Herron 14U Fights to the Championship at Indoor Winter Jam Tournament in Morgantown, WV



{pop_team:2013:Herron:14U}Pittsburgh Power Herron 14U{/pop_team:2013:Herron:14U} kicked off the 2013 ?Refuse to Lose Tour? in Morgantown, WV at the TFM Rebel?s Indoor Winter Jam Tournament. This tournament consisted of 14 teams from 7 states, and the participants were top teams in their respective areas. With three new players on the roster this year and this being the first tournament for the Power Herron squad, the coaches went into this tournament hoping to just be competitive. These 13 year old girls were thinking beyond that -- Championship.

On Saturday, Power Herron started pool play with a loss to the Lady Lasers Purple where nerves were still settling in. In the second pool game, these girls settled in and started playing their game by defeating Diamond Chix Gold 6-5 and following up with a mercy rule performance against Stafford Surge. Power Herron was 2-1 in pool play with a number 2 seed in their respective pool.

On Championship Sunday, Power Herron started the day against a familiar Amherst Lighting team. In the first inning, {pop_player:Madison:DeRubbo}Madison DeRubbo{/pop_player:Madison:DeRubbo} was walked then scored by a double from {pop_player:Amber:Falletta}Amber Falletta{/pop_player:Amber:Falletta}. Falletta scored from second on a single from {pop_player:Emma:Keilly}Emma Keilly{/pop_player:Emma:Keilly}. In the second inning, {pop_player:Marissa:McGinness}Marissa McGinness{/pop_player:Marissa:McGinness} scored the tying run with a double from {pop_player:Linsay:Kalup}Lindsay Kalup{/pop_player:Linsay:Kalup}. {pop_player:Alysa:Fairman}Alysa Fairman{/pop_player:Alysa:Fairman} pitched four solid innings giving up 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. After being out of the game 4 innings due to illness, {pop_player:Laken:Ryen}Laken Ryen{/pop_player:Laken:Ryen} was substituted into what would be the last inning of the game. In relief, Ryen walked the first two batters to put herself in a jam, then she struckout 2 of the next 3 batters to get out of the inning with no runs allowed. In the bottom half of the last inning, Ryen started with a single. After stealing a base, Ryen was moved to third with a sacrifice hit by {pop_player:Jackie:Langer}Jackie Langer{/pop_player:Jackie:Langer}. With the winning run on third, DeRubbo sealed the deal with a suicide squeeze bunt up the first base line.

In the quarterfinals, Power Herron started putting everything together against a solid TFM Rebels team. Power Herron went up 4-0 in the second inning with a two RBI double from {pop_player:Rayann:Herron}Rayann Herron{/pop_player:Rayann:Herron} and a RBI single from Kalup. In the third inning, the Rebels battled back with 2 runs, but Power would answer with 1 run from Langer. The Rebels would hold Power Herron scoreless for the next two innings, but they could not overpower the great pitching performance from Ryen and the solid defense behind her. Power Herron wins 5-3 in 5 innings of play to secure a spot in the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Power Herron faced the Diamond Chix Gold for the second time during the weekend. All of the scoring would happen in the first inning and cause the game to go in an International Tie Breaker. In the first inning, the Chix scored off of a passed ball that went out of play. Power would answer with an RBI single from Falletta to score Fairman from third. After the first inning, the Power and Chix defenses took over. In the top of the seventh inning, the Chix had an opportunity to score with a hit to {pop_player:Sydney:Flinn}Sydney Flinn{/pop_player:Sydney:Flinn} in left field, but Flinn had different ideas by throwing out the runner at home to keep the game tied at 1. Through 7 innings in this defensive duel, Power Herron left 11 runners on base versus the Chix 3 runners. Ryen pitched 7 solid innings keeping her best lined up for the 8th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, the Chix ended up with runners on second and third with no outs. Ryen struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning with no runs. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Fairman hit a single to move {pop_player:Kari:Vojtash}Kari Vojtash{/pop_player:Kari:Vojtash} to third. With the game winning run on third, Langer hits a fake bunt single between first and second base to seal the victory in extra innings and go onto the Championship Game.

In the Championship game, Power Herron would face Pittsburgh Passion, which was a hitting powerhouse in the tournament. After 3 innings in cold conditions, Power Herron was leading 5-3, but Ryen and Herron would finally run out of gas after 20 innings of pitching and catching on the day. Although Power Herron players were cold, injured and exhausted, they would not give up by continuing to hit the ball and fight to the end. Passion ended up winning the game, and Power had to settle for the runner-up trophies. Power Herron battled through four close games on Sunday in a 12 hour time frame. This team proved this weekend that they are not just any ordinary 13 year old team. They are ready to compete every weekend to win 14U tournaments. These girls understand that success isn?t measured by the win or loss record. It is measured by the level of competition that they play to make them the best that they can be through demonstrating the ?Pyramid of Success?. Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing they did their best to become the best that they are capable of becoming. This past weekend, Power Herron 14U was successful!! Stay tuned the 2013 ?Refuse to Lose? tour will pick back up in May at a town near you. Thank you girls for the first of many more memorable weekends!!