TNJ CLASSIC REPRISE
June 30 2013
Too tired after long trip home last night to complete the Spy report on the Championship bracket.
Mizuno Stith 4, NC Lightning Miken Corn 0>
Citing players by name is usually confusing at exposure tournaments, not only because teams use players not in the coaches guide, but can have two players wearing same number. The Lightning have #3 Ashlyn Long, a very recruitable 2016 playing 3rd, but also have #3 Regan Green, a 2015 D! quality pitcher who has verballed to Mississippi State, one of several promising players recruited by Vann Ackerman. The Lightning also has her sister, Logan, who also wears #33 and is committed to Appalachian State, also a pitcher, not to be confused with #33 Mia Davidson, a 2017catcher, who should not be confused with #32 Montana Davidson, a 2016 shortstop. Spy stayed close by the Lighning scorekeeper at all their games.
The game: Megan Mills started for Lightning; Kaylee Carlson (UNC) for Mizuno. Tighter than a calypso drum until the 4th, Justine McLean (Florida) reached on an infield hit; twooutslater, McLean scored on Morganne Flores (Washington) double. Mizuno racked three more runs bottom 6th. After an error, Lightning brought in Logan Greentwo more runs scored on a double by Taylor Swearingen (Michigan). A fourth run set the bar too high for the Lightning who never had more than one runner at a time, and whose rally efforts were nullified by two double plays.
Mizuno def NJ Nightmare 2-1.
Andie Formby (Virginia) pitched the win.
Lightning def NJ Inferno 4-1 (8)
Ariana Jarvis started for Mizuno; Logan Green relieved. Mackenzie Thompson (Albany) started for Inferno; relieved by Anna Narie Gatti. B1: Inferno scored when Taylor Smith drove in Leah Allen, impressive outfielder going to Penn. T4: Kendra Lynch (UNC) had left the game with an injury, came back with her third homer in three games, a might bash to center. Superb defense kept the score knotted until the 8th. Hannah Seaver, the ITB runner, advanced for Mizuno on a sac bunt by Emily Heimberger. Emma Strouth singled, rbi, 2-1. Mia Davison reached on an error; Strouth scored an a sac fly by Lynch; Montana Davidson singled; Ashlyn Long walked, loading the bases; Kate Bailiff bunt single, rbi. Inferno had two on in the 8th, but the game ended on a double play.
Mizuno Stith def Mizuno 16U 9-1 (8)
Kaylee Carlson pitched for Stith; Sydney Golden (CS Fullerton) for Megee. Hailey Lunderman scored the first run of the game for Megee’;s 16U team on an rbi by Ashley Diaz (Arkansas). The Stith team opened with three cobsecutive singles; Alyssa Palomino (Arizona) rbi. Morganne Flores, 2 rbi. In the 3rd, Palomino jacked a 3-run homer. Three more runs scored in the 4th.
Nightmare def Impact Gold 10-1
Inferno def Nightmare Black 5-0
Megan King and Mackenzie Thompson pitched for Inferno.
Lightning def Legends 9-2
Regan Green pitched for Lightning; Kayla Harris (Pitt) and Mikayla Parker for Legends. Leading 6-2. Bottom 4th, Lightning leading 7-2, Kendra Lynch jacked a homer. Lightning shut down Skylar Johnston, who had 2 homers in earlier games.
Round of 16:
Mizuno Stith def NC Cardinals 6-1
Andie Formby pitched for Mizuno.
Mizuno 16 def RI Thunder Lotti 3-0
Impact Gold def Vienna Stars Rollins 4-2
Jessica Cummings took the loss.
Nightmare Gold def Wagners 8-4
Nightmare Black def FL Gators 3-2
NJ Inferno def NJ Intensity KOD 5-0
Anna Marie Gatti and Megan King pitched for Inferno. Noelle Holliday was 3-4. Tori Finucaine (Missouri) took the loss. All runs scored in 7th.
Legends def Thunderbolts 5-0
Maddie Moore pitched and had 2 hits for Legends. Bolts were impressive in earlier games. Bolts Katherine Anne Bailey another standout recruit for Vann Ackerman.
Lightning Miken def SC Cardinals 6-0
Logan Green and Megan King pitched.
All the coaches we talked to liked the new elimination games after 2 rounds.
Several college coaches shared our opinion about the lack of quality catchers. Several errant throwdowns and passed balls affected outcomes.
Every time I wanted to complain about the heat, I would look over at Don Meister’s 96-year old Mother, who never misses an Inferno game and watches the action closely.
Time was when action at this tournament focused heavily on the Batbusters and Shamrocks. The Batbusters weren’t here this year and the Shamrocks are a mere shadow of their dominant predecessors. Georgia Elite is no more. But Team Mizuno dominated like the old Batbusters. Vienna Stars brought the kind of high quality pitching once associated with the Shamrocks. NJ Inferno has perhaps its best team ever, and was easily the third best team. John Corn surprised at the Batbuster a couple of years ago; this Lightning team is loaded, and like Mizuno, Intensity, Inferno, Thunderbolts, Vienna Stars, CO Comets and the Batbusters will be a contender at future tournaments like Premier and Boulder, along with returning PGF champion So Cal Athletics, Worth Firecrackers, and Corona Angels, who will play their regulars at PGF.