by Jason Hanes
Texas Bombers Gold used a four-run fifth inning to take control as they defeated PA Strikers National-Mizuno, 5-2, to advance to Championship Bracket play in the 14 Open division of the Triple Crown-USA Nationals in Cumming, Ga.
The Strikers struck first as a double to left-center by Briana Peck scored a runner from second to make it 1-0. The Bombers mounted a threat in the bottom of the third thanks to a pair of singles, but Strikers starter Acelynn Sellers won a nine pitch at-bat with a strikeout, then got a line out to second to end the Bombers' threat.
The Bombers started some two-out trouble in the fourth as Delanie Loya singled to left. After seeing eight pitches, Emma Humplik served the ninth pitch into the gap in left-center, with her double scoring Loya to tie the game at 1-1.
In the fifth, the Bombers used their speed at the start of the inning to create pressure as Mihyia Davis, Isa Torres, and Kramer Eschete each laid down bunt singles to load the bases. Kelsie Kelso then blooped a single to shallow center to plate Davis with the go-ahead run. After a wild pitch scored Torries and moved the other runners up 60-feet, a pitching change ended Sellers' day in the circle. While Peck would quickly record two outs in relief, a two-run single by Loya would plate the two runners and give the Bombers a 5-1 lead.
"We've depended on the long ball so much the past couple of days, but they played us so far back that we had to tell our kids to shorten up at the plate," said Bombers coach Jessica Rogers. "Our slappers came up big, and once we got them on, we just needed one big hit to get them over."
"It was really important for me to get on base," said Davis of her leadoff single. "I know we've got big hitters behind me, so I know my job is to get on base so they can get me in."
In the seventh, the Strikers wouldn't go quietly as a single by Twaddell and a double by Smith put two runners in scoring position with one out. Morgan Farthing's grounder to short was kicked, but a quick recovery allowed for a tag of the runner at second for the second out with a run scoring. One batter later, Miles would get a ground out to end the game and give the Bombers the win.
The win moves the Texas Bombers into the Championship Bracket against PA Chaos National-Harvey Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at Central Park in Cumming.
by Kyle Koso
Reaching the end of Tuesday's play at the TC/USA Nationals with a 6-0 record overall is certainly fine with the 14u Glory Adkins-Locke (GA) squad.
But head coach Steve Locke is still grasping for answers on some important issues.
The Glory moved into the finals of their double-elim bracket Tuesday with a 5-2 victory over the Texas Sudden Impact 04, giving up the only two runs they've allowed from the start, but the sight of his roster coming up dry on two separate bases-loaded, no-out opportunities dimmed the sparkle of that unbeaten record.
Fortunately, the Glory played superior defense in spots and got solid pitching, with starter Chayse Eldridge going three innings and reliever Alyssa Bedenbaugh excelling in her four innings of work.
"It's very frustrating to see that they were loaded with my 3-4-5 hitters up, and they are all hitting .400 or more this week. Our pitching has been dominant," said Locke, whose team will face the East Cobb Bullets Biele/Heath on Wednesday in hopes of winning outright their spot to the single-elim final bracket. "The offense has struggled; we're facing great pitching, and we accept it ... those teams practice and are trying hard, too. But it's situational hitting ... I told them, just hit two pop flys and we have four more runs.
"You need to do the little things, because it's only going to get harder. I look like a coach who is 0-6, not 6-0, but I know what we need to do. We're good enough to overcome mistakes, and I expect our pitching will continue and we can make a run at this thing."
The Glory scored all five runs in the second inning, with doubles from Emma Davis and Meadow Villar doing damage. Villar drove in Nadia Barbary (a verbal commit to Mississippi State), and Eldridge singled in Villar; Avery Locke came home on a single from leadoff hitter Kailyn Jones. Davis doubled, and Anyce Harvey closed the burst by singling in Davis.
Davis and Jones each had three hits, with Davis loading the bases in the fourth on a perfectly executed bunt, one made tougher since she had fouled off a bunt attempt on an earlier pitch.
"It's difficult, especially after fouling the first ball off, because they know it's coming. You just work it to your advantage, and using the dirt as well," Davis said. "This game could have gone smoother, but we did work well in staying up and not getting down on ourselves. After this game, we are hoping for better results, but we are having a good tournament."
One of the other treats for the Glory was watching Bedenbaugh field her position in the pitching circle. She gloved everything that came her way and made a startling athletic play for the second out of the ninth inning, fielding a dribbler up the first base line and leap-tossing the ball to first in time to catch a very speedy runner.
She also was cool in the dugout, not getting agitated when the offense stumbled.
"I just keep cheering them on. I trust them, and I know they'll get hits, so I trust the defense behind me as well," she said. "We stayed positive; the coaches were frustrated, but we kept backing each other up. I play third base a lot, so after I throw the ball I just treat it like I'm playing third. Our pitchers are doing good, the defense is backing everything up, the hitting is getting us leads ... I think we can win this thing."
"She's the most athletic pitcher I've seen, and she's the most athletic third base I've ever seen," Locke added. "Her lower body is so strong and she's so fast ... she has a Division-I release, hard and accurate."
The Glory beat the EC Bullets Biele/Heath team on Monday, 1-0.
by Jason Hanes
Texas Dirt Divas 02 moved into Wednesday afternoon's 16 Open B Bracket championship game with a 9-0 (5) victory over Aces 16u Ashley on Tuesday evening at Midway Park in Cumming, GA. as part of the Triple Crown USA Nationals.
"It feels like we're finally stringing some hits together and playing as a team," said Dirt Divas head coach Kaylee Parker after her team's win.
The Dirt Divas got the first two batters of the game on base, then brought both of them home on Mikaelah Burkland's single to take a 2-0 lead. "It was crucial to get momentum on our side with those first two runs," coach Parker said. "We were able to just keep rolling after that."
Aces 16u Ashley mounted its first threat of the game as three singles loaded the bases with two outs in the second, but Dirt Divas starting hurler Brooke Gainous would get a ground out to end the threat.
In the third, the Dirt Divas plated three, with Burkand's double off the fence in right-center scoring Rylie Bouvier with the first run. Two batters later, Jessica Adams sent a towering drive over the fence in center for a two-run blast to make it 5-0. "Jess has been on fire for us all week," Parker said. "I knew something like that was coming off her bat."
The Dirt Divas dug the long ball again in the fifth as Kaylee Hornberger sent a one-out solo home run down the line in left. After a walk, the Dirt Divas struck again as a double down the line in left by Courtney Everts made it 7-0. With an error putting runners on the corners, Kalyn Xayaseng's bunt single scored Everts with the eighth run of the game. Jaylen Prichard's fielder's choice led to the third out of the inning but a run scored before the out to make it 9-0.
Gainous would work 4.2 innings before giving way with two runners on in the fifth to Adams. Adams would record a ground out on the game's final batter to give the Dirt Divas the run rule win.
"It was really important to get the win," Gainous said. "It was great to feel like my teammates had my back."
The Texas Dirt Divas move on to face Georgia Power DeMarini Gold-Worley Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at Midway Park.
We are one week away from the highly competitive TC/USA Nationals. Triple Crown Fastpitch has taken this tournament all over the United States from New York City to Reno to Austin and back again. 2018 is the seventh year of the event and Alpharetta, Cumming and surrounding towns in suburban Atlanta will play host on July 9-12.
The TC/USA Nationals is a six-game guarantee that is well known for featuring the nation’s top 14u, 16u and 18u fastpitch teams, based on U.S. Club Rankings. All box brackets will be pre-seeded based on ranking, geography and strength of roster. Box bracket outcomes will determine team seeding into double elimination brackets. The top two teams from each double elimination bracket will feed into a single elimination bracket for the championship. Triple Crown is excited for another year of partnering with ESPN3 to produce a live broadcast of the top championship games in the 18u and 16u divisions.
Nobody will want to miss watching the best competition in the country go head to head; especially college coaches! TC/USA Nationals has quickly become a hotspot for college coaches to scout the current and upcoming talent. This year more than 40 colleges have pre-registered to make an appearance at the tournament.
There are 64 teams set to play in the 18u Gold division including the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and 2017 TCS National Champions, the So Cal Athletics – Richardson. The East Cobb Bullets – Schnute, Birmingham Thunderbolts, Texas Bombers Gold – Smith and Aces Express – McCorkle are all ranked within the nation’s top 10 and will take the diamond in Georgia to rival the Athletics.
The 16u Open division will showcase 48 elite teams with No. 6 ranked Vision Gold – Poole and No. 9 ranked Texas Glory Adkins Gold in attendance. Glory Adkins was the runner-up of this event last year and will be fighting to end up on top next week. In 2017, Firecrackers TJ was our TCS National Champion in 14u and have since moved up to play in the 16u division. The 14u Open lineup welcomes 32 teams, many of which are also nationally ranked powerhouses.
The entertainment is not limited to the ballfield; Triple Crown has partnered with some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, theme parks and shopping destinations to provide players, coaches and families with special discount codes and great group deals. Visit www.tcusanationals.com to check out the event partners, schedule/results, U.S. club rankings, college coach list and more. TC Fastpitch is fired up and ready to rock the Georgia heat – see you all next week!
By Bradey King
The pleasure taken from a job well done can be a subtle experience.
Montana Fouts, one of the most imposing pitchers in the 2018 class and already committed to SEC power Alabama, gave her Beverly Bandits 16u team a golden path to the finish line Thursday in the title game of the 16u TC/USA Nationals, allowing one hit in a 5-0 victory over Texas Glory-Adkins at Concordia University in Austin. That hit came with one out in the seventh and was the only ball to leave the infield – Fouts’ dominance included eight strikeouts and plenty of reason to celebrate.
However, she was quick to appreciate the contributions of her team, which did flex some muscle in posting shutouts in both the semifinals and finals Thursday.
“Everyone is working hard, and I couldn’t do it without my teammates and their offense. Hopefully, we just keep getting better and don’t feel satisfied,” said Montana, who had a perfect game going before Ronni Ramos’ clean single in the seventh. “That’s great and all (nearing a no-hitter), but winning the game was way more important than anything else. That may have been going through other people’s minds, but you have to leave that alone.”
“She’s special, and she’s selfless. She’s one of the top junior pitchers in the country. But you’d never know it, because she’s not that (braggart-type) of kid,” said Bandits coach Eddy Ketelhut. ”She’s all team, she’s always working, and she’d do anything for anybody.”
In terms of offense, the Bandits took control in the final thanks to some ringing, fence-rattling extra-base hits. Joley Mitchell (headed to Missouri) tripled in Eden Mayo (Louisville) for the game’s first run in the second inning, while a double from Avrey Steiner (Illinois) led to run No. 2.
“It’s gone pretty well; I’m pretty comfortable because I know if I get on I can count on my team behind me to move me around,” said leadoff hitter Macy Ratliff, who reached base three times and scored twice. “I feel like I have a lot of tools to offer. We were ready for this, and we worked hard for it.”
While the team is still relatively new to each other, the Bandits are of the opinion they’ve figured out how things should look going forward.
“This whole week has been about finding an identity. Going into Colorado (Sparkler/Fireworks) we didn’t even know what that was,” Ketelhut said. “This week we learned how to pull as a team together. They have accepted roles; not to say they won’t ever move into another position, but understanding what the team needs.”
Mayo reached base three times, and Faith Hensley (Ball State) doubled and scored in the seventh.
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Eight proved to be the magic number for Firecrackers-TJ.
Seven wins put TJ Houshmandzadeh’s squad in the 14u Championship game at TC/USA Nationals and their pitcher Grace Uribe, number eight, boasted a near-perfect performance for Firecrackers’ eighth win, 4-1, over the Texas Dirt Divas, claiming the 2017 title.
“It wasn’t an easy road,” said head coach Houshmandzadeh. “We made it hard on ourselves at times. Games that we played cleaned, we won easy. This championship game wasn’t easy, but our pitchers pitched great and we got timely hits.”
Great might have been a gross understatement for how the Firecrackers looked in the circle. Starting pitcher Grace Uribe brought her best when it mattered most. Through the first couple of innings, she was nearly untouchable.
“The Dirt Divas are good hitting team,” said Uribe. “I knew if I was going to have any kind of success I was going to need to keep the ball down. Knowing that I had a great defense behind also gave me a lot of confidence.”
Uribe’s pitching style wasn’t conducive to a high volume of strikeouts, but her team was up to the task defensively. Through the first four innings, Uribe tallied just two strikeouts, but the defense picked up 10 putouts, blanking every Dirt Diva that came to the plate.
In the second inning, it was time for Firecrackers’ offense to help its pitcher. Hailey Smith kicked things off with a single to left field. Two batters and a stolen base later, Macey Keester drove Smith home with a sacrifice fly, taking the lead, 1-0.
Same story, different inning in the fourth. This time, Smith led off with a double, allowing Rachel Allen to stretch the lead, 2-0, with an RBI single.
“At first I was seeing a lot of inside pitches,” said Smith. “When their pitcher made a mistake, I was able to put the bat on it and hit it hard.”
While Uribe and the Firecracker defense was building four innings of perfect softball, production on the offensive end seemed to sprout when Hailey Smith was around the plate.
Already with two runs scored, Smith climbed into the RBI column in the sixth inning with a single, scoring Elianna Reyes who represented the third run of the ballgame for Firecrackers.
The Dirt Divas threatened in the bottom half of the sixth inning, though. With runners in scoring position, Houshmandzadeh was forced to call in Amanda Johnson to finish things off.
“The kids make mistakes sometimes,” said Houshmandzadeh. “They’ve been great at rebounding, though. Like water off a duck’s back, these girls have been incredibly resilient.”
Looking for even more insurance, the Firecrackers plated a run via an RBI double from Abigail Mulvey that scored Macey Keest to make it 4-0. It was the only inning in which Smith was not involved in the Firecrackers scoring.
Texas once again made it a game in the final frame. Three hits pushed across a run, but Johnson forced the final pop up before anything life-threatening occurred, securing the championship, 4-1.
“This shows that we can come together as a team and proved to people just how good we are,” said Smith.”We’ve been together as a single unit all year long and this is the culmination of all our hard work.”
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Technically, you’re not supposed to carry a lot of emotion and history from previous games into the contests still to be played.
But it’s a good thing the So Cal Athletics 18u team have a least a little long-term memory.
Boosted by their one-run victory in comeback fashion at the semifinals Thursday of the TC/USA Nationals in Austin, the Athletics were solid in every respect in the final, taking down the Gold Coast Hurricanes 8-1 to earn championship honors. Clutch hits early, steady offensive pressure throughout, and dynamite work in the pitching circle had the Athletics (ranked No. 2 in US Club Rankings) looking the part of a dominant squad.
“We were buried there for a while (in the semifinals), down 3-0 going into the fifth inning … we scored three to tie it, got one in the sixth, got three outs in the seventh and ran out of there. But that had a huge part in what happened here today,” said Athletics coach Bruce Richardson. “There’s nothing I can fault with these girls in the final. They hit the ball when we needed it, got clutch hits, and executed some nice stuff.
“Earlier we won three straight games, 7-1, and just couldn’t put anyone away. We talked about putting teams away early, to save some arms and get out of the heat, but it never really happened.”
Lauren Espalin (a California commit) had a sharp two-run single in the first inning for the Athletics; she also got hits in the third and fifth innings, which allowed her team to slowly build the lead. Hannah McEwen (Arkansas) came through with three hits, including an RBI triple in the sixth inning, and she also scored twice.
“It was a really good start for us (in the semis); we came out a little flat, but we were able to scrape and get the ‘W.’ It prepared us for later, as we worked through the struggles,” Espalin said. “It gave us more energy. I wasn’t trying to do anything too much (in the first inning); just knowing I needed to drive them in any way I could. I was fortunate to make a pretty good hit there, squaring up the ball, keeping it simple and calm.”
Starting pitcher Maddy Dwyer (Stanford) allowed Hurricanes leadoff hitter Sam Russ (North Carolina State) to reach first base and later score in the first, but that was all the wobble Dwyer displayed. She allowed four hits and a walk in her five innings of work.
“In that situation, you have to settle down and realize, that’s a good-hitting team. We played them (earlier), so we have to make plays and not get in over your head,” said Dwyer, who attends the same high school (Orange Lutheran) as Espalin. “If you do that, you’ll be more prone to make mistakes. I didn’t get riled up; you try to get the momentum going forward.
“The games in the beginning, we were kind of cruising, so it was important for us to be able to get through a game that’s hard to win and see what it’s like to get it done in those situations. It doesn’t have to be pretty, and it was good for us.”
Danielle Romanello had a single, triple and RBI for the Hurricanes; Briana Marcelino added two singles.
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Two losses early Wednesday morning for the 18u East Cobb Bullets-Biele put them out of contention of the top bracket at TC/USA Nationals, but that didn’t mean they lacked for motivation later in the day.
Down early to the Wichita Mustangs, East Cobb whittled away to tie the game in the fifth inning and ultimately utilized a gritty effort in the sixth to leapfrog the Mustangs, 5-2, to advance in the 18u Gold Bracket.
“This team never quits,” said head coach Andrew Biele. “We almost came from behind earlier today and we ended up pulling it off in this one. We’re a very young team and one thing we told them is that it’s all about energy and it’s all about heart.”
East Cobb tasted its first bout with adversity early in its matchup against the Mustangs. Three base hits in the first inning led to two runs for Wichita, handing the team from Kansas the early lead, 2-0.
Undeterred, East Cobb kept plugging away. Things started to develop slowly offensively, but more importantly, things started to settle down defensively.
“I did not want to let my team down in this game,” said starting pitcher Angelina Biele. “Everyone was a little down after this morning. I knew if I could amp the team up a little, it would have a domino effect.”
Leadoff hitter Arielle Oda echoed the same sentiments.
“The key is to stay optimistic,” said Oda. “We’ve dealt with everything, including multiple injuries. We just needed to stay positive and play softball the way we knew how.”
The Bullets’ dynamite duo, who will both be sporting their talents in the ACC at Duke University in the coming seasons, began to spark life into their team.
Biele went to work in the circle, knocking down batters left and right. In the fourth inning, a stolen base, walk and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Paige Cook. Cook’s sacrifice fly put the first run on the board for the Bullets, cutting the lead in half.
An inning later, Oda conjured up her speed, reaching on a bunt single for the second time in three at-bats. Oda finished 2-3 with two runs scores. Two batters later, a fielder’s choice from Chandler Dennis tied the game at two.
“We have it in us if we just stay together,” said Oda. “We had a plan going in and we knew if we just stayed calm and executed, good things were going to happen.”
Behind a rock-solid performance from Biele, East Cobb’s offense was back to the plate in the sixth inning looking for its first lead of the ballgame. Felise Collins showcased her speed and fooled Wichita with a bunt single to open up the frame. Mia Jenkings was up to the task, driving in Collins to take the 3-2 advantage.
The Bullets weren’t done, though. Oda climbed aboard with a hit-by-pitch, allowing Leea Hanks to come through with a two-RBI single, stretching the lead, 5-2.
Trouble started brewing in the bottom half of the sixth inning. A lead-off single, a walk and two stolen bases had Wichita threatening to get themselves back in the contest. By that time, Chandler Dennis had come in to pitch. Not only did Dennis finish off the sixth swiftly, but her 1-2-3 seventh inning sealed the deal on East Cobb’s victory.
“It’s been a long season for us,” said coach Biele. “We’ve used the NFL mentality ‘next man up’ because we’ve had so many injuries. To see these girls be such good teammates and enjoy one another’s success has been really exciting to watch.”
East Cobb continues its journey through TC/USA Nationals. The Bullets will matchup against Texas Glory-Adkins at 8 a.m. at Taylor Sports Complex. A win would put the Georgia natives in the 18u Gold Bracket championship, not bad for a team fresh off a championship appearance in Triple Crown’s Fireworks tournament just over a week ago.
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In the brackets below the very top at TC/USA Nationals, there are still tough teams to play and satisfying memories to make.
But the first thing a team has to do is shake off the disappointment of not securing a spot in the Platinum Bracket, which went by the boards earlier Wednesday for the Texas Glory-Adkins 18u squad with a loss to the So Cal Athletics. As another toasty day at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock began to release its grip, the Glory sprung free and claimed a 5-0 victory over the Conklin (NY) Raiders to reach the Gold Bracket semifinals.
The Glory (ranked 27th in US Club Rankings) will take on the East Cobb Bullets-Biele on Thursday morning in Taylor for a berth in the Gold Bracket finals, versus either the No. 11 Texas Sudden Impact-Dutton or the No. 31 Vision-Poole.
Against the Raiders, a five-run jolt in the first inning proved to be the only scoring of the entire contest. Two-run singles from Georgia Capell and Abigail Stewart were the key blows, with Riley Cantrell bringing home another run with a sacrifice fly. In the circle, Glory pitcher Bailey Longoria escaped some early trouble and never flinched in posting her four-hit shutout.
However, none of that pleasure would have been enjoyed had the Glory not turned the page from their earlier setback.
“We were a little upset, but we came back and fought hard and played really well. We should do great in this bracket,” said Capell, who reached base three times and is headed to Tarleton State University in Texas. “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit; we wanted to get on the board and score some runs early. It’s been a good tournament so far, but we have one more day.”
Longoria enjoyed the early boost of offense, and she got another lift when her defense threw out a runner at home plate in the first inning. She did her part, allowing only two walks and not allowing a runner past second base in the final six frames.
“To know I had that early cushion and to know they always have my back … I’m not going out there scared. I had a couple to work with, and I got excited (about the out at home),” said Longoria, who is headed to Texas A&M-Kingsville. “We aren’t in the top bracket, but we can always win this one.”
“I told them, we’ll make the best of where we are. We have to play the way we are capable, and we had a game where we didn’t play to our capabilities,” said Glory coach Keith Allen. “We let one slip away. But (Capell and Stewart) are great hitters, they stay inside the ball and understand what it means to be productive. Sometimes, the first inning is all you get, and we made the most of that. They stayed calm, saw the ball deep in the zone and put good hits on the ball.
“Bailey kept the ball down and changed speeds. We really like what she does with the ball — it keeps us in games. We haven’t given up a lot of runs this week.”
Alexis Phillips had two hits for the Raiders, and Paige Rauch certainly pitched well enough to win after the first inning, allowing a hit and a walk in the next four innings.
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With less than a week off in the last six weeks, the 14u Texas Dirt Divas finally felt right at home playing in Austin, Texas, at Triple Crown’s USA Nationals.
Knocking off The Factory, 9-0, in round one Tuesda set up a Texas-versus-Oklahoma border war between the Dirt Divas and the Exclusive. A big third inning was all the Divas needed to edge out the Exclusive, 3-0, securing a spot in the next round of double elimination play.
“We came out a little flat offensively,” said head coach JD Chandler. “But we’re always in the game defensively and with our pitchers. We have three of the best pitchers in the state of Texas and behind them it’s normal business.”
Starting pitcher Kaci West got the nod to face the Exclusive and though two runners reached safely in the opening frame, West settled into a groove, forcing a strikeout and ground out to end the scoring opportunity.
As the game wore on, however, West picked up momentum and began to knock down batters left and right. In the first three innings, West compiled six strikeouts, three of which were looking.
“My curveball was working very well for me today,” said West. “Even if I messed up, I knew that I had a great team behind and they could pick me up easily.”
Following three near-perfect innings, coach Chandler finally started to see some of his offense begin to produce. West herself kicked off the bottom of the third inning with a single. Three batters later, Bayleee Chandler drove her home with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field. With two on and nobody out, catcher Sydney Collazos stepped to the plate.
“I was looking for a pitch inside,” said Collazos. “That’s my sweet spot and I just cut it loose and tried to hit it as far as I could.”
Callazos promptly rocketed a double to left field, scoring both Hannah Earls and Baylee Chandler. Earls was the only Diva to go perfect at the dish, finishing 3-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
Even though the Exclusive trailed by a mere three runs, it could have easily felt like 10 with the way West was commanding the strike zone. West pitched six full innings, amassing 11 strikeouts and not walking a single hitter.
“It was important to continue to be aggressive towards the batters,” explained West. “It was a matter of just throwing hard at them and focusing on my spins.”
Oklahoma began the final inning with a single and a hit-by-pitch, forcing Chandler to call upon Kaitlyn Dutton to finish things off. Dutton keenly tallied two pop ups and the team’s 12th strikeout to end the game and claim the win.
“Our goal at the beginning of the week was to win it all,” said Collazos. “I feel like it is partly my responsibility to make sure my team has energy and is ready to play each game just like we were today.”
The Dirt Divas will await the winner Vision Gold-Brown and Firecrackers Gale-Texas; its to-be-determined opponent are slated for a first pitch at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning at Krieg Softball Complex.
“I just want to see the same kinds of things I saw today,” said coach Chandler. “This is supposedly the game they love. If you really love something, it isn’t your parents or your coaches that have to get you up in the morning to do it. I have no doubt they’ll be ready to go again tomorrow.”
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