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Written by Colleen O'Brien, former CHS and CYA softball player

Buzz for 11/9                           

14U Lace Coming out on Top!

On October 30th the Lace had a successful weekend by winning a Sunday double header against the Storm and Olney Cougars. Strong pitching and great defense allowed them to win the games.

In the first game against the Storm, Sydney pitched three strong innings and struck out 6 batters. Offensively, Franny came out hitting with two hits and two RBIs. Nearly everyone in the lineup contributed in producing runs. The strong performance at the plate allowed the Lace to come out on top with a 13-3 win!

In the second game, the Lace played against the Olney Cougars. Anna pitched five strong innings with five strikeouts and only allowing four hits. The Lace were unstoppable at the plate and scored seven runs with seven different players. They finished the game with a seven-two win! 

10U Ally Cats defeat the BRYC Honey Badgers!

The Ally Cats played the BRYC Honey Badgers and won in a close game 1-0. The Ally Cats pitchers Ashley, Samantha, and Mattilyn set the tone for the game with great pitching all around. The Ally Cats were up by one run in the bottom of the fourth when BRYC almost came back and tied it up.  The ally cat catcher Noel being quick on her feet with a passed ball recovery stopped the honey badger from scurrying in for the tying run. 

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Buzz for 11/2

 

10U Alley Cats Comeback!

 

The Ally Cats played the BRYC Bulldogs. They had strong pitching and clutch hitting that enabled them to have a great comeback in the 4th! Their pitcher Mattilyn struck out three girls in her pitching debut! Kate and Emily were in a tough position with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the fourth. But came out strong with back to back hits that led the team to come out from behind, ending with a 5-4 score!

 

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Freeze Bullying Tournament

 

This tournament was special and it was to raise awareness against personal and online bullying. The tournament was named after Payton Freeze who was a very intelligent young woman who attended Battlefield High School. Payton’s amazing life ended this past February and this tournament was founded to raise money to prevent and stop bullying in its’ tracks.

 

Team TFS played in this tournament. The team met the Freeze family and shared meaningful and important sentiments, not only about how devastating bullying can be to individuals, but to entire families and communities. This was the inaugural tournament and had over 50 teams from various age groups who participated.

 

In the Freeze tournament team TFS won the 14U open gold division with a perfect record going 6-0 though the weekend! The girls were excited about the tournament win, but getting to meet the Freeze family was more rewarding. Team TFS is proud to have participated in the inaugural event and to have competed with honor for Payton Freeze.

Rest in Peace Payton.

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Buzz for 10/25

 

The Chantilly Lace 14U!

 

The Lace started off their season with numerous slots to fill because a lot of girls had to move up to play in 16U, due to age.  Lace’s coach, David Wortman knew another club was in a similar situation and reached out the coach, Geyer Jones to see if they can merge the teams. It took multiple meetings but the two coaches decided to make one team, with Geyer agreeing to be the assistant coach. The girls who where once each others competition are now teammates. The coaches realized they needed to do group bonding activities so the girls could work together as a team.

The coaches wanted the team to be a cohesive unit. They felt as if a tight knit group would play better together. The Lace have played in two tournaments in their division and placed second and first! Wortman asked the girls in their first tournament how many have played in a championship game before and only three raised their hands. The Lace have made incredible progress with the combined team this season and are only improving!  

 

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14U Lace Bringing Home Some Hardware!

 

The 14U CYA Lace team has enjoyed some success in recent weeks. The weekend of September 17th and 18th, the Lace played in the USSSA Potomac River Clash NIT 14U-C tournament in Sterling VA.  They finished the Saturday pool play with a 2-0 record which seeded them automatically in the quarterfinals. On Sunday, they started off with a 12-0 win and advanced through the semi-final game with a 7-1 victory. After four straight victories in the tournament, 14U Lace fell short in the championship game to the Inferno Red 14U ending a good day in the field.  Along with the 4-1 tournament record, 14U Lace scored 34 runs and allowed just 23 in the five games.

 

 

 

ile:///Users/colleen/Downloads/Team%20Photo%20with%20Plaques.jpgThe 14U Lace played in the Madison Small Scholarship Tournament in Sterling VA on October 8th and 9th. In the 14U-C tournament, they advanced to the semi-final game against the Cyclones and through a determined team performance led by great pitching from Sarah, they were able to get out of early inning jams without any damage. They advanced with a 3-2 win and moved on to the championship game. The 14U Lace played great defensive and offensively and Anna’s pitching was key to their 11-1 victory for 1st place! The impressive hitting team-wide was led by Sydney, Maddy and Katie with two hits each and Haley and Maddy driving in runs. Caroline Franny and Olivia all had RBIs!

Team TFS Virginia Places First, Second, and Third in 3 Tournaments!

 

In the USSSA Potomac River Clash NIT 14U Open tournament, Team TFS Virginia won the Championship scoring 46 runs while allowing just 14 runs in a perfect 6-0 performance.

 

Team TFS Virginia travelled to Williamsburg VA to compete in the NSA Fall Festival on September 24 and 25. Team TFS compiled a record of 3-1-1 scoring 22 runs while yielding 12 runs and earned 3rd Place playing against some excellent competition from throughout Virginia.  Their only loss came against the reigning NSA National Champion Williamsburg Starz Gold, 3-1.

 

In the USSSA Madison Small Memorial 14U Open tournament on October 8th and 9th, Team TFS Virginia came in second place with a tournament record of 5-1.  Team TFS outhit the ’02 Virginia Crushers but left 5 runners on base and fell short in the Championship Game, 7-5.  The team had a combined OBP of 0.572 during the tournament and scored 53 runs in the 6 games.  So far this season, Team TFS Virginia has a 14-2-1 record and has outscored their opponents 69 runs to 26 runs against. Team TFS takes to the field next in the USSSA Freeze Bullying Tournament in Nokesville on October 22/23.

 

Colleen O'Brien