11-20-10 Pre-Thanksgiving Tournament

EARLY THANKSGIVING SHOWCASE

The Surf City pre-Thanksgiving tournament, which  began Friday with such potential – dozens of teams competing at multiple complexes under the watchful of dozens of college coaches and scouts – was inundated with rain that night, forcing cancellation of the Saturday program.  Sunday’s schedule was on a will-call basis, depending wholly on the rain.  (cancelled)  SPY has attended the pre-Thanksgiving tournament since 1996 and cannot recall any year being terminated by rain.

SPY focused on Friday games at the HB Sports complex, intending to visit Harvard Park and Bill Barber Park on Saturday, back to HB on Sunday, a format for SPY of several years standing.  The tournament does not maintain a leader board, nor post scores on the Internet.  At present, SPY can only provide information on a relative handful of Friday games at Huntington Beach.  (Invariably, teams which SPY did not see will post emails.)

 

WA Absolute Blast 7, PA TNT 1

WA Sidewinders 6, Hawaii Gold 0

CO Hitstreak 7, TX American Freedom 6

WA Sidewinders 4, TNT 3

WA Absolute Blast 4 CO Hitstreak 1

NJ Intensity KOD 4, NM Sundancers

NJ Intensity KOD 2, WA Triple Threat 0

AZ Hotshots Davis 3, Combat Panthers 2

Grapettes Gomes 4, KC Zephyrs 1

Zephyrs 10, Beach Girls 2

WA Ladyhawks def So Bay Stars

SJ Lady Sharks 7, Jersey Intensity DeTuro 0

NJ Intensity KOD 2, Combat Panthers 0

Grapettes Gomes 10, Absolute Blast 1

WA Ladyhawks 4, Cal Chaos 1

SJ Lady Sharks 3, NM Sundancers 2

Teamsmith 3, Courage 1

Mizuno Pride 6, Mizuno All American 0

WA Lake Breeze 7, Michiana Cruisers 4

Teamsmith 5, Sudden Impact 0

Mizuno Pride 4, Choppers 1

AZ Hotshots Davis 2, CA Rage 2

Jets Gold 3, Corona Angels Marty 0

Lionettes 3, Irvine Sting 3

Note: most teams played their complete roster, using two to three pitchers per game and substituting freely in their batting orders.

 

Note: most scores above are final, but some are the scorfes SPY was given while making the rounds in a golf cart.

 

WA Absolute Blast 7, PA TNT 1

Blast, among several very young teams, started 2013 pitcher Chloe Behar, relieved with  2014 BreAnna West, both from their 16U club.  Blast 2011 infielder Sammi Jimenez led the game with a double, scored on a wild pitch.  A single and a walk put two on in the Blast 3rd; 2012 Lindsey Porter walked, loading the bases.  Behar doubled in two runs; West singled in a fourth run with a hit down the right field line; 2013 Holly Sandberg doubled in two runs.  The runs were scored off Jamie Kertes (Bowlingt Green). 2011 Lindsey Nicholson jacked a home run in the next inning off 2012 reliever Alyssa Frankenfield for Blast’s final score.  TNT 2012 Jackie DePietro scored.

WA Absolute Blast 4 CO Hitstreak 1

West started this game, relieved by Behar.  Up 1-0 off 2011 starter  Kendra Merritt, 2011 outfielder McKenna Spieth scored on a well-executed pickle, 2013 Samantha Shanahan scored, then 2013 Emily Jackson scored, on another rbi by the hard-hitting Nicholson.

WA Sidewinders 6, Hawaii Gold 0

2014 Kelsey Tidwell started for Sidewinders, 2013 Allina Haven relieved.  2011 Sophia Perez (Illinois State) was borrowed from the Pumas and pitched for Hawaii.  Up 1-0, Sidewinders loaded the bases in the 4th.2012 Dani Braun drove in 2012 Dusty Blair; 2012 Olivia Yarbrough hit into a 1-2 fielder’s choice, 2011 Maddy Dorhofer out at home.  Annie Binschus (Texas Tech) singled in 2013 switch-hitter Sara Hingsberger, 3-0.  Next inning, Sarah Barnes (Boise State) drove in Tara Bellusci (UW).  Braun drove n Dorhofer and Blair, 6-0. 

WA Sidewinders 4, TNT 3

2013 Ashley Thompson started, relieved by 2013 Meagan Hendrix for Sidewinders.  2012 Alyssa Frankenfeld was in the circle for TNT.

Grapettes Gomes 4, KC Zephyrs 1

Pre-game attention was focused on 2015 pitcher Alexis Reid, who entered in the 4th in relief of 2015 Cori Cooper, who was quite impressive.  Reid, a large girl, had reportedly drawn praise from college coaches about her pitching and hitting at a clinic run by Derek Allister.  The Grapettes benefitted from a solid performance by pitcher Danica Arterburn and catcher Caitlin Neal (Fresno State) who will pick all bases.  2012 Paris Andrew singled and scored the first Grapette run on a single by Madena Padilla (New Mexico State).  Cooper struck out the next three batters.  An error at 3rd screwed up a pickle and 2011 Nicole Clark scored.  Up 3-0, 2013 Daniela Ruiz drove in the fourth run.  As time was expiring, 2013 Laura Ashlock whipped a line drove over the fence for Zephyr.  Reid has the tools to succeed as a pitcher and hitter, throwing in the low to mid-60s, but, as several college coaches said afterward, she showed that she is very young, hopefully realized she can be hit by batters on good teams like Grapettes.

Zephyrs 10, Beach Girls 2

Beach Girls started #10 Dominique Ficara, went to #24 Erin Kowanicki in the 4th.  Alexis Reid started for Zephyrs, Cori Cooper relieved.  Alexis Reid (2015) had a 2 run double and a towering 245 foot 2-run home run to left.  Laura Ashlock had a 2 run homer.  Mary Gooding was 3-3.

NJ Intensity KOD 2, Combat Panthers 0

Lacey Waldrop (Florida State) and2011 Libby Morris pitched for Intensity.  2012 outfielder Macy Jones (Penn State) drove in Carly Piccinich and Erin Gabrielle.

Teamsmith 3, Courage 1

 Lauren O’Leary pitched for Teamsmith.  (We wrote down two numbers for Courage pitchers, but #24 Jordan Emanuelle is in the book at 1st and #00 Taylor Ousley is in the book as a catcher.  College Coaches had problems with several team rosters; the numbers on the uniforms in the field did not match the numbers in the college coaches book.)

Teamsmith 5, Sudden Impact 0

We were quite impressed with 2012 pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart who jacked a 2-run homer scoring 2011 Flana Finau  (double) to help win her game for Teamsmith.  Later, 2012 Jordan Mowatt, 2013 shortstop Lisa Liddell-Leadama and 2011 Savannah King scored.  2013 Jamie Carlson started for Impact.  2013 Lefty Sydney Underhill relieved for Teamsmith.

AZ Hotshots Davis 2, CA Rage 2

2011 Kristen Drummond started for Rage.  2011 Catcher Claudia Torres, who doubled in the first run for Rage, slugged a late game homer off Hotshots 2011 reliever Samantha Bedker for the tie.  Kasia Smith started for Hotshots. 

Mizuno Pride 4, Choppers 1

Mizuno went up 2-1 when Lauren Rendon (St Joseph’s) hit her second home run of the day, and 2012 Alex Kossoff drove in a run with a bunt single.  The game not only gave Spy a chance to watch 2013 pitcher Larisa Petakoff (high potential; she was very effective in defeating East Cobb Bullets at Disney World) but to talk to her Russian-born parents.  Spy has spent time in Moscow, St Petersburg and other Russian cities.)

Lionettes 3, Irvine Sting 3

Game was memorable because the temperature bottomed out (colder than a well-digger’s lunchbox in the Klondike) but also because both teams had multiple scoring opportunities but couldn’t punch across the winner.  Bottom 4th, Sting loaded bases; 2012 McRae Cayton drew an rbi walk to create the tie.  But, 2011 Kaitlin Olesky hit into a 1-2 fielder’s coice, 2013 Brittany Vansway out.  Pitcher Ashley Lang (San Jose State0 struck out 2010 Kyle Nakama to end the threat. 2013 Olivia Sandusky had driven in the run for Lionettes which broke a 2-2 tie.

WA Lake Breeze 7, Michiana Cruisers 4

Lake Breeze took its collective foot off the gas, having led 7-0 in the 4th.  2013 Alyssa Reuble did a very good job of shutting down the Cruisers until relieved by 2012 lefty Erin Bueser who gave up the four runs.  2013 Ronnie Ladines put out the fire.  2012 lefty slapper Sara Anderson singled and scored the first Breeze run on a passed ball.  2012 lefty slapper Lauren Kesterson singled but was forced by still another lefty slapper, 2011 Tayler Blumenfeld.  She and lefty 1st base Lexie Levin (2012) scored on consecutive doubles by Levin and 2011 catcher Anna Hudson.  Pinch runner Kesterson scored on a passed ball.  2012 Chloe Kesterson reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on a double by Ladines.  Lauren Kesterson scored again an inning later and Anderson scored the seventh and final run for Breeze.  After Bueser relieved, two Cruisers reached; the first rbi was by a guest player from Victory USA; Christina Gillis drove in a run; after two more runs scored, Ladines relieved Bueser to stop the scoring.

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