Our next team took a huge bite out of the competition this season, as the powerhouse Deerfield Beach Sharks come in at No. 5. The only thing stopping the Florida team from reaching the top of our list is its 9th-place finish at the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series, where it went 6-2 (including a loss to the No. 2 Ft. Worth Bat Busters 2000 Woodall). Although the Orlando Aftershock 00 would go on to win that event, the Beach Sharks still compiled a formidable 73-4 overall USSSA record (39-4 vs. class A), with a 1271 power rating and 1365 USSSA points.
The team won 13 titles this season, including the World Series Warmup tournament, where it swept five games and outscored its opponents 32-4. It also won the Florida A State Championship, plus the November Knockout, Sailfish Splash, USSSA Walk on the Wild Side, Lake Lytal Classic, Pines One-Day and USSSA March Madness events.
Led by Karla Antonio, the team includes Brandi Antonio, Brooke Antonio, Karissa Bauzon, Chelsea Brown, Maegan Calandra, Jordyn Griffith, Madison Inhat, Gabrielle Jadotte, Jeritza Montero, Sami Restrepo, Amy Robbins, Tiffany Saba and Mia Veliz.
The state of Virginia makes its lone appearance at No. 4 on our countdown, with its State Champion Loudoun Storm 10U. The Purcellville club finished with a 20-2 overall record (14-2 vs. class A), 945 USSSA points, and a 1300 power rating.
The team went 5-1, with a 52-17 run differential, to capture the USSSA Kickoff Klassic tournament. It also won the Virginia USSSA Fastpitch/Mad Hat State Tournament, the Monster Bash event, and the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout tournament.
Guided by Donna Daughtry, the team includes Olivia Badura, Reagan Brill, Jordan Crigger, Shelbie Daughtry, Camryn Dolby, Katelyn Harris, Samantha Jackson, Kelly Kmetz, Katie Merchant, Payton Schaaf, Eva Speacht and Taylor Young.
The Wolverine State certainly has reason to feel proud of our No. 3 team, the USSSA Michigan Pride Stars. The Canton team finished second to the Orlando Aftershock 00 in the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series, losing 10-2 in the final. But the Michigan team did compile an 89-23 run differential and a 9-2 record during the event, which included two wins over the No. 2 Ft. Worth Bat Busters 2000 Woodall. Jennifer Bressler took home the Offensive Tournament MVP honor for the Pride Stars.
The team finished the season with a 38-6 overall USSSA record, a 1319 power rating and 1095 USSSA points. It went 7-0, and outscored it opponents 93-16, to capture the Michigan State Championship. It also won the 12 and under Pride Spring Challenge tournament, the Pride Summer Classic event, and the P C Pride Fall Classic tournament.
Managed by Dan Bressler, the team consists of Lucy Cronin, Isabelle Dawson, Nicole Dawson, Alaina Heitmeyer, Mckenzie Knight, Morgan Overaitis, Madison Rosiewicz, Justice Ruggles, Angela Schmidt, Makayleigh Silverman and Jessica Tucci.
Our runner-up is a team with an evocative and accurate name, the Ft. Worth Bat Busters 2000 Woodall. The Texas club also climbed up our rankings due to a strong performance in the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series, finishing third. The Bat Busters went 9-2 in the tournament (including an 8-7 win over the No. 5 Deerfield Beach Sharks), with both losses coming to No. 3 (and tournament finalist) USSSA Michigan Pride Stars. Kasey Simpson won the Defensive Tournament MVP award for the club.
The Busters were also crowned 2011 USSSA North Texas State Champions, sweeping three games and outscoring its opponents 17-0. The team won the Red River Shootout NIT as well, and finished with a 17-2 overall USSSA record (9-2 vs. class A), with a 1328 power rating and 825 USSSA points.
Led by Tony Woodall, the team includes Avery Boley, Aleah Bozarth, Kathleen Clum, Kayla Durbois, Danielle Garcia, Abigail Haugh, Macie Strickland, Caraline Woodall and Avery Zeigler.
To finish the season No. 1 on our rankings you need to be perfect, or close to it, and the Pittsburgh Diamond Stars were this season. The South Park, Pennsylvania team went an undefeated 12-0 against class A teams this season, with a 1504 power rating and 375 USSSA points.
The team captured the Western Pennsylvania State Championship, sweeping six games and outscoring its opponents 35-3. It swept six more games, with a staggering 89-3 run differential, to win the Fastpitch Classic tournament.
Managed by David Morrison, the team consists of Kimmy Bachman, Bailey Bell, Casey Bornak, Morgan Farrah, Abby Joyce, Santana King, Kaitlyn Morrison, Bailey Parshall, Katlyn Pavlik, Madison Renner, Laura Shinavski and Savana Williamson.
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