Power Geraud takes 2nd at the IUP Summer Showcase


While Friday night games were cancelled due to a thunderstorm that had marble-size hail and left 2 inches of water on the fields, Saturday morning games started on time and under beautiful skies.  That brightness extended to Power Geraud’s Saturday Pool Play.  The team came out of pool play with a 2-0-1 record and the first seed in their division.  Sunday proved to be a good day, but not quite enough.  While Power Geraud made it to the finals, they didn’t quite find enough to beat the Furies.


Since the game scheduled for Friday night was not to be played, the first game for Power Geraud in the tournament was against the Indiana Arrows.  The teams played to a 4-4 tie.  As the score suggests, the game was evenly played with a few highlights.  Nicole Busch went 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.  Kelsey Squelch went 2 for 3 and Darcy Geraud had 2 RBIs.   

The second pool game against the Evolution Wright provided Power Geraud with the opportunity to see what our new pitcher, Melissa Morrow could do.  While the final score was 4-2, the game was never in doubt and Melissa proved to be a welcome addition.

The final pool game was a back and forth affair with Power Geraud’s hot bats, but struggling field play.  They beat Norwin Popojas 8 to 7 by overcoming 9 walks and 3 errors committed in the field.  Juli Taylor, Melissa and Stephanie Bartlam each scored 2 runs with Alicia Aughton and Sarah Duda each having 2 RBIs.

Sunday morning started with a 10-4 win over the Norwin Perz team with DJ Ufolla pitching a nice game.  The team batted .367 and left only 3 on base.  Kelsey when 2 for 4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs.  Speed on the bases was the difference -- Juli, Kelsey and Stephanie all had triples while Alicia hit a home run.

The 2nd game Sunday against the Rockets was a 7-4 win for Power Geraud.  Paula Valdisera provided a outstanding defense at third base throwing 8 girls out and not allowing a base runner to reach when hit in her direction.  Our runs came on just 5 hits, but runners advanced because they were aware of advantages in the game – Alicia and Melissa both gained 3 extra bases on steals, past balls or wild pitches while Anna Carnegie advanced twice.

Team Geraud’s bats came out flat in the final game against the Furies.  A very untimely injury to DJ’s hand and a couple of errors on the Power’s part along with a pair of home runs from the Furies helped them to the eventual win.  Power Geraud just couldn’t put the hits together and left 7 stranded on base.  The final score was 4-1.  We can’t wait to meet this team again!