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PGF Nationals Preview: 14U Premier Primer (7/30/18)

2018 Athletics-Mercado/Greg. Photo/Athletics-Mercado.

There doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut favorite at the PGF 14U Premier Nationals this week at Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

Athletics-Mercado/Greg coach Greg Borzilleri summed up his team’s chances best.

“As we gear up for PGF this week, we are excited about our team’s composition, athleticism and hard work,” Borzilleri said. “This team has a puncher’s chance of winning it all.”

A lot of teams are heading into the PGF Nationals with a “puncher’s chance.”

The Corona Angels have three teams that qualified for PGF and Marty Tyson’s squad should be one of the top contenders. The Angels, who beat OC Batbusters-Campbell, 6-1, to win the Boulder IDT title, have a good balance of speed and power. The Angels have Maryland-committed Kendall Mangel, Jordin King and Kylie Magee in the circle and the offense is led by Tennessee-commit Lair Beautae, Korbe Otis, Angelina Allen, Savannah Adams and Marissa “Rabbit” Gonzalez.

“Nothing is guaranteed,” Tyson said, “so hopefully we get some luck. Great teams here.”

Mark Campbell’s OC Batbusters is another team loaded with talent that looks like a top contender. The Batbusters need Olivia Gigante to be a leader in the circle and at the plate. Florida-committed SS Reagan Walsh leads the defense and is a big producer at the plate. Oklahoma-commit Jocelyn Erickson has had a huge summer for the Batbusters.

“This year’s tournament, like always, is a tough field,” Campbell said. “It’s not always the most talented team that wins it, but rather the team that gets lucky and hits at the right time.”

The Beverly Bandits have a number of squads at the PGF Nationals in the 14U Premier Division, but Beverly Bandits-Harkness might be their best hope with Florida-committed pitcher Keagan Rothrock, Auburn-committed 1B/C Millie Roberts and Auburn-committed 3B/CF Taylor Pannell.

The Birmingham Thunderbolts is another organization with multiple teams at PGF. Lowell Barron’s Birmingham Thunderbolts feature Duke-committed P/UT Kennedy Barron, Ole Miss-committed SS/CF Lauren Bevis, Clemson-committed SS/CF Grace Hiller, Mississippi State-committed C/UT Riley Hull and Louisiana Lafayette-committed C/UT MacKenzie White. Ted Flannery’s Birmingham Thunderbolts is led by Auburn-committed P Emmah Rolfe, Florida-committed C/SS Samantha Roe and LSU-committed P Audrey Johnson.

Athletics-Mercado has a pair of teams at PGF that coule make some noise. David Mercado’s team is built on pitching with three big arms — Emily Leavitt, Cal State Fullerton-commit Sarah Haendiges and North Carolina State-commit Devyn Greer. The lineup is a mix of speed and power, led by P/1B Alexis Guevara, 2B/SS Angela Kay Ramos and UCLA-committed 3B/1B Ramsey Suarez.

Athletics-Mercado/Greg team is one of the top first-year 14U teams in the nation and features Florida-commit Kaila “Lefty” Pollard, Kentucky-commit Lauryn Borzilleri and Arkansas-commit Kiana “Kiki” Estrada.

“The team is stacked with hitters, defensive specialists, quality pitching, speed and power,” Borzilleri said. “This team has garnered attention on the recruiting front from Power 5 schools from the first weekend we played in the fall of 2017. From top to bottom, our lineup is one of the toughest to face on a weekend-to-weekend basis.”

Texas Glory-Naudin has a talented group that should be a factor at PGF. The team is ld by Oklahoma State-committed SS/UT Brianna Evans, Oklahoma State-committed CF/UT Haidyn Sokoloski and Norhwestern-committed Lillian Vallimont.

“I think our style is definitely geared toward our power offense,” Glory coach Montgomery Haygood said. “We have the ability to hit home runs 2-9, then add in one of the top lead-off hitters in the nation with Bri (Evans). (We have) lots of athletes and outstanding team chemistry. Very humble, confident and supremely athletic squad.”

Georgia Impact-Lewis won the PGF 18U Premier national title this past week and Georgia Impact-Fisher looks like it could be a big-time contender at 14U. The team features South Carolina-committed SS/3B Brionna Condon, Liberty-committed C/1B Alana Crenshaw, Georgia commits P/1B Kirsten Fleet, 2B/CF Jaydyn Goodwin and P/1B Emma Langston, Florida-committed 1B/UT Layla Lamar, LSU-committed LF/3B Jadyn Laneaux, Syracuse-committed CF/2B Taylor Malvin, South Carolina-committed OF Caydra Parker and Florida-committed Mia Williams.

The Illinois Chill could play a role at PGF Nationals with Anna Wischnowski leading the way in the circle. Wischnowski was clocked at 64 mph at the recent OnDeck Jamboree in Chicago.

“Like many young teams we our playing our best softball at the end of the summer,” Chill coach Gerry Quinn said. “We have a blend os ages on our team (with) 2021s, 2022s and 2023s. Although the team has not gotten a lot of huge wins this summer, they have played a super tough schedule and I am hopeful that with a good draw a top 20 finish is possible.”


2018 PGF NATIONALS


CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE


14U Platinum championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, CA, Saturday, Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m. (streamed live on FloSoftball)

16U Platinum championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, CA, Saturday, Aug. 4, 12 p.m. (streamed live on FloSoftball)

14U Premier championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, CA, Saturday, Au. 4, at 3 p.m. (streamed live on FloSoftball and tape delayed on Fox Sports West Prime Ticket and Comcast)

16 U Premier championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, CA, Saturday, Au. 4, at 5:30 p.m. (streamed live on FloSoftball and tape delayed on Fox Sports West Prime Ticket and Comcast)


PGF NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP LINEAGE


ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS


2018


PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

West def. East, 4-2

18U PREMIER

Georgia Impact-Lewis def. OC Batbusters-Stith, 6-4

12U PREMIER

Tennessee Mojo-Danley def. Diamond Sports Hotshots-Jones, 1-0

10U PREMIER

Impact Gold National-Smith def. Beverly Bandits-Trackwell, 7-3

18U PLATINUM

Firecrackers North-Thomas, USA Athletics Gold, 7-0

12U PLATINUM

Cal Cruisers-Caouette def. OC Batbusters-Garcia, 5-4


2018


PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

East def. West, 7-4

18U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Conroy def. Corona Angels-Tyson, 2-0

18U PLATINUM

Salinas Storm-Heen def. Batbusters-Gomes/Clark, 5-4

16U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Ketelhut def. Athletics-Mercado/Smith, 10-1

16U PLATINUM

Firecrackers UT-Rollin def. Birmingham Thunderbolts 01, 7-4

14U PREMIER

Texas Dirt Divas def. OC Batbusters-Campbell 03, 4-3

14U PLATINUM

Firecrackers-Brashear/Oakes def. Birmingham Thunderbolts 2003, 8-1

12U PREMIER

Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold def. Georgia Impact-Langston, 5-1

10U PREMIER

Fury 2024 def. Birmingham Thunderbolts 06, 12-5


2016


PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

West def. East, 2-0

18U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Rico def. California Cruisers-Sievers, 2-0

18U PLATINUM

Iowa Premier def. USA Athletics Gold, 2-0

16U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Conroy def. South Dakota Renegades, 3-2

16U PLATINUM

Firecrackers-Brashear def. Midwest Speed, 3-2

14U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Mercado/Smith def. Corona Angels-Tyson, 6-0

14U PLATINUM

Grapettes-Guevara def. Birmingham Thunderbolts-Dorsett, 2-0

12U PREMIER

Texas Sudden Impact def. Texas Impact Gold-Esparza, 6-1

10U PREMIER

Tennessee Mojo 2023 def. Intensity South TX, 11-3


2015


18U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Stith/Haning def. So Cal Athletics-Richardson, 7-0

18U PLATINUM

Firecrackers-Pasco def. Iowa Premier Gold, 3-2

16U PREMIER

Tampa Mustangs-TJ def. Beverly Bandits/Team DeMarini, 1-0

16U PLATINUM

Sparks Premier def. KC Peppers-Clinton, 5-3

14U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Campbell def. Georgia Impact-Lewis, 7-4

14U PLATINUM

Cal Nuggets Gold def. Nor Cal Dirt Dogs-Ybarra, 6-4

12U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Mascarenas def. So Cal Choppers 02-Gibson, 2-1

10U PREMIER

Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold def. Texas Chaos, 8-5


2014


18U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Stith/Haning def. Corona Angels-Tyson, 3-0

18U PLATINUM

OC Batbusters-Briggs def. Illinois Stars, 5-0

16U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Myers/McNee def. Beverly Bandits-Tyrrell, 2-1

16U PLATINUM

California Cruisers-Evans def. OC Batbusters-Alvarez, 11-3

14U PREMIER

Corona Angels-Tyson def. So Cal Athletics-Quarles, 7-1

14U PLATINUM

Courage-Weaver def. Cal Cruisers-Sievers, 9-1

12U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Mercado def. DirecTV Genies, 4-3


2013


18U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Richardson def. Team Mizuno-Stith, 3-2

18U PLATINUM

Strike Force-Guerra def. Central California Dirt Dogs, 10-0

16U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Tyrrell def. OC Batbusters-Myers, 2-0

14U PREMIER

Team Mizuno-Campbell def. OC Batbusters-McNee, 5-4

12U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Tidd/Ornelas def. AZ Suncats, 9-0


2012


18U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Richardson def. Worth Firecrackers, 5-4

16U PREMIER

Team Mizuno-Stith def. Corona Angels-Knighten, 5-1

14U PREMIER

Atlanta Vipers def. So Cal Athletics-Marinacci, 3-2

12U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Quarles def. Firecrackers-Roman, 8-2


2011


18U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Richardson def. Worth Firecrackers, 8-7

16U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Blanco def. Texas Glory-Naudin, 5-0

14U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-McNee def. Corona Angels-Knighten, 3-0


2010


18U PREMIER

So Ca Athletics-Richardson def. Texas Impact Gold, 4-2

16U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Myers def. Corona Angels-Howard, 6-4

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