(Lake City, FL) – Fastpitch in northern Florida wrapped up the month of August in style, at Battle for the Bling – 1 Day, in Lake City, FL. Teams ranged from high school, all the way down to 10u, and the competition did not disappoint, as squads competed for USSSA bling. We’re highlighting tournament action from the 14U, 12U, and 10U levels of play, along with added insight from Florida’s USSSA Tournament Director, Vince Tucker.
In the 14U division, Jacksonville Storm 14u-Harris (Jacksonville, FL) earned top honors as the fastpitch squad went an impressive 5-0, produced a collective 29 runs offensively while averaging 5.8 runs per game, and allowed just 9 collective defensive runs. In pool play, the girls defeated Gainesville Gold-Tyson 7-1, Suwanee Impact 5-0, and Gulf Coast Heat 5-3. In bracket play, the squad continued to battle and find success, while defeating Jacksonville Storm 06 6-2, Team North Florida 06 Green 6-3.
Jax Storm 14u-Harris found themselves in the championship against Team North Florida. “The score was tied and went into extra innings,” shared Tucker. “Storm scored two runs in the top half of the inning, and in the bottom half, recorded two strikeouts and a putout to secure the championship."
The championship squad is managed by Ronrico Harris, and is comprised of Amia Matthews, Tiana Harriston, Erin Hutchens, Nia Antonetti, Zoryana Hughes, Jadyn Rogers, Morgan Radzelovage, Jaleigha Harris, Kelley White, Kyla Bennett, Alex Avera, Alyssa Julien, and Blair Baldwin.
In the 12U division, the Titans (Glen St. Mary, FL) went 4-1 on the day. After dropping their second game, 6-3 to the Lady Black Haws, the team successfully put up wins against the Lady Black Hawks Jax 10-5, Columbia Crushers 4-3. Jacksonville Storm 07 6-5, and the Honey Badgers Conran 5-3.
The titans are managed by Bryan Richardson, and comprised of, Jasmin Brown, Campbell Dyer, Emma Richardson, Jordyn Lasater, Karis Richardson, Baleigh Shields, Madelyn Lasater, Carly Mobley, Kentlee Payne, and Jadyn Asay.
“The 10U division was a great championship game,” shared Tucker. “It was a great championship game with Jax Storm defeating the Honey Badgers from Jax Beach.”
Jax Storm 09 Mack (Lake City, FL) went 4-1 on the weekend, put 40 offensive runs across the plate while averaging 8 per game, and allowed just 11 runs against. Pool play wins came against North Florida Pride 11-2, and bracket play wins North Florida Pride 7-0, NFGS 10U Honey Badgers Prissie 8-1, and 9-2 in the finals.
Jax Storm 09 Mack is comprised of Allison Anschuetz, Jazlynne Whittington, Aleda Cashwell, Abigail Mercer, Makiyah Lester, Kaydon Alexander, Madisyn Strickland-Bledsoe, Kendall Fowler, Vida Kersey, Amiyah Jones, Lexie Lofton, and Olivia Anderson.
Tucker also added it was a beautiful day in North Florida for a tournament, and it was a great location as kids watching their siblings play ball were able to indulge in some great fishing.
Written by: Erika Yackulic
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