Ushering in our season-ending rankings are the No. 10 Miami Wildcats, who were inches away from shooting up our list, but suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to TANEL 98 in the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series final. Still, the 11-2 showing that the Florida squad put forth in that second-place finish ensured it a spot on our list.
The team also captured a trio of titles this season, going 6-0, and outscoring its opponents 37-4 to win the Coral Spring Ultimate Challenge tournament. They also won the Stingrays Palmetto Bay Summer Meltdown and Sawgrass Showdown tournaments, both against 14 and under competition. The team finished with a 59-15 overall USSSA record (24-9 vs class A opponents), with a 1199 power rating and 1315 USSSA points.
Managed by Charlie Veiga, the team consists of Eliza Artiles, Carolina Colli, Janis Gomez, Katherine Gonzalez, Alexis Guzman, Monica Marquez, Allison Muraskin, Michelle Oliva, Britney Purser, Jessica Rivera, Kristina Veiga and Samantha Veiga.
Our No. 9 club, Team Smith '98, may have a nondescript name, but it made people take notice this season with a run to the finals of the USSSA Fastpitch World Series, where it fell 9-1 to No. 5 Sudden Impact 98. The La Verne, California team was 6-3 in that tournament, with all three losses coming against the Impact. But its showing there solidified its spot on our rankings, and also secured an Offensive Tournament MVP award for Alexis Chavez.
The squad did record one win over Sudden Impact this season, a 6-4 decision in the Spring Fever tournament final to capture that crown. Team Smith finished the year with 9-3 record vs. class A, with 425 USSSA points and a 1220 power rating.
Managed by Jon Workman, the roster includes Deanna Alarcon, Isabella Almeida, Lucia Almeida, Jocelyn Betancourt, Jessie Gomez, Alison Green, Irene Herrera, Emma Kaufman, Jordan Olivarez, Clarisa Ramirez, Mia Sanchez, Arizona Schraeder, Megan Stevens and Ashlyn Workman.
Landing at No. 8 are the Louisiana State Champions, the LA Patriots 12U. The Patriots swept through that tournament, going 7-0, and outscoring their opponents 37-5. They also recorded a 3-2 win over 12U B No. 1 Red Stick Softball 007s.
The team went 6-0 to take the 18th Annual LA Patriots Early Bird tournament, and finished seventh, with a solid 8-2 record, at the USSSA Road to Orlando Fastpitch World Series, which was won by TALEN 98, of Texas. The Patriots compiled a 21-2 overall USSSA record (11-2 vs. class A), with 300 USSSA points and a 1250 power raring.
Managed by Shelli Sumrall, the roster consists of Gisselle Ash, Riley Chustz, Natalie Erwin, Katelynn McLin, Kenedie Richardson, Breanna Stout, Shayna Sykes, Madison Thompson, Allison Vincent, Heather Zumo and Heidi Zumo.
Our No. 7 team is as aggravating to its opponents as sand in your shoe. The Lady Sandites of Sand Springs, Oklahoma had a very impressive showing at the USSSA Fastpitch World Series, finishing third with an 8-2 record. They recorded a huge 9-5 win over No. 1 East Des Moines, and lost two tight one-run games to the No. 2 Blue Springs Fireballs. Kalli Mallory took home the Offensive Tournament MVP trophy.
The Sandites also won the TGSF May Daze tournament for ages 14 and under, sweeping five games with a 25-12 run differential. The ladies finished first in the TGSF Competitive League, and took second place at the Pitch for the Cure 2x NIT event. The team finished with a 37-11overall USSSA record (15-5 vs. class A), with a 1255 power rating and 1295 USSSA points.
Led by Vicki Boyd, the roster consists of Rachel Blair, Brookelyn Boyd, Cheyanne Busby, Cody Cheatham, Jessica Collins, Hayleigh Galvan, Tatianna Gilford, Baylee Mudd, Sydney Pennington, Kennedy Salyers and Cierra Scott.
The Richmond Diamonds may not have as thick a list of accomplishments as some of the other squads on our rankings, but they certainly did enough to secure the No. 6 spot.
The team won the the Virginia USSSA Fastpitch/Mad Hat State Tournament, sweeping six games, and outscoring its opponents 54-11 over that stretch. The Diamonds also went 6-2 to finish fourth at the Potomac River Clash event. The club compiled a 12-2 overall USSSA record (9-2 vs class A), with a 1276 power rating and 340 USSSA points.
Managed by Andrew Moxey, the team includes Erin Acors, Megan Dray, Marcey Jiles, Kristen Latham, Kayli Mull, Megan Richards, Stephanie Sandridge, Madison Seay, Kaylyn Sheperd and Raine Wilson.
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