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Worth '96 Wins Triple Play NSA Qualifier

June 8, 2010
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Team Worth ’96 recently participated in the 9th Annual Triple Play NSA Qualifier at Triple Creek Park in Gallatin, Tennessee and came away the undefeated tournament champions. The girls executed very well all day in the one-day event. Their coaches were very impressed with their efforts in the first tournament of the spring.

We also appreciated the assistance of our two guest players for the weekend, Rowan Turner and Kailey Whitehead of the Tennessee Diamonds ’95 roster. Rowan and Kailey played very well in all four games filling in for our two regulars that were still involved in their school ball seasons.

Sarah got us started off on the right foot with three hitless innings pitched and Rowan closed the game out to secure a 3-2 victory over Xplosion (McNeil) to begin our 2010 campaign. Highlights included big hits from Nicole and Katie. Next up was the hard-hitting Clarksville Envy. Taylor pitched 5 solid innings in route to the 7-6 victory. Nicole added two more big hits in this game as well.

Raygan pitched against the Nashville Cruisers in the winner’s bracket final, and brought her “A” game in the process. She threw 6 innings of 2-hit scoreless ball and struck out eight in route to a 1-0 victory. Katie continued her torrid hitting for the weekend (.556 batting avg. for the tournament) with two hits in this game as well.

The Cruisers worked their way back to Worth ’96 for the championship. Taylor struck out five over the first six innings and the Worth girls took the early lead on doubles by Sarah in the 2nd and Raygan in the 3rd. Worth added another run in the 5th when Raygan led off with another double, was sacrificed to third on Diana’s bunt and scored on Katie’s RBI single. The sixth inning added more fireworks when Kailey walked, Whitney singled, Raygan doubled for a third time and Taylor, Katie and Sarah each had successive singles. Four more runs were tallied as Team Worth ’96 took a 7-3 lead into the 7th inning. The Cruisers still had a lot left though and scratched back to a 7-6 score. Raygan relieved Taylor in the 7th and pitched her way through the tough Cruiser lineup, striking out the last two to secure the 7-6 championship game victory.

All four victories were by one run and the coaches really appreciated how well all of the girls played in the clutch. One run games are quite common in 14u ball and a premium is placed on execution in the clutch. If this event is any indication, we have a very exciting summer ahead of us!

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