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5-30-2014 NPF Signings and Games


May 30 2014

Great Pitching Leads Akron Racers Past Chicago Bandits 4-0

Akron, OH – May 29, 2014 – A superb effort by Rachele Fico lifted  the Akron Racers to a 4-0 win in seven innings over Chicago Bandits on Friday at Akron, OH.
Rachele pitched lights out for Akron Racers. Chicago Bandits managed just one hit off of the Akron Racers’ pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out seven during her seven innings of work.
The Akron Racers were led by a flawless day at the dish by Charlotte Morgan, who went 3-3 against Chicago Bandits’ pitching. She singled in the first and third innings and doubled in the fifth inning.
Ellen Renfroe took the loss for the Chicago Bandits. She lasted just 2 2/3 innings struck out two, and allowed three runs.
Akron Racers stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Nerissa Myers, a solo home run by Jessica Garcia, and an RBI single by Charlotte Morgan.
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Bandits Sign Six to Roster Including Remaining Draft Picks

ROSEMONT, Ill. – May 29, 2014 – Just hours before the Bandits take the field for Opening Day 2014, the team announced it has finalized contracts with six players, including its three remaining draft picks and three free agents. All six players will be with the team in Akron tonight for the opening game. 

Estela Pinon, who was the team’s first round (No. 4 overall) selection in the 2014 NPF Draft presented by BowNet, played her college ball at the University of Arizona.  She pitched for the Wildcats for two seasons after transferring from Yavapai College.


“I’m excited to start my new journey with the Chicago Bandits and meeting my new family,” stated Pinon.  “I’m looking forward to a great season competing with the very best softball players in the world.”


Pinon, 22, finished her career with a record of 32-17 for the Wildcats.  In her two seasons, she appeared in 70 games and made starts in 50 of them. In 288 1/3 innings for Arizona, Pinon struck out 241 hitters.


“Stela is going to be a nice addition to our pitching staff,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.  “She will complement our current staff really well and has the versatility to either start games or come in to the game in a relief role; both of which will be important very important to our success this season.”


The Bandits also have signed right-handed pitcher and No. 5 overall draft selection Sara Moulton to the 2014 roster. Moulton, who is originally from Eagan, Minn., was a four-year letter winner and four-time All-Big Ten selection at the University of Minnesota.  Her senior season for the Gophers was arguably the best of her college career as she received several honors, including NFCA Second Team All-American and she was a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the year award.


“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to play with the Chicago Bandits this summer,” said Moulton.  “I look forward to playing at the highest level and competing everyday wearing black and orange!”


Moulton was the conference leader in wins with 27 and strikeouts with 244.  She finished her career at Minnesota with a 112-50 record, holding the program records for wins, appearances (178), innings pitched (1,017), complete games (108), shutouts (47), and strikeouts (1,184).


“Sara is really a great addition to the Bandits roster,” said Moore.  “She picked up wins against some great college team this season and she has a bulldog type personality when in the circle.


“Her ability to induce ground ball outs will be huge for the transition to the pro circuit.  She reminds us a little of Andi (Williamson) with her ability to throw down in the zone.  Our infielders should love it!”


The final draft pick added to the roster was Cheyenne Coyle, who played collegiately at Arizona State and Florida.  Coyle was drafted by the Bandits in the 4th round (No. 13 overall) in the 2014 NPF Draft.


In her first season with the Sun Devils, Coyle was named first team All-Pac 12 after leading the conference in home runs with 20.  She was also named first team NFCA All Region and second team All American.


“Feeling extremely blessed to be a part of the Bandit family,” exclaimed Coyle.  “I’m so happy that I can continue playing softball with and against the best softball players in the country. “I’m looking forward to the season and learning more about the game from my fellow teammates.”


Coyle, 22, burst onto the national scene during her freshman season at Florida where she hit .318 with 17 home runs and 60 RBIs.  Through her first three years of college softball, she had racked up 47 home runs and 160 runs batted in.


“This is a big signing for the Bandits,” said Moore.  “Cheyenne is a gifted infielder and will be asked to contribute in a big way this season for the Bandits.  There is a chance she’ll see time at second, short and third, as well as DP this season.


“She is also another solid, right handed bat that we’ll need in the lineup when we face the likes of Keilani Ricketts and Cat Osterman.”

Also joining the Bandits by way of open tryouts are pitcher Kirsten Verdun and infielder Natalie Hernandez.


Verdun, who played collegiately at DePaul and is from Coal City, Ill., is a pitcher/first baseman and could see time at both for the Bandits this season. She was recently named second team NFCA All-American for the second time in her decorated Blue Demon career.


“I am very fortunate to have gotten this opportunity and to be able to continue my softball career,” Verdun said. “This is really the chance of a lifetime and I’m looking forward to contributing to this team as soon as possible.”


She was a dual threat for DePaul throughout her career.  She became the only pitcher in school history to accumulate 900 innings pitched, 900 strikeouts and 100 wins.  Verdun also hit .348 on the season with seven home runs and 23 RBIs; and she only struck out 15 times in 204 plate appearances.


“Kirsten is someone we liked during our draft preparations as well,” said Moore.  “She is a very talented player and has the ability to help this team out in a lot of different ways.  “She reminds us of Nikki Nemitz in the sense that she can win games for you in the circle and at the plate!”


Hernandez played her college ball at the University of Illinois-Chicago for head coach Michelle Venturella and former Bandit pitcher Eileen Canney. Hernandez finished her Flames career on the all-time records list in several categories, including tenth in career batting average at .347 and eighth in home runs with 24.


“Joining the Bandits has been a goal of mind since I was younger,” said Hernandez.  “Since my college coach was a former Olympian (Venturella) and the other was a former Bandit, they prepared me for this opportunity.  “Since I have been a part of this team, it’s been everything I expected and more!”


Hernandez had her best collegiate season in 2014 when she hit .413 with a .429 on base percentage.  She also clubbed 12 home runs and drove in 40, primarily out of the leadoff spot, for the Flames en route to being named first team All-Horizon League.


“Natalie is another player we’ve been interested in for some time,” said Moore.  “Coach V and Eileen both spoke very highly of her and ability to play at this level and she has certainly shown she belongs here.


“She is another player that will be asked to fill multiple roles throughout the season.  And she is another right-handed hitter we can look to in certain situations.”


In addition to the three draft picks and two tryout selections, the Bandits have also signed free agent pitcher Ellen Renfroe.

Renfroe was a four-year player for the University of Tennessee program where she compiled a record of 102-25.  With her 245 strikeouts this season, she was able to pass the 1,000 strikeout milestone for her career.


“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Chicago Bandits, and to continue to play the sport I love at a new level,” said Renfroe.  “I can’t wait to start the season with my team and to get to know them and the fans of the Bandits.”


During her collegiate career at Tennessee, Renfroe had a career batting average against of .190 and a career ERA of 1.65. Renfroe won at least 19 games every season for the Volunteers, including a career-high 30 in 2014.


Renfroe’s older sister, Ivy, played in the NPF last season for the Akron Racers. “We are thrilled to have Ellen join the Bandits,” said Moore.  “At draft time, we didn’t think this would be a possibility and now that it has happened, we are definitely excited.


“Ellen will fit in great with the Bandits and our fans should really enjoy having her around.  With the addition of Ellen, Kirsten, Estela and Sara in the last 48 hours, we have made some really solid additions to our pitching staff.”


The Bandits open the season tonight in Akron as they begin a two-game road trip against the Racers. The home opener is set for Saturday, May 31 at 7:35 p.m. when the Bandits host Akron at The Ballpark at Rosemont.  Single-game tickets for all 2014 home games, including the home opener and exhibition game are on sale now.


For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit or call the front office at 877-722-6348.



3-31-2014 NPF Bandits Coaching Staff



Bandits Announce New Coaching Staff for 2014

ROSEMONT, IL – March 10, 2014 –  After a successful run with Mike Steuerwald at the helm, General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that Shane Winkler will be the new head coach for the Bandits. He will be assisted by Minnesota native Roman Foore.

“As an organization, we are very excited about the return of Coach Winkler to our staff,” stated Moore.  “He is a veteran in the coaching ranks, especially in the NPF, and we’re hoping that knowledge of the league will help bring a third Cowles Cup to the Bandits.

“Both Bill (Sokolis) and I have a great deal of respect for Shane and we’re confident he’ll keep the Bandits performing well on the field.”

Winkler, who was previously an assistant coach for the Bandits during the 2009 season, is currently the Head Coach at Charleston Southern University.  His assistant coach at CSU is current Bandits catcher Kristen Butler.  He was also an assistant coach for the Akron Racers in 2007.

“I am excited and honored to once again be a part of the NPF and the Bandits organization,” exclaimed Winkler.  “The Bandits are a first-class organization from top to bottom and our staff will continue to commit to the same type of excellence that has always been shown in Chicago.

“I believe the pieces are in place to bring the Cowles Cup Championship trophy back to Rosemont and I’m looking forward to getting out on the diamond and working towards making this happen for our front office and the great Bandit fans.”

Prior to his current stint at Charleston Southern, Winkler picked up coaching experience along the way as an assistant coach at Marshall University and as the Co-Head Coach at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill.

Winkler is also familiar with the Pennsylvania Rebellion organization as he was once traded to their brother team, the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things.

“I would like to thank Bill and Aaron for this opportunity,” continued Winkler. “I love this sport and to be able to coach and promote the game at the highest level is truly a blessing.”

Joining Winkler on the bench will be softball veteran Roman Foore.

Foore, who was most recently an assistant coach at Appalachian State University, came highly recommended to the Bandits by Winkler.   In addition to his experience with ASU, Foore also served as an assistant coach for St. Thomas (Minn.) University.  While at both locations, Foore worked primarily with the infielders and also played a key role in the offensive game plans at each school.

“It’s a great honor to coach in such a prestigious organization,” stated Foore. “I’d like to thank Bill, Aaron and Shane for the tremendous opportunity placed before me. I’m looking forward to the things ahead.”

Foore also has extensive experience in playing fastpitch.  He had been a member of the United States Men’s National Team since 1998.

“Roman’s experience playing and coaching will be a great asset for the Bandits,” said Moore.  “He will be a nice complement to Coach Winkler and his ability to throw live batting practice to the players will be great to have this summer.”

Steuerwald was named the Director of Softball Operations for The Dome at the Ballpark in August and he’ll continue in that position with the Village of Rosemont.

“The time was right for us to make some changes to the coaching staff,” said Moore.  “With Stu working in the dome and the amount of activity they continue to have there, it was going to be tough for him to put everything in to coaching and his job.

“Stu did a great job here as the coach of the Bandits!  We’re very thankful for all that he did and look forward to our continued relationship with him in his new role.”

In three years as the head coach or co-head coach for the Bandits, Steuerwald led the team to three straight NPF Championship appearances and a Cowles Cup victory in 2011.  Steuerwald and assistant coach Jimmy Kolaitis were named the Coaching Staff of the Year following a 36-12 regular season in 2013.  He also won an NPF Championship in 2009 with the Rockford Thunder as an assistant coach.

The Bandits begin the season with an exhibition game against the Indiana Slammers on Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at The Ballpark at Rosemont.  The team’s first regular season home game will be on Saturday, May 31 against the Akron Racers.

For additional information on the Bandits visit them on the web at or call the office at (877) 722-6348.

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Border Battle VI to take place in Canada; USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Teams also slated to compete in a series of exhibition games

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Border Battle VI will be held July 26 at the Peter Hallman Ballyard in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  A series of exhibition games between the USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Team, the USA Future’s Slow Pitch National Team and two Canadian teams will also be held July 24-26 in Kitchener.  Members from Team USA and Team Canada will also take part in a homerun derby.  This marks the first time that Canada will host the event as the ASA Hall of Fame (HOF) Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. has played host since its inception in 2009.

“What a great opportunity for Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Program to travel to Canada and participate in Border Battle VI and for the first time in the history of the Slow Pitch National Team program it will occur on foreign soil,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “We know that Softball Canada and the City of Kitchener will do a tremendous job of hosting this event and we look forward to continuing this great rivalry and competing in Border Battle VI.”

Created in conjunction with the inaugural Border Battle slow pitch competition against Canada in 2009, the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team program is now in its sixth run. With a 25-10 victory last year in Oklahoma City, Team USA extended its lead to 4-1 in the Border Battle series.  The Americans won Border Battle I 30-23 but Canada evened the series in 2010 with a 30-29 win. The USA men rebounded in 2011 with a dominating 25-3 performance and won 32-21 in 2012.

The USA Future’s Team is now in its third season after being established in 2012 to compete in the inaugural Slow Pitch Showdown against the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team.  The Future’s claimed the first Slow Pitch Showdown in dramatic fashion when they defeated Team USA 38-37.  Team USA responded strong in last year’s matchup, needing only five innings to defeat the Futures 32-16.

“I’m excited that the Border Battle will continue and am humbled to be selected again as the Head Coach for Team USA,” said Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach Steve Shortland.  “I have no doubt that Softball Canada and their representatives will be gracious hosts.  Although it will feel a bit different to play away from home, it won’t detract from the honor of wearing a Team USA uniform. Nothing in sports matches the pride and emotion associated with representing your country on the field of play, no matter where the venue is. I look forward to a competitive event in what’s sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.”

The final roster for the USA Men’s teams will be announced in March on

Virginia Tech names Babcock Athletic Director

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced today that Whit Babcock will become the university’s next athletic director.

Babcock has served as athletic director at the University of Cincinnati since 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Whit back to Virginia,” said Steger. “He has substantial experience managing large business enterprises and shown the ability to identify and attract talented coaches and staff. We are also impressed with his ability to engage and energize the fan base. We are extremely pleased to garner someone with his well-rounded experiences and talent.”

Babcock has worked at several major universities over his 20 year career. Prior to his appointment at Cincinnati, Babcock served as executive associate athletic director at University of Missouri where he oversaw all external relations and development operations for the department in addition to serving as sport administrator for the men’s basketball program.

He also served previously in various athletic fundraising and marketing leadership roles at West Virginia University, Auburn University, and James Madison University.

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008 Defensive Player of the Year Back Behind Plate for Bandits

ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 22, 2014 – Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced the re-signing of catcher Kristen Butler for the 2014 season. This will be her third year in a Bandits uniform.

“Signing Kristen for the 2014 season was very high on our list of priorities this offseason,” said Moore.  “Not only is she very capable offensively, but she’s still a solid receiver and a trusted veteran on the team.

“She has always worked well with our pitching staffs and we expect that to continue.  Kristen is a pro’s pro and we’re looking forward to a big 2014 from her.”

Both an offensive and defensive presence at the plate, Butler finished last season with a .256 batting average, recording 25 RBIs and five homeruns.  Her 133 putouts were good for fourth best in the league and she tied for first in the league with 13 assists.

National Pro Fastpitch Partners with GameChanger

New York, NY – January 24, 2014 – Today, National Pro Fastpitch has selected GameChanger – the leading web and mobile app for scorekeeping, stats and live game updates – to be their official partner. Recognized as the most competitive fast pitch softball league in the world, National Pro Fastpitch has chosen GameChanger to provide its teams and fans with their best-in-class software.


League scorekeepers will track every pitch on the GameChanger iPad App. Coaches, players and fans will have access to live animated pitch-by-pitch updates, 150 statistics for each player, and spray chart visualizations of every batted ball.


“National Pro Fastpitch is strongly committed to adopting new technology that advances the league and the game of softball worldwide,” said Cheri Kempf, Commissioner of NPF. “By adopting GameChanger, we are making the league more efficient, teams more informed and fans more engaged.”


Fans will have the ability to stream all National Fastpitch games in real-time.  Live play-by-play and stats can be viewed on the GameChanger website or free mobile app. And fans can sign up to receive live email or text updates on their favorite team or player.


2014 NPF Schedule Released


Nashville, TN – January 23, 2014
– National Pro Fastpitch released the 2014 regular season schedule today. The four affiliate teams – Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, and USSSA Florida Pride – will battle each other through 96 total regular season games. Each team will host 24 home games while playing an equal amount of 24 games away. Each team will play every other NPF team a total of 16 times throughout regular season competition.


The regular season will open one week earlier in 2014 on May 29 with Akron hosting Chicago at Firestone Stadium in Akron. One day later on May 30, USSSA will welcome the Pennsylvania Rebellion to their home opener hosted in Salisbury, Maryland. Throughout the regular season, NPF teams will compete at nine separate venues in six different states.


The Chicago Bandits  will look to defend the regular season title they took home to Rosemont in 2013 with a record of 36-12. USSSA finished a close second in 2013 with a record of 34-14 before capturing the Cowles Cup at the Championship Series. Akron is coming off a third place finish and a record of 16-32 in 2013, while the Pennsylvania Rebellion enter their inaugural season of competition in the NPF.


The season will culminate with the Championship Series, which will make its home in Hoover, Alabama for the first time August 20 through August 23. The league expects to announce television broadcast dates in the near future.


2014 NPF Schedule



29        CH @ AK       Akron, OH

30        CH @ AK       Akron, OH

PA @ US        Salisbury, MD
31        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Salisbury, MD



1          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
2          PA @ US        Allentown, PA

3          PA @ US        Allentown, PA
5          US @ PA        Washington, PA
6          US @ PA        Washington, PA

AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
7          US @ PA        Washington, PA

AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
8          US @ PA        Washington, PA


9          CH @ AK       Akron, OH

10        CH @ AK       Akron, OH


12        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

13        PA @ AK       Akron, OH


14        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

US @ CH       Rosemont, IL


15        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

US @ CH       Rosemont, IL


16        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

17        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL


18        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

19        CH @ PA       Washington, PA


21        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

22        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

23        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

24        AK @ US       Dallas, TX


26        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX

27        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX


28        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX (Dbl Header)

28        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX (Dbl Header)

PA @ AK       Akron, OH


29        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

30        PA @ AK       Akron, OH



1          PA @ AK       Akron, OH


3          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

4          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL


5          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ PA        Washington, PA


6          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ PA        Washington, PA

7          US @ PA        Washington, PA

8          US @ PA        Washington, PA


10        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL


11        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ AK       Akron, OH


12        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ AK       Columbus, OH


13        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL


14        US @ AK       Akron, OH

15        US @ AK       Akron, OH


16        AK @ PA       Washington, PA

17        AK @ PA       Washington, PA


19        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

20        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL


21        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

AK @ PA       Washington, PA

22        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

AK @ PA       Washington, PA


24        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


25        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


26        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


27        AK @ US      Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


28        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

29        CH @ PA       Washington, PA


31        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL



1          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ AK       Akron, OH

2          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ AK       Akron, OH


3          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL


4          PA @ AK       Akron, OH

5          PA @ AK       Akron, OH

7          US @ AK       Akron, OH


8          US @ AK       Akron, OH

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


9          US @ AK       Akron, OH

CH @ PA       Washington, PA


10        US @ AK       Akron, OH


11        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

12        CH @ PA       Washington, PA


14        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL

15        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL


16        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL (Dbl. Header)


17        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL


20-23   NPF Championship Series – Hoover, AL




11-24-2013 Surf City Sunday Scores

November 24 2013
Due to personal physical limitations. Spy only covered a few games at Harvard Park


VA Stars 4, Team Mizuno NW Burnum 3
This was a big win for the Stars who lost to Batbuster Briggs 2-1, 4-0 nto Firecrackers Young, and 5-0 to So Cal Athletics Quarles.  Jess Cummings (2014 Penn State) got the win; xxxx took the loss.  The first run of the game was scored by Olivia Makogopolous (2016 with Ivy League grades) who beat out an infield hit.  Amanda Hendrix (2015 pitcher) had an rbi. No roster for Burnum; P 15 took the loss.


Magic 2, Vienna Stars 1
Makayla Shadle (2014) and Alexa McCoin (2014) split the Magic pitching chores. Jess Cummings (2014 Penn State) took the loss.  Cassidy Martin (2014 Sac State) doubled; Magic left bases loaded. Second inning: Alejandra Garcia (2014 Cal Poly)  and scored on a triple by Zamati Hinton (2014 Sac State); she scored on a passed ball.


American Freedom 1, AZ Firecrackers 1
Katelynn Dawson (2016) pitched for Freedom.  Lefty xxxxx pitched for Firecrackers. Firecrackers, who scored in the 1st, loaded bases in the 3rd, no score.  In the Freedom 3rd, Chelsea Thomas (2014 Missouri State) walked. Kennedy Legg  (2016)singled, run scored, but a tiebreaking run was out at home on a fielder’s choice.


Batbusters LaStrapes 2, WA Lake Breeze 1

Two Batbuster pitchers – 2015 Tiffany Kennedy Cummings and 2015 Courtney Sheldon – had a no-hitter for 6 innings until 2015 Kate Kinney led the Breeze 7th with a double off Sheldon.  Kendall Adams 2016 reached on an error at short, the run scoring.  In the Batbuster 1st, Haeley Tran 2016 singled, scored on a passed ball.  In the 3rd, Carmyn Ybarra 2017 singled; scored on a single ny Briana Paysinger 2016.


Corona Angels Marty , So Cal Athletics 0
Jazmyn Jackson (2014 Cal) opened the 3rd with a single.  Ashley Goodwin (2014 Ohio State) singled, rbi.  Miranda Viramontes (2014 Utah) pitched the shutout against the Athletics who had problems scoring this weekend.   The “throwin Samoan” Selina Taamilo (2014 UCLA) was much more focused  today than when we saw her on Saturday, still throwing heat but the curve broke sharply.


OC Batbusters Haning 5, Raiders 1

Kaylee Carlson (2014 UNC) was very effective.  The Batbusters scored 3 runs in the 1st. Madeline Jelenicki  (2014 UCLA) singled; Syd Romero (2015 Oklahoma) followed; Janell Wheaton  (2014 Florida) doubled, rbi; Tannow Snow (2015 Washington) singled in two runs.  Romero singled and scored in the 4th; Wheaton reached on an error at short; pinch runner Natalie Peters (2015 Michigan) scored on a hit by Alysha Everett (2014 Oregon).  The Raiders scored in their last at bat on a leadoff double and single.


Excellent tournament; cold at night; fields were well maintained; umpires were favorably received.




11-23-2013 Thanksiving Tournament Saturday Scores

Friday pool games were cancelled
The tournament does not post scores; these results were obtained onsite by Spy.  The games ended about 930, the remaining fans enduring the bitter cold common to November night games.


So Cal Athletics 3, CA Cruisers 0
Hayley Copeland (South Carolina 2014) pitched for Athletics.  Hilary Hilburn (Utah 2016) pitched for the Cruisers.

CA Choppers 3, Explosion 0
These pitchers may well do battle in D1 for their intended colleges; Caitlyn Brooks (Notre Dame 2015) was the winner over Brittany Finney (Oklahoma 2015). The game was essentially decided by a 2-run double by Lauren Lindvall (Oregon 2014),

So Cal Athletics 4, Wichita Mustangs 2
Selina Taamilo (UCLA 2014), a very hard throwing pitcher of Samoan ancestry, pitched for SCA’s. Allie Krueger (2015) for the Mustangs. Not a game to write home about; both pitchers had difficulty consistently hitting their spots; both teams failed to exploit bases-loaded situations.  Top 1st SCA Jenna Holcomb (2016) tripled and scored on an rbi by Carlee Wallace (2014 Auburn).  The Mustangs tallied two in the 3rd. Runs scored by Reagan Hathaway (2015 Texas) and Miranda Rohleder (2016). The A’s came back with two in the 4th and added an insurance run in the 7th on consecutive doubles by Kennedy Clark (2015 South Carolina) and Taylor Rowland  (2015 Tennessee).

Batbusters Haning 7, Sorcerer 2.  The Batbusters jacked 3 home runs, two by Maddy Jelenicki (UCLA 2014), another by Tannon Snow (2015 Washington).  Sorcerer homers were hit by Julia Deponte (2014 Washington) and Kylee Perez (2014 UCLA).

The Next Level 8, CA Grapettes 0
Karissa Frazier (2014 UIC) pitched for TNL.  Mariah Gonzales (2016) started for Grapettes.  The climb to 8-0 began with a 4-run, bases-loaded outburst in the 3rd, highlighted by a triple by Kailey Hill (2014 USD).

OC Batbusters Haning 3, TX Impact 2

So Cal Athletics 3, Grapettes 2

Batbuster Briggs 2, Vienna Stars 1

NJ Intensity KOD 3, Batbusters Haning 2
Allison Frei (2014 Boston College) started for Intensity; Madeline Smith (2016) relieved in the 4th.  Alyssa Vanderveer (2014 Penn State) doubled in two runs for Intensity top 1st. The Batbusters scored a run in the 2nd and tied in the 3rd.  Intensity scored the go-ahead run in the 4th on a double by Carly Servini (2015).  Marissa Lopez (2015 Oklahoma) pitched for the BBH.  The run in the 3rd was scored on doubles by Amanda  Lorenz (2025 Florida) and Syd Romero (2015 Oklahoma).

WA Ladyhawks 3, Batbusters Stith 2
Katie Donovan (2014 Utah) pitched the win.  Trailing 2-0, the Ladyhawks racked 3 runs in the 3rd.  Kaylee Ree (2015) reached on error; Ashlyn Lyons (2014) tripled; Morgan Figuerora (Fordham (2014) reached on an error; Celine Fowler (2024) brought in the go-ahead run with a sac fly.  Marissa Lopez (2015 Oklahoma) pitched for the junior Batbusters.

Raiders 5, NJ Intensity 4
Intensity had the tying run on 3rd when time expired.

Corona Angels Marty 4, Beverly Bandits 2
Rachel Garcia (2015 UCLA) got the win.  Meghan Beaubien (2017) pitched for Bandits.

NJ Intensity KOD 4, Beverly Bandits 1
Madeline Smith (2015) pitched for Intensity.  Meghan Beaubir=en pitched a consecutive game for Bandits.

Note: Spy saw games on four fields; Harvard Park does not permit golf carts and Spy is handicapped, so he dragged a chair from field to field.  On Sunday, Spy will watch games on the western side of Harvard Park..