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Softball: PA Strikers Make Statement at PGF 14U Nationals (8/2/18)

Corona Angels-Tyson celebrates ints 4-1 win over OC Batbusters-Campbell at the PGF 14U Premier Nationals on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

PA Strikers National Team who?

People won’t be saying that anymore after the Strikers stole the show with a huge 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Joshua Fisher’s Georgia Impact in the fourth round of the winner’s bracket at the PGF 14U Premier Nationals on Thursday evening at Huntington Beach Sports Complex

Louisiana Lafayette-commit Cecilia Vasquez of Diamond Sports Hotshots-Nelson. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

The Strikers found themselves in an 11-6 hole after five innings before rallying for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the Impact, 11-11. Marissa Rapino and Taylor Posner had RBI singles, then, with the bases loaded, a series of throwing errors allowed three runs to score to tie the game at 11-11.

Brianna Peck led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, but once again an error proved to be the Impact’s downfall. Drexel-commit Acelynn Sellers was the next batter and she laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded cleanly by the pitcher and thrown by the first baseman, allowing Peck to score the game-winner.

“We have so much dedication in this group,” said Sellers, who also pitched a scoreless top of the seventh in relief. “We believein ourselves and are so motivated to lay it all out on the field no matter what the score is, so none of us were surprised that we came back the way that we did.”

Posner ended up going 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, Sellers went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBI and Rapino went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI to power the Strikers.

“We’ve come so far when few expected us to,” Peck said. “We believe in ourselves and our goal is to go as far as we can and no matter what happens to know that we showed that we will fight to the end.”

The Strikers face Nathan Nelson’s Diamond Sports Hotshots on Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Boise State-commit Savannah Adams of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Iowa State-commit Angelina Allen drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run and Boise State-commit Savannah Adams added a two-run single as Marty Tyson’s Corona Angels rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a 4-1 victory over Mark Campbell’s OC Batbusters in the fourth round of the winner’s bracket.

Tai Wilson went 4 for 4 with a run scored, Olivia Silvestre went 2 for 3 with a run and two RBI, UCLA-commit Caitlyn Newburn went 2 for 2 with a double, a run and an RBI, Jenissa Conway went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Abbie Lee went 2 for 3 with a run to lead Sorcerer-Schroll’s 15-hit attack in a 7-1 win that knocked Iowa Premier into the loser’s bracket.

Sorcerer takes on the Corona Angels on Friday at 10:15 a.m.

In the other fourth round winner’s bracket game, Oklahoma-committed lefty Savannah Geurin tossed a one-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts to help Nelson’s Diamond Sports Hotshots defeat Troy Falterman’s Diamond Sports Hotshots, 2-0.


In Winner’s Bracket third-round games:


Sorcerer-Schroll 6, Southeast Intensity-KOD 3: Hailey Painter went 2 for 2 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI, Newburn connected on a two-run home run and Wilson, Caroline Allman and Lee had two hits apiece for Sorcerer.

Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Iowa Premier 2, South Dakota Renegades 1: Heidi Wheeler walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, took second on Avarie Eagle’s sacrifice before stealing third and home to give Iowa Premier the walk-off win.

Corona Angels-Tyson 5, OC Batbusters-Stith 4: Allen had an RBI triple and scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Angels a two-run lead in the top of the eighth and Tennessee-commit Lair Beautae threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth to help the Angels preserve the victory.

OC Batbusters-Campbell 8, Athletics-Mercado/Angulo 2: Alexis Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, Desiree Marin went 2 for 2 with a run and two RBI and Kaylah Nelson, Kayla Chavez and Olivia Gigante had two hits apiece for the Batbusters.

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman 9, Corona Angels-Perez 2: LSU-commit Maci Bergeron went 2 for 2 with a double and three RBI, Louisiana Lafayette-commit Kayla Falterman went 2 for 4 with two runs and Amanda Allen drove in two runs to lift the Hotshots.

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Nelson 2, So Cal Choppers-Fausett 0: Madison Applebee threw 4.1 innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts to get the win and Geurin tossed 2.2 hitless innings with three strikeouts to record the save for the Hotshots.

Cal-commit Jordin King of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Georgia Impact-Fisher 10, Illinois Chill 3: South Carolina-commit Brionna Condon went 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI, South Carolina-commit Caydra Parker went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, LSU-commit Jadyn Laneaux went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI and Georgia-commit Jaydyn Goodwin went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI for the Impact.

PA Strikers 6, Mizuno Storm-Mathis 2: Morgan Farthing went 2 for3 with a homer and two RBI, Sellers went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Kayla Tauber went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI for the Strikers.

NOTE: After losing to Corona Angels-Tyson, 7-1, on Wednesday evening, Athletics-Mercado/Greg beat Lady Lightning Gold, 8-2, on Wednesday night before beating Tennesee Fury, 5-1, South Dakota Renegades, 10-8, and Beverly Bandits-Allen, 9-4, on Thursday to stay alive in the loser’s bracket. The Athletics get OC Batbusters-Campbell on Friday at 8 a.m.

“Timely hitting is fueling this team and our five come-from-behind wins,” Athletics-Mercado coach Greg Borzilleri said. “Big home runs from Kayla Lyon, Jaelynn Eaves, Zoe Karam and Jade Ignacio and key hitting from Kaila Pollard, Kiki Estrada, Rose Cano and Bella Mejia. This team is hitting up and down the lineup. This is all backed up by an absolute dominant pitching performance by Stevie Hansen.”


PGF NATIONALS SCORBOARD


THURSDAY, AUG. 2, RESULTS


14U PREMIER


WINNER’S BRACKET A


THIRD ROUND


Olivia Gigante of OC Batbusters-Campbell. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Sorcerer-Schroll 6, Southeast Intensity-KOD 3

Iowa Premier 2, Souh Dakota Renegades 1

Corona Angels-Tyson 5, OC Batbusters-Stith 4

OC Batbusters-Campbell 8, Athletics-Mercado/Angulo 2


FOURTH ROUND


Sorcerer-Schroll 7, Iowa Premier 1

Corona Angels-Tyson 4, OC Batbusters-Campbell 1


WINNER’S BRACKET B


THIRD ROUND


Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman 9, Corona Angels-Perez 2

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Nelson 2, So Cal Choppers-Fausett 0

Georgia Impact ’03-Fisher 10, Illinois Chill 3

PA Strikers 6, Mizuno Storm-Mathis 2


FOURTH ROUND


Louisiana Lafayette-commit Samantha Landry of Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Nelson 2, Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman 0

PA Strikers 12, Georgia Impact-Fisher 11


LOSER’S BRACKET A


THIRD ROUND


Birmingham Thunderbolts ’03-Barron 10, Firecrackers-Brashear/Lutterloh 9

DeMarini Aces 14, Irvine Sting 0

American Freedom 6, Texas Bombers 1

East Cobb Bullets-Biele 3, Impact Gold 2


FOURTH ROUND


Oklahoma-commit Savannah Geurin of Diamond Sports Hotshots-Nelson. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Beverly Bandits-Allen 9, Firecrackers-Brashear/Oakes 3

Athletics-Mercado/Greg 5, Tennessee Fury 1

DeMarini Aces 4, Birmingham Thunderbolts ’03-Barron 3

East Cobb Bullets-Biele 7, American Freedom 3


FIFTH ROUND


Beverly Bandits-Allen 6, Southeast Intensity-KOD 2

Athletics-Mercado/Greg 10, South Dakota Renegades 8

DeMarini Aces 5, OC Batbusters-Stith 1

East Cobb Bullets-Biele 4, Athletics-Mercado/Angulo 1


SIXTH ROUND


Athletics-Mercado/Greg 9, Beverly Bandits-Allen 4

East Cobb Bullets-Biele 4, DeMarini Aces 0


LOSER’S BRACKET B


THIRD ROUND


Maryland-commit Kendall Mangel of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

East Cobb Bullets ’04-Mayfield 5, Georgia Impact-Gusaeff 1

Oklahoma Athletics 12, Firecrackers-Brashear/Thornburg 9

Panthers Gold 8, Texas Blaze-Bonola 3

California Breeze-Birch 4, Firescrackers-Brashear/Allan 2

Texas Blaze Futures 9, So Cal Athletics-Berouty 2

Tennessee Mojo 9, Beverly Bandits-Harkness 1

OC Tigers 3, Beverly Bandits-Helbling 2

Firecrackers SD Brashear 1, West Bay Warriors 0


FOURTH ROUND


East Cobb Bullets ’04-Mayfield 6, Oklahoma Athletics 1

Panthers Gold 2, California Breeze-Birch 0

Tennessee Mojo 6, Texas Blaze Futures 3

OC Tigers 9, Firecrackers SD Brashear 3


FIFTH ROUND


East Cobb Bullets ’04-Mayfield 12, Corona Angels-Perez 10

So Cal Choppers-Fausett 2, Panthers Gold 1

Tennessee Mojo 5, Illinois Chill 1

Mizuno Storm-Mathis 2, OC Tigers 1


SIXTH ROUND


So Cal Choppers-Fausett 8, East Cobb Bullets ’04-Mayfield 0

Mizuno Storm-Mathis 4, Tennessee Mojo 2

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