7-27-2014 NPF Sunday

Chicago Bandits survives PA Rebellion rally, escapes with 6-4 victory

PA Rebellion was unable to fight back from the big hole it dug itself into against Chicago Bandits, and PA Rebellion lost 6-4 to Chicago Bandits after falling behind by five runs in the seventh inning.

PA Rebellion scored three runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Brittney Lindley and a two-run home run by Briana Hamilton. Despite its efforts, PA Rebellion couldn’t get over the hump.

 

Alisa Goler paced Chicago Bandits at the plate. Goler went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. She homered in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh inning.

 

 

Andrea Williamson was a workhorse in the circle while bagging the win for Chicago Bandits. Williamson allowed one earned run, five hits and four walks while striking out four over seven innings of work.

 

 

Mandy Ogle got on base two times in the game for PA Rebellion. She scored one run and had one RBI. She homered in the second inning.

 

Dallas Escobedo was the game’s losing pitcher. She allowed six runs in seven innings, walked two and struck out one.

The top of the second saw Chicago Bandits take an early lead, 1-0.

It didn’t take long for PA Rebellion to respond as it scored one run of its own in the second. PA Rebellion scored on a solo home run by Ogle.

The game was never in doubt after the fifth, as Chicago Bandits scored one run on a solo home run by Goler.

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7-27-2014 ASA Championship Summaries

GOLDEN girls of summer; Wagners GOLD Dunn claims ASA 18U GOLD National Title while TN Fury 97 claims inaugural 16U GOLD National Title

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.  – The start of the 2014 ASA/USA Softball National Championship season is underway as two teams were crowned National Champions over the weekend the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  Wagners GOLD- Dunn claimed the ASA/USA Softball 18U GOLD National title in Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over Lil Rebels 96 while the TN Fury 97 claimed the inaugural 16U GOLD National Championship with a 7-2 win over Tulsa Elite 98 in the if-necessary game in Broken Arrow.

 

“The feeling of winning an ASA/USA National Championship can’t be described,” said TN Fury 97 Head Coach Randy Coppinger.  “This is our second ASA/USA National Championship, but the feeling never gets old.  When you win an ASA/USA National Championship, you know you’ve earned something special.”

 

18U GOLD Championship: Wagners GOLD Dunn 7, Lil Rebels 96 2

 

This year’s winner’s bracket champion, after placing second in last year’s championship, Wagners came to OKC this year ready to take home the title.  Entering the tournament double elimination bracket after going 2-1 in pool play warm up games, Wagners outscored opponents 58-16 throughout the week and tallied a 9-1 overall record.  They recorded a team batting average of .327 and were led by Aleshia Ocasio who hit .543 for the week with 13 runs scored and a .579 on base percentage. From the circle, it was all Ocasio as well as she tossed 40.1 innings with five wins and 41 strikeouts.

 

Click here for stats from the entire ASA/USA 18U GOLD National Championship

 

In the championship game, Wagners Gold Dunn jumped on Lil Rebels 96 early on its way to the 7-2 win on Saturday, scoring three runs in the first inning.  Wagners scored in the first on an error, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Brittney McGuire.  McGuire racked up two RBI on two hits for Wagners in the championship victory.

 

One run in the top of the second helped Lil Rebels 96 close its deficit to 3-1. A sacrifice fly by Katie Dawson gave Lil Rebels 96 life, but Ocasio got Caitlyn Lloyd to end the rally when she was called for being out of the batter’s box.  Wagners quickly matched Lil Rebels 96′s strong inning with a one-run inning of its own in the second to  take a 4-2 lead.  Wagners took advantage of a fielder’s choice miscue scoring Janae Perera, who earlier reached on a base hit bunt.  After pushing across one run in the top of the third, Lil Rebels 96 faced just a 4-2 deficit. An error sparked Lil Rebels 96′s rally. The Lil Rebels 96 threat came to an end when Ocasio finally got Brooke Stover to ground out.

 

It didn’t take long for Wagners to respond as they scored again in the third on a sacrifice fly by Cacey Simmons plating Brittany McGuire who was hit by a pitch.  Wagners added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth when McGuire kicked things off with a double, scoring Ocasio. Kelli Tidwell then doubled bringing home McGuire to give Wagners the eventual 7-2 victory.

 

From the circle, Ocasio recorded the win for the Wagners while Jacquelyn Sertic was saddled with the lost allowing four earned runs.

 

Below are top seven team finishes in the Championship:

  1. Wagners GOLD Dunn
  2. Lil Rebels 96
  3. Beverly Bandits DeMarini
  4. Houston Power Glowacz

T5. St. Louis Chaos – Beatty

T5. Southern Force

 

16U GOLD Championship: TN Fury 97 7, Tulsa Elite 98 2

 

After forcing the if-necessary game with a 10-9, extra inning victory over the undefeated Tulsa Elite 98, the TN Fury 97 captured their second ASA/USA National Championship with a 7-2 win to capture the first ever ASA/USA 16U GOLD National Championship title.  The TN Fury 97 finished the week long tournament with a 10-2 record, with one loss occurring in pool play and the second loss at the hands of the Tulsa Elite 98 in the winners bracket finals.  The TN Fury 97 also outscored opponents 117-31.

 

Click here for stats from the entire ASA/USA 16U GOLD National Championship

 

The TN Fury 97 were led by Libby Sugg, who collected 23 RBI with four home runs and 11 runs scored, finishing the tournament with a .583 batting average.  From the circle, Brianna Jones led the way with a 3-2 record, issuing 25 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched with a 2.39 ERA.

 

A four first-inning runs helped TN Fury 97 to a 7-2 win over Tulsa Elite 98 on Saturday in the if-necessary game.   Libby Sugg racked up three RBI on one hit for TN Fury 97, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning.

 

TN Fury 97 relied on Jordan Fortel in the if-necessary game as Fortel pitched all seven innings and allowed two earned runs, six hits and one walk while striking out two.

 

Taylor Compton lasted one-third of an inning on the rubber for Tulsa Elite 98, surrendering four hits and four runs. Erica Battiest entered in relief during the first inning, issuing one strikeout, five hits and three runs in her 6.2 innings of work.

 

TN Fury 97 increased its lead with two runs in the sixth. Jordan Fortel started the inning with a single, bringing home Katie Corum. That was followed up with a steal of home by Alyssa Coppinger.

 

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Tulsa Elite 98 close its deficit to 7-2. A passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Devin Hale sparked Tulsa Elite 98′s rally.

 

Below are top seven team finishes in the Championship:

  1. TN Fury 97
  2. Tulsa Elite 98
  3. Indy Dreams – Montgomery
  4. TN Fury 98

T5. Impact GOLD – Elder

T5. Aces Express – Clements

 

7-27-2014 Teams Attending PGF Premier

PGF National Championship – 18U Premier

Aces Express Gold – McCorkle coached by David McCorkle

All American Sports Academy coached by Bryan Merrida

Atlanta Vipers Gold Jennings coached by Todd Jennings

Az Hotshots Gold Ewing coached by Stefanie Ewing

AZ KILLER BEES coached by MIKE GRIMALDI

AZ Storm Gold coached by Kara Brun

Batbusters Fox 18U coached by Michael Fox

Beverly Bandits Gold BC coached by Bill Conroy

Beverly Bandits Team Premier 18U coached by Kevin Stephens

Birmingham Thunderbolts 18 Premier coached by Richard Shea

BOWNET 18 Gold – Ashley/Creamer coached by Bob Creamer / John Ashley

CA Kryptonite coached by Steve Hill

California Cruisers (Phil/Lyn) coached by Phil Harman & Lyn Christensen

California Cruisers Sievers coached by Don Cone

California Grapettes KO coached by Kelly Olson

Carolina Elite Gold – Genovese coached by Tony Genovese

Corona Angels (Howard) coached by Kim Howard

Corona Angels GOLD – Tyson coached by Marty Tyson

DeMarini Zephyrs Gold coached by Ryan Taylor

EC Bullets Premier-Schnute coached by Greg Schnute

Explosion coached by Bret Denio

Finesse 18u-Dreher coached by Donny Dreher

Firecrackers – Rico coached by Tony Rico

Firecrackers Blanco 18U coached by Jeff Blanco

Firecrackers Blanco Gold coached by Jeff Blanco

Firecrackers DFW 18U Gold coached by Kim Tillett-Poole

Firecrackers DFW 18U Poole coached by Kim Tillett-Poole

Firecrackers-AZ 18U(Randy) coached by Randy Kaye

Firecrackers-Snyder coached by Jim Snyder

Georgia Impact – Pauly coached by Keith Pauly

Georgia Impact Medlam coached by Vance Medlam

Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold coached by Marty Cooper

Grapettes Gold coached by Dennis Gomes

Illinois Chill Gold coached by Gerry Quinn

Impact Gold Jackson coached by KC Jackson

Indiana Magic Gold coached by Troy Rethlake

Irvine Sting coached by Blair Ota

Jersey Intensity KOD coached by Kevin ODonnell

Kansas City Peppers coached by Dan Eakin

KG Hitters coached by Martin Garcia

Krunch Gold coached by Steve Mumma

Lady Lightning Gold TEAM MIKEN coached by John Corn

Las Vegas Rage Gold coached by Chris McDonald

Louisville Lady Sluggers 18U Gold coached by Don Dobina

Lower South Liberty Gold coached by Dan Santelli

Minors Gold Lena coached by Lena Lovelace

Nebraska Gold coached by Dick Jablonski

New Lenox Lightning coached by John McKendry

New Mexico Sundancers coached by Paul Kohman

Newtown Rock Gold – Garvey coached by Joe Garvey

NW Bullets – Gold coached by Tony Campos

OC Batbusters coached by Gary Haning

Originals coached by Chad Bernholtz

Rhode Island Thunder Gold coached by Dave Lotti

So Cal Athletics coached by Bruce Richardson

So Cal Athletics – Quarles coached by Ron Martinez

So Cal Choppers coached by Gary Fausett

Sorcerer 18G coached by Pete Aguayo

St. Louis Esprit Gold – Huecker coached by Jim Huecker

Strike Force Gold coached by Gabe Guerra

Team North Florida coached by Troy Whitt

Tennessee Fury – Lewis coached by Kirk Lewis

Texas Blaze Gold coached by JB Slimp

Texas Bombers Gold coached by Scott Smith

Texas Firecrackers Gold May coached by Connie May

Texas Glory coached by Kevin Shelton

Texas Storm Wymer coached by Joe Wymer

Vienna Stars 18U Gold coached by Tony Rollins

Virginia Legends-Paul coached by Barry Paul

Washington Ladyhawks Gold Miller coached by Wayne Miller

Wichita Mustangs 18 Gold coached by Mark Griggs

Williamsburg Starz Gold coached by Tom Bunn

 

7-27-2014 Teams Attending PGF Platinum

PGF National Championship 18U Platinum
18 Gold CA Raiders – Bruder coached by Phil Bruder – CA

Absolute Blast Gold – Glenn coached by Charlie Glenn – WA

All American Mizuno coached by Kelly Jackson – CA

American Athletics-Joiner coached by Steve Joiner – Ca

American Freedom Gold coached by Tim Soefje – TX

American Freedom Gold (Ft. Worth) coached by Ken Goodman – TX

American Pastime Gold coached by Larry Farnworth – CA

American Pastime SGV coached by Greg Perez – CA

ARTESIA PUNISHERS-MEDINA coached by BOB MEDINA – CA

AZ Desert Thunder coached by Shannon Woolridge – AZ

AZ Lil Saints coached by Lance Dickson – AZ

Bulls Sox Academy coached by Christine Wozniak – IL

Cal As White coached by Craig Cameron – CA

CALIFORNIA THUNDER coached by Valerie VanKirk-LeVier – CA

Case Batbusters coached by Scott Barker – CA

Cen Cal Dirt Dogs 18 Gold – Team Mizuno coached by Ralph Herrera – CA

CO Stars Gold coached by Dan Burns – CO

Colorado Stars coached by Scott Sakamoto – CO

Colorado Styxx Softball coached by Joe Lembeck – CO

East Coast Elite coached by Ken Fry – NJ

Firecrackers (Clarke) coached by Si Clarke – Ca

Firecrackers DFW Torres coached by Junior Torres – TX

Firecrackers Pasco coached by Ben Pasco – CA

Fury Softball Gold coached by Mark Goodacre – CA

Glory Gold coached by Suzy Willemssen – VA

Houston Power Gold – Korioth coached by Jeff Korioth – TX

Idaho Diamond Bandits coached by Kirt Orr – ID

Illinois Stars coached by Tony Pusateri – IL

Iowa Premier Gold coached by Greg Dickel – IA

Jersey Inferno Gold – Newborn coached by Gary Newborn – NJ

Jersey Intensity coached by Christina Rodriquez – NJ

Jets Gold coached by Craig Pearce – CA

LA Royals 18G ~ Eveland coached by Mike Eveland – CA

Lady Hustle 18G coached by Julie Marshall – CA

Lady Sharks Gold coached by Tom Barrera – CA

Lakewood Firecrackers coached by Susan Rodriguez – CA

Louisiana Voodoo coached by Joe Brignac – LA

Minors Gold-Macias coached by Mike Macias – Ca

Nemesis Elite 18u coached by Manuel Garcia – CA

NJ Cheetah\’s coached by David Dominici – NJ

NOR CAL PATRIOTS coached by Rich Moore – CA

Norcal Shockers coached by Paul Buccellato – CA

Northern ICE Premier coached by Cray Allen – IL

NW Batbusters 18Gold coached by Jennifer Campbell – OR

OBS Monarchs coached by Corey Reid – Ca

OC Batbusters 18u – Lara coached by Clay Lara Lara – CA

OC Batbusters Briggs coached by Ken Briggs – CA

OC Batbusters Lastrapes/Ybarra coached by Dave Lastrapes – CA

OC Batbusters/Team Mizuno – Stith coached by Mike Stith – CA

Omaha Quakes Gold coached by Mike Butera – NE

Oregon Blaze Gold coached by Mic Bowman – OR

Originals-Koop coached by James Koop – MO

Pure Fastpitch Gold coached by BIll Jackson – CA

Quakes Gold coached by Grant Isbel – CA

Salinas Storm coached by MIke Armento – ca

Salt Lake Pegasus coached by Kelsi Hoopiiaina – UT

San Diego Power Surge 18Gold coached by Ale Jordan – CA

San Jose Sting – KP coached by Kit Perales – CA

San Jose Sting 18Gold – Perales coached by Bob Perales – CA

So Cal 3D coached by George Colon – CA

So Cal Breakers/Team Mizuno coached by Brant Beddow – CA

So Cal Choppers-Castillo coached by Hugo Castillo – CA

So Cal Diamonds coached by paul garziano – CA

So Cal Pumas coached by Gary Keohohou – CA

SoCal 3D-Rubio coached by Pete Rubio – CA

SoCal Fillys coached by Patrick Kelly – CA

Sparks Softball coached by Joe Tholl – IL

Spokane Crash coached by Chuck Scheiwiller – WA

Strike Zone – Ford coached by Don Ford – CA

Team Mizuno – Impulse coached by Alex Lozoya – TX

Texas Black Widows coached by Thomas Gurley – TX

Texas Blaze Lindsey 18U coached by Doug Lindsey – TX

Texas Glory 18u (RWB) coached by Michael Rinehart – TX

Texas Peppers Gold coached by Richard Bass – TX

Texas Rapid Fire Gold coached by Brian Menefee – TX

The Next Level 18 gold coached by Jerry Delamater – CA

The Next Level-Downs coached by Jerry Delamater – Ca

TS Elite 18g (formerly TEAMSMITH 18g) coached by Chris Morgan – CA

USA Athletics Catania coached by Brad Catania – CA

USA Athletics Gold coached by Mike Rogers – CA

 

7-26-2014 Racers, Pride Split DH

Shipman�s Game Winning Double Leads Pride to Victory In The 7th
Kissimmee, FL-July 26, 2014- The USSSA Florida Pride win 5-4 with a walk-off, two-run double by Madison Shipman in game one Saturday at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Trailing 4-2 in the 7th, the Pride scored three runs on five consecutive hits including Shipman’s game-winner.

In the bottom of the seventh, Amanda Kamekona once again came up clutch with a pinch-hit double to center field. The Pride then used speed and small ball to set the stage for Shipman’s double. Courtney Ceo reached on a drag bunt down the first base line. One batter later Natasha Watley slapped a RBI single back to Lisa Norris. After Caitlin Lowe slapped a single to third base, the bases were loaded for Shipman.

“I was looking for a pitch I could drive to the outfield. She threw me a rise ball and I made sure I got on top of it to drive it. I’m happy that I could come up clutch for my team. AK [Kamekona] did a great job of starting us off and I’m glad I could finish it for our team,” said Shipman about her walk-off hit.
The Pride took an early 1-0 lead after Watley led off the first inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Lowe single to shallow left field. Shipman then ripped a line drive to the center fielder allowing Watley to score easily from third.

The Racers took a 2-1 lead in the third after a couple infield singles by Ayumi Karino and Jill Barrett. Karino scored from third after a double steal and Barrett scored on a fielder’s choice groundball by Charlotte Morgan. In the top of the fourth, the Racers added two more runs on an Ashley Thomas two-run homerun to left center that scored Haley Outon who had reached on a single.

Ceo laid down a perfect bunt to lead off the fifth. She came around to score on a wild pitch by Norris. Lowe ended the day going 3-4 and Ceo 2-3. Shipman ended the game with 3 RBIs.

Jordan Taylor (3-3) picked up the win after throwing two scoreless innings. Chelsea Thomas got the start throwing 3.1 innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits. Olivia Galati threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief for Thomas allowing zero runs on 2 hits. Norris (2-5) suffered the loss Akron after allowing five earned runs on nine hits. The Pride extended their win streak to six games with the win.

The Pride and Racers return for game two of the doubleheader on Saturday, July 26 at 8:05 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports. For tickets visit www.usssapride.com or purchase tickets at the gate. The game will be live streamed on www.usssalive.com/usssapride.

Box Score: Click Here

Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL

Score: Racers 4, Pride 5

Records: Racers (15-20), Pride (26-8)

Next Game: Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 PM EDT

Racers Edge The Pride 3-2 In Series Finale
Kissimmee, FL – July 26, 2014 – The Akron Racers edged the USSSA Florida Pride Saturday night with a 3-2 victory at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. A three-run third inning was the difference maker as the Racers avoided the sweep and ended the Pride’s six-game win streak.
The Racers took a 3-0 lead in the third with four hits. Briana Cherry led off the third with a single and Ayumi Karino followed with a single to left field two batters later. Nerissa Myers then hit a two-run single up the middle to score Cherry and Karino. With two-outs, Jessica Garcia hit a RBI single to right field to score Jill Barrett who had reached on a walk.
Amanda Kamekona launched a two-out solo homerun to center field in the bottom of the fourth to make the game 3-1. In the bottom of the sixth, Natasha Watley led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After Caitlin Lowe singled and moved Watley to third, Madison Shipman ripped a sacrifice fly to center field to score Watley. Megan Willis ended the day going 2-3 with a double while Watley was 2-3 with a run scored.
Keilani Ricketts (4-4) suffered the loss after throwing five innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits. Danielle Lawrie threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out two and giving up two hits. Rachele Fico (8-6) got the win for the Racers going 5.2 innings and allowing one earned run on six hits. Lisa Norris threw the last 1.1 innings for the Racers.
Box Score: Click Here
Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL
Score: Racers 3, Pride 2
Records: Racers (16-20), Pride (26-9)
Next Racers Game: Friday, August 1 at 7:05 PM EDT at Firestone Stadium – Akron, OH. Listen Live: http://www.msasports.net/game/rebellion-at-akron-racers-7
Next Pride Game: Thursday, July 31 at 7:05 PM CDT/8:05 PM EDT vs Chicago Bandits at The Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, IL. Watch Live: http://www.highschoolcube.com/event/usssa-pride-at-chicago-bandits-353806
About Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.

About USSSA Florida Pride
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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