will win games for Notre Dame, but on this Sunday afternoon at Harvard Park, she faced the SCA’s, the defending Premier champion and one of the most disciplined hitting teams in the country. Behind Hayler Copeland (South Carolina), the A’s scored in the 1st after leadoff Carlee Wallace (ASU) beat out an infield hit, scored two outs later on a double by Taylor Koenig (Tenn). Nasland struck out two. Brooke Marquez (Northwestern) opened the 3rd with a single. One out, Wallace looped a dying fly ball into short left, which shortstop Tara Kliebenstein turned into an over the shoulder highlight reel catch. Two out, Megan Geer doubled in a run. Kaylea Snaer jacked a 2-run homer.
The Next Level 6, SJ Sharks 0
TNL had fared much better in the preceding game against the Sharks. Top 1st, Jaylene Ignacio (San Diego State) opened the scoring with a 2-run shot to deep center. Kailey Hill (USD) was the winning pitcher. TNL scored three top 3rd, one on a failed pick after a leadoff double, another on a pickle, and a fifth run on fielder’s choice, and a final run on a homer by #8.
Worth Firecrackers 6, Grapettes 2.
Heather Morales (Hawaii) was the winning pitcher.
Beverly Bandits 5, WA Patriots 1
Bill Conroy left the committed Bandits at home, and brought some 16s to Surf City. Top 2nd, Jenny Behan singled, scored on a double by Miranda Elish. Top 5th, Bandits Michaela Schlatman, who was very impressive at short, ;ed with a double; Sydney Smith singled; Alyssa Buddle, one of the best you catchers in the tournament, doubled in two runs. The Bandits loaded the bases twice, yielding two more runs.
WA Ladyhawks 3, SC Breakers 1
Games was tied 1-1 when Ladyhawks Ashley Scott reached on an error at 3rd, and scored on a pickle. Regan Rudisill later scored an insurance run.
Batbusters Fox 3, Absolute Blast 3
This may be the best Absolute Blast to come to this tournament, thanks in large part to pitcher Maddy Schreyer (Stanford). After holding Firecrackers Snyder scoreless in the previous game Saturday night, played in a freezing drizzle. ABgave up 2 runs in the first when Kylie Steagall socked a 2-run double, scoring Dylan Christensen 9dePaul) whmo had walked, and a single by #4 (not every player was in the coaches guide). Blast recouped one when Kasey Hormel reached on an error at 3rd, and scored on a doble by Lauren Brown. Tiana Miller tripled and scored for a 3-1 Batbuster lead. In the Blast’s final at bat, Mickey Blad singled in a run, then scored the tying run when Sophia Palenscar scored on an error.
Intensity 3, Lady Harks 0
Intensity scored the final run when Alyssa Vanderveer doubled, scored on an infield hit by Carly Servini.
CA Cruisers 3, Grapettes 2
Christina Clermont (Syracuse) broke a 2-2 in the final inning with a solo shot.
CA Cruisers Lyn 12, Lil Saints 1
Samantha Arents and Sam Glantz (Auburn) homered for the Cruisers.
SOME THURSDAY PRACTICE GAME SCORES
NW Bullets 8, Absolute Blast 0
AZ Storm 5, Absolute Blast 2
TX Impact Gold 6, Jersey Intensity CR 4
OR Silver Bullets 5, Ladysharks 2
TXImpact Gold 5, Lady Magic 1
Jersey Intensity KOD 2, Batbusters Myers 16U 2
Some teams have rosters full of committed, well-experienced players, and that depth and experience is manifested in teams like the So Cal Athletics, OC Batbusters, Worth Firecrackers, Beverly Bandits, but teams like Corona Angels, Explosion, NJ Intensity, TX Impact Gold, So Cal Choppers, Washington Lladyhawks, and others have replenished their post-graduation rosters. The 2012-13 season will be highly competitive.
Thoroughly enjoyed breakfast Sunday when Maggie Snydar shared her table. Her daughter Patricia plays for Washington Triple Threat from Arlington. The thinly populated Puget Sound area draws players from a wide geographical base. Some players have to cross the Sound on a ferry, then drive an hour to practice. For them, the Canadian Open fastpitch tournament is virtually a local. The Snydars farm on more than a thousand acres but they are not traditional farmers. They breed and cross-breed heifers for other farmers, returning the mature heifers with male offspring to other farmers. The females are kept for further breeding. At any one time, the Snydars have 600 heifers under their care. Spy does not know much about farming but contributed his Wall St Journal information about the water-starved Chinese buy water-retentive alfalfa from American farmers in the Northwest.
Spy was attending the first softball games since August. After procedures in October, I had severed difficulty walking, rising from a chair, etc., and endured many painful nights with pain in the neck, spine, hips and knees. The neck damage was from a concussion at Boulder; the other damage, compounded by failed surgery and arthritis, is attributable in part to that fall I suffered on the Great Wall of China during the Beijing Olympics and to damage suffered when I was thrown off a train in a foreign country.
So, I used a golf cart at Huntington Beach (thank you Dan Hay) but had to sit at Harvard, where I plunked down a metal chair at Field 5 and reported on only the teams who played there.
Finally, for the first time in recent memory, I heard no complaints about the umpires – neither at HBk or Harvard. PGF utilizes a screening system which works.