Frey 14U Sweeps Tri-State Warm-up
The Power Frey team kicked off its 2010 campaign in style going undefeated to win the ASA Tri-State Warm-up tournament in Beaver, PA March 15th and 16th. The tournament?s format - 7 pool games followed by a face-off between the top two teams - meant that every game counted and a team?s stamina and pitching depth would make a difference.
Tiffany Edwards took the circle in the first game against the Silver Creek Starz ? Altmyer. The Power bats, still sleeping a bit in the first inning, came alive in the second with a towering home run over the left field fence from Sierra Sarver. Keeley Foor, Bre Lent, Jordan Seneca and Hannah McNulty scored in the third and, in the 6th inning, Hannah, Christine Scherer and Erin Hershman pushed Jordan home again to add an insurance run. The defense showed signs of things to come turning two double plays in the 6-0 victory.
Power then faced the Ohio Blast - Davis. Unlike the first game of the day, Power came out swinging with a string of hits from Christine, Erin, Sierra, Tiffany and Janelle Allison scoring three. Keeley, Bre, Emily Hogan, Jordan and Erin reached in the second inning and, combined with a wild pitch and a passed ball, all 5 scored. Power added a 9th run in the 3rd with Jill Dunn rounding the bases on a deep fly ball that was misplayed by the Blast left fielder. Power scored another 2 in the fourth inning giving Keeley the 11-0 run-rule win.
After a short break, Power was back at it to take on the Pittsburgh Pride - Crilley with Jill taking the circle. Power scored in the bottom of the first stringing together a single by Jordan, a bunt by Hannah and productive at bats by Christine and Erin. Power added two in the second inning with Jill driving in Emily and Bre scoring on a wild pitch during Janelle?s at bat. Power held off scoring threats in the third and added another two runs with Christine driving in Jordan and Erin driving in Christine to bring the score to 5-0. The Pride offense came to life in the fifth inning stringing together a triple and double to score 1. Power added another three in the 6th on singles by Sierra, Hogan and Bre who all later scored. Time was called at the end of the inning to seal the 8-1 victory.
Power then took on their fourth and final opponent of the day, the Diamond Stars. After shutting down the Diamond Stars 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Power put a run across the plate with a string of singles from Jordan, Hannah and Erin. After a quiet second inning, Power picked up the pace in the third with a single by Jordan, a double from Christine and singles from Erin and Emily scoring three. Jill added another run in the fourth on a double by Keeley and Erin added another in the fifth scoring on an Emily single. Bre and Tiffany put the finishing touches on the game scoring on a double from Jill ending the game 8-0 in the 6th. Again, the Power defense was strong allowing only three Diamond Star base runners.
Sunday morning brought Power?s next opponent, a tough Blazers team from Brampton, Ontario. Brampton started quickly putting together three singles with an early morning error to score one in the top of the first. Like the day before, the Power bats were quiet for the first three innings but, fortunately, the defense was wide awake and Brampton was held in check. Finally, in the fourth inning, the Power bats went to work with Hannah, Christine and Erin combining to score one. The fifth and sixth innings were clinics on defensive play with both teams performing flawlessly. The deciding seventh inning was as good as it gets with each team bringing the top of their lineups to the plate. Brampton threatened with a tough to handle infield hit followed up by a single to center field. The Power D tightened and put down the threat with a fly out to deep left field. Now it was Power?s turn. Jordan singled and Hannah advanced her to second on a perfect drag bunt she beat out for the single. Christine took her count to 3-1 and put the next pitch to left center for a walk-off double giving Keeley her second win of the tournament with the 2-1 final score.
Next up was Shaler Heat. Hannah doubled in the top of the first but was stranded. Jill took the circle for Power and made the first two outs with a put out and a strikeout. Shaler then put together a walk and a single to put a runner in scoring position. The next batter then hit a single to right but a great relay from Janelle to Jordan to Christine ended the inning with the third out at the plate. Power then went to work with singles by Sierra, Tiffany, Janelle and Keeley scoring two. Shaler went down quietly in the third but Power wasn?t done - scoring three on singles by Jordan and Hannah, a two base error on a fly to left by Christine and a triple to right center by Erin. Shaler scored another in the fourth on an errant throw but Power responded in the bottom of the inning with Emily and Bre scoring two to bring the score to 8-1. Shaler strung together two singles, a double, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt to score 3 in the top of the fifth. Power added two batted in by Jill and Keeley before time expired resulting in a 10-4 win.
After a game off, Power came back for its final pool game against the Valley Rage. Tiffany took the circle and pitched a two hit shutout for an 8-0 final score. Power put three on the board in the first stringing together a walk by Jordan with a drag bunt single by Hannah and a double by Christine. Bre then drove in Christine with a hard shot that got through the Rage shortstop. Jill reached on a fielder?s choice and was driven home by Jordan in the second. Power added another four when Bre opened the bottom of the fourth with a double. Tiffany followed up with a hard shot that eluded the Rage first baseman. Janelle reached on a walk. Jill, Keeley and Hannah all had singles that cashed in runs. Jordon?s RBI finished the scoring for the inning and ended the game under the run rule.
Now 7-0 in the tournament and the number one seed, Power would again see the Pittsburgh Pride which had earlier clinched the second seed by defeating the Valley Rage. The Power bats were quiet for the first two innings with only Hannah and Christine reaching base. Keeley took the circle for her third game of the tournament and while giving up three singles in the first and third innings, the Power defense ended both threats with key second outs at the plate followed up by clutch strikeouts to end both innings. In the bottom of the third, Power went to work with Keeley starting the offensive with a walk. Jordan scored Keeley on a double to center field. Jordan was then advanced and driven in by Hannah and Christine respectively making it a 2-0 ballgame. Power added another run in the fourth when Bre walked and later scored on a double by Janelle. Pride cla