Newport News, VA (June 20, 2015) Playing against a tough field of 20 competitors, the 12U Fielder’s Choice Fastpitch Softball team (FC’02) recently steamrolled its way to capture the National Softball Association’s Virginia 12U State Championship played at Stoney Run Park.
Led by Manager, Mike Elias, Fielder’s Choice posted a 9-1 record over the 2-day, double elimination tournament and outscored its opponents by a margin of 66-27. The lone blip in their record caused Fielder’s Choice to have a strenuous road to the Championship. FC’02 played 7 consecutive games on Sunday in extreme heat and culminated with back-to-back victories against the previously unbeaten Virginia Edge to secure the trophy.
In game one of the finals, Bella Radican pitched a gem, going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. FC’02 got out to a fast start with 2 runs in the 1st inning with consecutive extra base hits by Sophie Pell and Sydney Bednoski, scoring Natalie Elias and Pell. FC’02 added a run in the 3rd inning that proved to be enough as FC’02’s strong pitching performance by Radican (6.0 IP, 2R, 3H, 5K, 0BB) and defense (25 assists and putouts) shut down the Virginia Edge’s previously powerful offense.
Game 2 was a pitcher’s dual as Samantha Buckland toed the rubber for FC’02 and led the team to a 2-1 victory. FC’02 scored their 2 runs in the 2nd inning with consecutive hits by Bednoski, Buckland and Radican and an RBI groundout by Taylor Cameron. FC’02 survived the Edge’s attempt at tying the game in bottom of the 5th when Radican hustled to retrieve a ball in right field and threw a strike to shortstop, Josie Krepps for a relay home where Bednoski tagged out the runner cutting down what would have been the tying run. Buckland (5.2IP, 1R, 5H, 3K) let her defense work behind her as FC’02 shut the door in the bottom of the 6th with 3 routine infield plays to raise the trophy.
Fielder’s Choice had contributions from every member of their roster during its run to the championship trophy. Natalie Elias was a spark plug in the lead off position and tracked down a bunch of tough plays in right field. Krepps was a mainstay at shortstop and is a pitcher’s nightmare with her patented 13-pitch at bats, seeing an average of 4.5 pitches per at bat for the tournament. Pell, Bednoski and Buckland provided a total of 8 extra base hits resulting in 25 total RBIs and 22 runs scored. Pell along with Maddie “Maddog” Milne anchored the 3rd base and center field positions with Milne leading the team with 7 walks. Cameron led the team throughout the tournament with 10 RBI’s and was versatile in the field playing 1st base, 2nd base as well as spending time in the circle. Radican was the workhorse in the circle pitching a total of 33 innings. Playing in her first tournament with the team, Casey Miller was solid in left field and started off her tournament with a sharp single. Calli Keyser scored 2 runs as a pinch runner for Bednoski who caught all but 2 innings during the 10 game run. Although not on the field for this tournament, injured players, Maddie Elias and Ainsley Keyser, played keys roles as supporters and positive teammates. Also out of action this weekend were Aylssa Petrarca and Ella Adam. Their support was present even if they were not. This gauntlet tournament win was a result of the entire team’s hard work, perseverance and dedication to the core principles of the team.
The Fox congratulates Fielder’s Choice U12 Softball Team for a great win and for bringing it home to Loudoun County ! ! !
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Written by Steven Holland