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MISSION VALLEY SOFTBALL PLAYERS AT WESTERN WORLD SERIES
July 25, 2014Northwest Montana A Conference
Mission Valley softball players go batty at
18U Western World Series in San Diego
by John Heglie
A pair of Mission Valley area softball players, Polson’s Hannah Potter and Ronan’s McKenzie Dulmes, accompanied their 18U ASA state champion MT Avalanche (White) team on a trip to San Diego this past week (13-19 July 2014) to participate in the Triple Crown Sports 18U Western World Series (TCSWWS). NWA Frenchtown Lady Bronc twice Montana Gatorade Player of the Year Morgan “No-No Mo” Ray is also an integral member of their roster along with future Lady Griz four-time all-state catcher Dani Walker of Deer Lodge, “Road Warrior” Lauren Petroff-Wolfe, who commutes from Miles City to Missoula each weekend to play for the MTAvs, as well as a host of other softball talents. Like many softball tournaments, the TCSWWS utilized a pool play format to determine seedings as well as evaluate which teams would be then routed to either the gold bracket or silver bracket. The MTAvs were assigned to the H Pool, where they faced competition drawn from the outskirts of large metropolitan areas from the states of Arizona, California and Utah. They tied their first pool play game 3-3 against the Queen Creek (AZ) QC LadyCats, a team from the outskirts of Mesa and Phoenix that would eventually emerge as the top seed out of the H Pool. In their following game they came out on the short end of a 6-2 score against the Corona Xpress 18 Gold, a team east of the vicinity of Los Angeles. In their third game, the San Diego based SD Legacy blue out of Chula Vista blanked the visitors from Montana 10-0, an outcome that perhaps suggests that several on the team are not the early morning oriented type who can coax their still waking biorhythms to fire on all cylinders so shortly after the sun has risen. But in their final pool play game of the schedule, the MTAvs flipped the script from the previous loss by routing the Layton-based Utah Outbreak 10-0, a team that resides northwest of Salt Lake City. Potter went 1-2 with an RBI in that contest. That gave the MTAvs a 1-2-1 pool play record, which would relegate them to the silver bracket competition.
In the opening round of bracket play, the MTAvs couldn’t get over the Hype 6-1, the loss against the Sacramento area team dropping them into the consolation rounds. Dulmes went 1-3 with a triple in the loss. At this juncture of the tournament with five games under their belts, Dulmes was smacking the ball at a .454 clip and Potter was batting a solid .333 average. But then the Big Sky Country of Montana softball representatives busted out their bats by blanking the San Diego Rowdies 8-0, followed by another 8-0 shutout against San Leandro based Young Guns Akadema from the east bay area south of Oakland. Dulmes went 1-2 against the Rowdies with a double and an RBI. Potter batted 2-2 against the Young Guns with a pair of doubles and a trio of RBIs. But despite their gathering momentum, it was not enough to carry them past their next engagement against the San Diego Elite out of Imperial Beach, who nipped the MT Avs 6-5 in a tight contest. Dulmes batted 1-3 in that finale with an extra base double and an RBI. Inclusive of both pool play as well as bracket play games, the MTAvs posted a 3-4-1 overall record at the TCSWWS with a run differential of 37-31 tilting slightly in their favor. Both the Polson Lady Pirates as well as the Ronan Maidens spring softball teams will benefit from the boost in competitive edge acquired by both Potter and Dulmes from such a valuable summer softball experience.
stat specs courtesy of Todd & Jackie White of the 19U MTAvs
NOTE TO READERS: A printed rendition of this article entitled “18U girls play in CA series” is featured with the 24th July 2014 issue of the Lake County LEADER B1-2.