Our Mavericks teams were in action for the first time this past weekend as 10U, 12U and 14U participated in the Black Widow Classic in Ashland Ohio. An enormous amount of work has gone into setting up this organization and I cannot be more proud of the group of athletes, coaches, and parents we have involved. While the scoreboard wasn’t in our favor this weekend, all of the coaches were very pleased with the teams effort and felt that as games went on the quality of play improved. Sometimes brand new is a good thing! Like when you get a new car and open up the engine for the first time and everything roars to life. Softball is a team game and doesn’t usually work like that. Softball brand new is closer to that of a new pair of shoes. New shoes might look great when first taken out of the box, but fit awkwardly the first few times they are worn. They need to be worked in, and playing as a team works the same way. Being all brand new teams, we went into this weekend with no idea how these young ladies would fit together. This tournament started the working in phase, and I feel like by the end of the weekend everybody was a bit more comfortable. Playing this weekend also made it more apparent to our coaches what needs to be worked on in practice. This is an organization built around player and team development and I cannot wait to see how these teams improve after playing together and working with our incredible coaching staff for an entire season.
The 14u team showed a lot of promise this weekend and seemed to get stronger as the weekend went on. Offensively, the team was led by Raegen Rusyniak. Raegen finished the tournament with 4 hits including a home run, 3 runs driven in, 2 runs scored, and 3 hit by pitches giving her an insane 2.22 OPS (On base+ slugging). Niyah Lester led the team in the circle only allowing 2 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings while stranding 6 runners. Harper Morgan also had a great tournament striking out 7 in the circle while leading the team with 6 hits including a triple and a home run. As a coach that is new to softball, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of incredibly talented and sweet young ladies. I think they may have had some fun as well…..
Back in action in a few weeks for the Pumpkin Smash!
This weekend was good for the girls to start playing together and learning what they are capable of doing. I also believe that as the tournament went on the team loosened up a bit and began trusting themselves. I was very impressed with how the girls fought until the last out of every game we played this weekend, that is a sign of a tough team and can’t be taught. Everything in softball is a process and we are moving in the right direction with improvements from our first game to our last! Every team has to start somewhere and I am excited get back to work at practice and see how the ladies improve at our next tournament! – Coach Kailey Myers
Offensively, Ava Ramirez led the team at the plate with 4 hits including a double giving her an avg of .571 on the tournament! she also had stole 3 bases! Ella Bower led the team in pitching striking out 13 batters in 7 2/3 innings.
The girls had a great time playing together for the first weekend and I feel like they have learned a lot since the first practice! Through the whole weekend the girls never got down on themselves staying very positive during the games. We have a lot to learn, but the process is the fun part! Now we have an idea of what to work on to improve for Pumpkin Smash next week. – Coach Ashley Helmink
Offensively, Addison Gaal led the team in hitting and Ashley Scott had a great tournament in the circle striking out 11 in 6 innings!