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PGF Nationals Preview: 16U Premier Primer (7/30/18)

Beverly Bandits-Ketelhut celebrates its 10-1 triumph over Athletics-Mercado/Smith in the PGF 14U Premier national championship game on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

The Beverly Bandits have one of the top softball organizations in the nation.

The Bandits have nationally competitive teams in every age group, but they really own the 16U Premier Division. The Bandits organization has sent a team to the PGF 16U Premier national title game the past five years, winning three of them.

The Bandits will have four teams competing in the 16U Premier Division at PGF Nationals this week at Fountain Valley Sportspark.

Jen Tyrrell, who led the Bandits to a PGF national championship in 2013, has the top Bandit team this year, which includes top tier prospects such as Washington-committed 3B/2B Stormy Kotzelnick, Florida State-committed CF/UT Hallie Wacaser, Auburn-committed OF/UT Jaylin Calvert, Alabama-committed SS/2B Bailey Dowling and Northwestern-committed P/IF Lauren Boyd.

“Our goal is to win this tournament,” Tyrrell said, “and we will give it our best to win every day. We have a tough draw, but we have won once, finished second once and finished top 10 multiple times, but we have the best team we have ever brought here.”

Athletics-Mercado is one of the other top contenders and they are in the same bracket with Tyrrell’s Bandits.

“This team will be led by (LMU-commit) Shannyn Bustamante, (Ole Miss-commit) Landyn Bruce and (Ole Miss-commit) Aynslie Furbush) in the circle,” Athletics-Mercado coach Mark Smith said. “Bustamante is coming off back-to-back national championship runs with (Athletics-)Mercado/Smith.”

Bustamante has a lot of experience pitching at the 18U level, so that will come in handy for the Athletics, who have Minnesota-committed C Sara Kinch behind the dish and hitting in the middle of the lineup. Ole Miss-commit Jessica Acosta, Oklahoma-commit Alex Whitman and Ole Miss-commit Kelly Glenn will also provide offense for the Athletics.

The Birmingham Thunderbolts organization is strong in 16U with Keith Dorsett’s Bolts and Jay Roberson’s Bolts. Dorsett’s Bolts feature P Shelby Lowe, OF/1B Maddie Majors and SS/2B/CF Carlee McCondichie, who have all committed to Auburn, Army-committed P/OF Alicyn Grete and Mississippi State-committed OF Brylie St. Clair.

Roberson’s Bolts are led by Alabama-committed P/DH Jaala Torrence, Oklahoma State-committed SS/2B/P Annabelle Widra, Auburn-committed C/1B Aubrie Lisenby, Central Florida-committed 1B/C Gracie Price, LSU-committed SS/2B/OF Kaylen Madrey, Washington-committed CF Lilly Agan, Virginia-committed P/1B Madison Harris, Dartmouth-committed OF Natalie Hurdle and Mississippi State-committed 3B/SS Taylor Middlebrook.

Dena Slye’s Corona Angels look like a solid contender with the big bats of Arizona State-commit Cydney Sanders and Fresno State-commit Keahilele, the speed of Caliyah Thompson and Rylie West, who have both committed to Tennessee, and UCLA-committed P Savannah Hooks.

Former NFL player TJ Houshmandzadeh’s Firecrackers are an interesting team that could surprise people. TJ’s team features LSU-committed speedster Kennedi Houshmandzadeh, power-hitting C/3B Rachel Allen, who has committed to Notre Dame, powerful Lauryn Carter and Michigan-commit Ryleigh Carricaburu.

Sean Brashear led his Firecrackers to a third-place finish in the PGF 18U Premier Nationals last week and he has another contender in 16U. The Firecrackers are led by Oregon State-committed P Sierra Tufts, Cal State Northridge-committed 3B Shayla Thomas and 1B/3B America Ramirez and OF/1B Bailey Wallace, who have both committed to Cal State Fullerton.

“Our teams will need to be able to handle this environment and if we get quality innings from the rotations,” said Brashear, who also has teams playing the 14U Premier Division this week. “We have some very good offensive talent on these teams.”

So Cal Athletics-Briggs have had a strong summer and will be a team to be reckoned with. The A’s are led by Arizona State-committed OF Brenna Begin, Pacifica-committed P Amiyah Aponte, UC Riverside-committed SS Marissa Burk, Colorado State-committed P/1B Sydney Hornbuckle, Maryland-committed CF Megan Mikami and Mercer-committed 1B Sarah Taylor.

Tennessee Fury Platinum could be a team that makes some noise. The Fury’s roster features LSU-committed P/1B Sydney Berzon, Florida State-committed C/SS Kalei Harding, Alabama-committed CF Jenna Johnson, Tennessee-committed SS/C Josie Willingham and 1B/3B Kyah Keller-Smith and LF Alia Logoleo, who both committed to Clemson.

Iowa Premier brings a solid team with Auburn-committed C/SS Jesse Blaine, Creighton-committed P/1B Jena Lawrence, Michigan-committed SS/UT Ella McVey and Drake-committed P/OF Emma Richards.

After a strong run at PGF 18U Premier Nationals last week, Jersey Intensity-KOD’s 16U team will try get something going this week. Jersey Intensity is led by Boston College-committed P Jessica Rooney, Notre Dame-committed C/2B Mikayla Laplaca and Fordham-committed 1B/3B Julia Petrovich.


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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