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PGF Nationals Preview: 14U Premier Primer (7/28/19)

Marty Tyson’s Corona Angels won the PGF 14U Premier national championship in 2018. Photo/USA Today.

Marty Tyson’s Corona Angels organization has had tremendous success at the PGF Nationals, especially at the 14U Premier level.

The Corona Angels have reached the 14U Premier finals five times, winning national titles last year and in 2014. Once again, the Corona Angels have the talent to make another deep run at the PGF 14U Premier Nationals July 31-Aug. 4 in Orange County, CA.

The Corona Angels have had many standout pitchers over the years and their ace this summer is 2022 right-hander Key-Annah Pu’A, who went 10-9 with a 1.66 ERA, two no-hitters and 170 strikeouts in 118.1 innings at Nipomo, CA, High during her freshman season.

“We will go as she goes,” Tyson said of his star pitcher.

The Corona Angels always rely on speed on offense and the “motor” of this year’s squad is Katelyn Cadena.

“We’re peaking as a ball club,” Tyson said. “The draw and some luck will be a factor.”

One of the top contenders from the Southeast is Birmingham Thunderbolts-Flannery. The Bolts have a highly-touted trio of right-handed prospects with LSU-commit Alea Johnson, Auburn-commit Emmah Rolfe and uncommitted 2022 Madison Inscoe. “All three pitchers throw in the 60s and can mix speeds,” Bolts coach Ted Flannery said. “They work together as a staff so well because they all bring something a little different to the team.” Offensively, the Bolts have Florida-commit Samantha Roe, who is one of the top 2020s in the nation with speed and power to all fields, Neely Taylor, a speedy slapper who can also hit away, Hannah Dorsett and Ashley Phillips.

“We continue to improve every tournament but we have not yet played our best ball,” Bolts coach Tedd Flannery said. “A strong third-place finish at TCS Nationals gives us momentum heading into PGF and we know that we are one of the six-eight teams that have a good shot to win it all. We feel we have the best pitching staff in the country and our defense has been outstanding. We need to continue to hit the ball and do so with runners in scoring position.”

Georgia Impact-C. Lewis should be a factor at PGF. Georgia Impact has a trio of top pitchers with Katelyn Flanders, a fierce right-handed competitor wih excellent control, Karley Fuller, who has great control and an amazing change-up, and Sydney Langdon, a flame thrower clocked in the mid-60s that can dominate with her speed and drop ball. The offense features Auburn-committed power hitter Kyla Stroud, Gracyn Tucker, a strong gap hitter, and Bella Morton, a multi-talented lefty slapper with speed that can also hit for power.

Georgia Impact-Barfield is another stro g team from the Impact organization. The Impact has a quartet of right-handers with Bailey Holland, who has great spin and control of her pitches, Ryley Kutter, a 6-footer who pounds the strike zone, Caroline Conner, a 6-footer with impressive spin and mix of speeds, and Reagan Dunagan, who has great velocity, rise and change-up. Liberty-committed C Alana Crenshaw, one of the team’s strongest hitters, MIF/OF Alana Griffith, a leader and motivator, OF Bailee Brown, a lefty slapper with speed, and SS Avery Barton, a gifted athlete with power and speed.

“We’ve seen some great strides over the last few months, I believe we are peaking at the right time,” Georgia Impact coach Jack Barfield said. “We’ve spent more time on the practice field than at tournaments late in the year. We feel the practice is paying off better than playing time and competing against each other has made us have a closer bond. (We have to) control the things we can control and take each game one pitch at a time. Emotions will be high with every team. The teams that handle the emotions best will stand out. This team plays best when we win the energy battle. If we can play with intensity while controlling our emotions, we stand a great chance of making a deep run.”

Ryan Taylor’ Aces Fastpitch Club (formerly the DeMarini Aces) is strong in every age group and the 12U club should be in the mix at PGF. The Aces rely on a pair of pitchers with southpaw Taylor Pannell, who has good up spin and a change-up, and RHP Paitlyn Engemann, a power pitcher who attacks the zone. SS Syd Malott, a stong hitter that anchors the defense, and MIF Lexi McDaniel, who is second on the team in RBIs, are two of the Aces top players.

The Beverly Bandits organization is always in contention and William Harkness’ Bandits should be in the mix. The Bandits feature RHP Audrey Lowry and RHP Sage Mardjetko in the circle and their top hitters are Gabi Comia and Emma Lotus.

“Playing in the (Boulder) IDT and the USA Elite Nationals these past few weeks have prepared for the type of competition we will be facing next week,” Harkness said. “We need to focus on doing the little things right and executing in critical situations to be successful and we need the softball gods looking down a few times to make a deep run.”


PGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LINEAGE


ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS

2018 PGF NATIONALS

PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

West 4, East 2 (West leads the all-time series, 2-1)

18U PREMIER

Georgia Impact-Lewis 6, OC Batbusters-Stith 4

18U PLATINUM

Firecrackers North-Thomas 7, USA Athletics Gold 0

16U PREMIER

Birmingham Thunderbolts-Dorsett 4, Athletics-Mercado 1

16U PLATINUM

Tampa Mustangs-Walford 5, Breakers Labs Blue 2

14U PREMIER

Corona Angels-Tyson 9, Sorcerer-Schroll 2

14U PLATINUM

Northwest Bullets-Rice 7, OC Batbusters-Garcia 1

12U PREMIER

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

12U PLATINUM

Cal Cruisers-Caouette 5, OC Batbusters-Garcia 4

10U PREMIER

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

2017 PGF NATIONALS

PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

East 7, West 4

18U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Conroy 2, Corona Angels-Tyson 0

18U PLATINUM

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

16U PREMIER

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

16U PLATINUM

Firecrackers UT-Rollin 7, Birmingham Thunderbolts-01 4

14U PREMIER

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

14U PLATINUM

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

12U PREMIER

Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold 5, Georgia Impact-Langston 1

10U PREMIER

Fury-2024 12, Birmingham Thunderbolts-06 5

2016 PGF NATIONALS

PGF HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GAME

West 2, East 0

18U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Rico 2, California Cruisers-Sievers 0

18U PLATINUM

Iowa Premier 2, USA Athletics Gold 0

16U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Conroy 3, South Dakota Renegades 2

16U PLATINUM

Firecrackers-Brashear 3, Midwest Speed 2

14U PREMIER

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

14U PLATINUM

Grapettes-Guevara 2, Birmingham Thunderbolts-Dorsett 0

12U PREMIER

Texas Sudden Impact 6, Texas Impact Gold-Esparza 1

10U PREMIER

Tennessee Mojo-2023 11, Intensity South TX 3

2015 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

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

18U PLATINUM

Firecrackers-Pasco 3, Iowa Premier Gold 2

16U PREMIER

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

16U PLATINUM

Sparks Premier 5, KC Peppers-Clinton 3

14U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Campbell 7, Georgia Impact-Lewis 4

14U PLATINUM

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

12U PREMIER

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

10U PREMIER

Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold 8, Texas Chaos 5

2014 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

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

18U PLATINUM

OC Batbusters-Briggs 5, Illinois Stars 0

16U PREMIER

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

16U PLATINUM

California Cruisers-Evans 11, OC Batbusters-Alvarez 3

14U PREMIER

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

14U PLATINUM

Courage-Weaver 9, Cal Cruisers-Sievers 1

12U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Mercado 4, DirecTV Genies 3

2013 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

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

18U PLATINUM

Strike Force-Guerra 10, Central California Dirt Dogs 0

16U PREMIER

Beverly Bandits-Tyrrell 2, OC Batbusters-Myers 0

14U PREMIER

Team Mizuno-Campbell 5, OC Batbusters-McNee 4

12U PREMIER

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

2012 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 5, Worth Firecrackers 4

16U PREMIER

Team Mizuno-Stith 5, Corona Angels-Knighten 1

14U PREMIER

Atlanta Vipers 3, So Cal Athletics-Marinacci 2

12U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Quarles 8, Firecrackers-Roman 2

2011 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 8, Worth Firecrackers 7

16U PREMIER

Firecrackers-Blanco 5, Texas Glory-Naudin 0

14U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-McNee 3, Corona Angels-Knighten 0

2010 PGF NATIONALS

18U PREMIER

So Ca Athletics-Richardson 4, Texas Impact Gold 2

16U PREMIER

OC Batbusters-Myers 6, Corona Angels-Howard 4

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