The Rochester Royals are another team that used a strong World Series performance to catapult itself into the rankings, and it lands at No. 5.
The Minnesota team went 10-2, with a 78-31 run differential, to finish fourth at the USSSA Fastpitch World Series. It lost a 10-2 decision to the eventual champion, the OK Shoxx. Earlier in the season, the club won the MFL League, and the Prior Lake Spring Splash tournament. The team finished with 14-4 overall record (14-2 vs. class B), with 555 USSSA points and a 1394 power rating.
Manager Steve Lewison guides a team that consists of Kali Aldrich, Vanessa Anderson, Katie Boldt, Morgan Hazelton, Laura Henderson, Emily Hindal, Caitlyn Hughes, Rachel Karp, Morgan Lewison, Jena Oâ€™Bryne, Kara Oâ€™Bryne, Dana Rasmussen, Rachel Sobiesk, and Morgan Wilson.
Lightning struck a lot more than twice for this New Jersey team, as the Lady Lightning arrive at No. 4. The Old Tappan squad compiled an impressive overall record of 69-10 (29-2 vs class B), with a 1402 power rating and 515 USSSA points.
The team captured a number of titles this season, most recently going 5-0, and outscoring its opponents 31-17, to take the USSSA 2011 End of the Summer Blowout tournament. It also won the USSSA Spring Dazzle, 2011 B Season Opener, and Mother's Day Classic tournaments.
Managed by Daniel Piening, the team includes Nikki Alfano, Carly Anderson, Jamie Ashman, Katie Duncan, Lea Georgatos, Rebekah Katz, Victoria Kostantakis, Isabella Mendez, Emma Nelson, Sarah Piening, Zoe Singer, and Jennifer Tellefsen.
We head to Michigan for our No. 3 team, the Wild Fastpitch Black, where the Dearborn Heights club finished with a 21-2 overall record (15-1 vs. class B), with 205 USSSA points and a 1412 power rating.
The team won a trio of tournament titles this season to secure such a high spot on our list. It went 7-0, with a 55-17 run differential, to take the Livonia Storm Summer Classic tournament. It also captured the Holiday Hit and NSA Rockin in Rochester tournaments, and went 6-1 to finish fifth in the SGS Shootout event.
Managed by Scoot Sadowski, the team consists of Hannah Fisher, Miranda Hebert, Abigail Joseph, Morgan Larkin, Breanna Lawrence, Hailey Lazarek, Kayla Loving, Hannah Madill, Alyssa Matusko, Gabriella Quintana, Amanda Sadowski, Ashley Sadowski, and Shelby Shelton.
The PA Poison were consistently excellent this season, and they conclude the season as our No. 2 team. The Greencastle, Pennsylvania club compiled a robust 45-7 overall record (36-4 vs. class B), with a 1415 power rating and 865 USSSA points.
The team went 7-2 to finish ninth at the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series, beating the Brewster Rockets and Florida Fierce, but losing to the No. 6 Gametime Stars 97. It also took second at the Central PA State Championship. It did win its share of titles however, going 5-0, with a stunning 55-3 run differential, to take the Tug of War tournament. It also claimed the crown at the Turkey Shoot, Memorial Day Shootout, and Umpires Summer Classic tournaments.
Managed by Robert Smith, the team is comprised of Nicole Baker, Brittany Brumbaugh, Liza Fragley, Chaplin Guiliante, Taryn Miller, Alyssa Pittman, Sydney Reath, Paige Richardson, Shelby Smith, and Brooke Zeger.
While the Desert Wolves Adams may not have the championship pedigree of most of the teams on our list, its fighting spirit versus consistently tough class A competition earn it our No. 1 spot. The squad is 15-0 vs. class B this season (20-13 overall), which is enough for 250 USSSA points, and a whopping 1517 power rating.
The Phoenix, Arizona club went 4-2 to finish second at the Phoenix Open. It also placed fourth at both the Greatest Show on Dirt, and The California Qualifier tournaments.
Managed by Jeff Adams, the team includes McKenna Adams, Taylor Algarin, Madi Barton, Bailey Brennan, Alex Cook, Becky Ducar, Kaila Jacobi, Alison Jude, Jessica Kaplan, Alison Kelly, Taylor Martinez, Gabby Moreno, Peyton Pehrson, Courtney Portillo, Serena Seed, Megan Smith, Paige Stapleton, and Haley Wall.
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