Power Kresak Takes Cardinal Classic Championship

2012-07-01

{pop_team:2012:Kresak:14U}Pittsburgh Power Kresak{/pop_team:2012:Kresak:14U} won the 14U ASA Cardinal Classic in Moundsville, WV from 6/29-7/1. The girls battled to a 5-1-1 pool play record in the 98 degree heat on Friday and Saturday.

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After a pool play win on Sunday morning they rattled off 3 straight elimination game wins to take the title, including 2 come from behind victories in their last AB. For the weekend they finished 8-1-1. The outfield of LF {pop_player:Jordan:Porzio}Jordan Porzio{/pop_player:Jordan:Porzio}, CF {pop_player:Viktoria:Heiser}Viktoria Heiser{/pop_player:Viktoria:Heiser} and RF {pop_player:Ashley:Heavilin}Ashley Heavilin{/pop_player:Ashley:Heavilin} were difference makers as they tracked down everything in sight. The infield was just as solid all weekend with strong play from the corners ? 1B {pop_player:Maddisen:Kresak}Maddie Kresak{/pop_player:Maddisen:Kresak} and 3B {pop_player:Miranda:Klein}Miranda Klein{/pop_player:Miranda:Klein} ? and up the middle with SS {pop_player:Alexis:Cogis}Lexi Cogis{/pop_player:Alexis:Cogis}/{pop_player:Kelly:Flaherty}Kelly Flaherty{/pop_player:Kelly:Flaherty} and 2B {pop_player:Danna:Heh}Danna Heh{/pop_player:Danna:Heh}. Pitchers {pop_player:Penelope:Bauer}Penelope Bauer{/pop_player:Penelope:Bauer} and Kelly Flaherty carried the bulk of the load and pitched ?lights out.? C {pop_player:Mikayla:Bogaski}Mikayla Bogaski{/pop_player:Mikayla:Bogaski} and Lexi Cogis were great behind the plate with both throwing out runners at key times in the semis and finals. Power also received nice contributions in the field from 1B/3B {pop_player:Marina:Bowser}Marina Bowser{/pop_player:Marina:Bowser} who is diligently working her way back into form from a major knee injury. It was the bats however that did most of the damage as the Power girls racked up 40 hits in 3 pool play games.

In the quarterfinals they defeated a very good Pittsburgh Spirit-Marnik team 10-5. Down 5-3 entering the last inning, the girls began the first of two big comebacks. They showed why ?it?s not over until they decide it?s over.? Porzio started the rally with a line drive to left, followed by Heiser and Heh singles. Sandwiched between the singles were two excellent efforts by Flaherty and Heavilin to use their speed to load the bases. Cogis had a two run single, followed by a Kresak two-run double. Bogaski drove home Kresak with another double to the gap. The Power girls batted around in their 8-run 5th inning. Bauer pitched a perfect last inning to preserve the 10-5 victory. Heh, Kresak and Porzio were 3-4 while Viktoria Heiser finished 3-3.

In the semifinals, Power continued their winning ways with a thrilling come from behind 8-5 win over the top-seeded Renegades. The girls rebounded from a Saturday pool play loss to the Renegades. Flaherty pitched a great game to earn the win. Outstanding defense highlighted by a great running catch in RF by Heavilin and a great throw to toss out a runner at second by Bogaski stopped potential Renegade rallies. Down 5-4 in the top of the 7th, the Power girls were down to their final out. Flaherty started the two-out rally with a sneak bunt single. Consecutive singles on excellent hustle plays by Heiser and Heavilin loaded the bases. He?s clutch two-out single down the left field line scored two to give Power-Kresak the lead. Cogis followed it up with another two-run single to left field extending the lead to 8-5. It was a total team effort 1 through 11 as everyone contributed to this win.

Power hit their way to a victory in the championship versus a very good Tri-State Venom team. The Venom came fresh off a victory over the #2 seed Pittsburgh Spirit-Hess in the semis. The Cadillac was pulled out of the garage as Penelope Bauer held a high-scoring Venom team to 4 runs. Heh continued her outstanding weekend with a single to start the game which she did in an amazing 9 out of 10 games). A Bogaski triple to the fence in left scored two and Porzio scored Bogaski with a single to left. Power increased their lead to 9-4 in the 4th when Heiser took the wind out of the Venom?s sails with three outstanding catches in CF. One particular catch left the crowd speechless as Heiser immediately broke on a ball hit directly over her head and snags the ball over her shoulder while running full speed. You may never see a catch like that again in a 14U game. In the 7th Klein (2 hits) and Heiser (2 hits) continued their excellent day at the plate with consecutive run scoring singles to provide some breathing room to extend the lead to 7.

The girls wanted to thank their always loyal and supportive fans as well a great bunch of fans from {pop_team:2012:Sonson:14U}Team Sonson{/pop_team:2012:Sonson:14U} (led by Coach {pop_player:Demari:Garth}Demari Garth{/pop_player:Demari:Garth} and crew). Demari and a few parents cheered us on all day. Your support was greatly appreciated and it meant a lot to the girls, coaches and fans.