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Premier Fastpitch wins prestigious Fireworks Tourney

posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:47 AM by Shelli Nolte

AURORA, COLO.  – Premier Fastpitch 16U Paulson beat Nebraska Gold 5-2 on Sunday for the championship title 

in the 47th Annual Triple Crown Sports Colorado Firecracker Tournament.
The Firecracker has over 260 Teams in four divisions and attracts over 600 college coaches from across the nation.

In the Championship game, Premier captured the lead in the first inning after Makenzie Pence led off with a single. Brooke Tuttle then reached on an error by the third baseman scoring Pence. Tuttle then scored on another error by the third baseman and Premier was up 2-0.

Nebraska Gold knotted the game up at two in the bottom of the third inning when they homered with two outs in the third inning.

Premier took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning when Dayna Kennedy doubled off of the Nebraska pitcher, driving in two runs and then Macey McElravy grounded out, scoring one run.

Premier collected eight hits. Pence had three and Zoie Bowman two. Kennedy led the team with two runs batted in on a double.

Kia Hanner pitched all seven innings with six hits, six strikeouts, one walk and two earned runs.

Premier travels to the Triple Crown/USA Nationals on ESPN3 in Austin, Texas which starts Monday. The group will then head to USA 16U Nationals in Clearwater, FL before ending the season with PGF Midwest Regional Championships in Peoria, IL.

Premier Fastpitch 3, NW Indiana Sox Fastpitch 1

Madison Eberle threw seven innings, giving up one run, five hits, and striking out three for the Premier win.

Jill Anderson, McElravy, and Cami Newbanks each drove in one run to lead Premier.

Premier Fastpitch 5, Corona Angels – CA 4

Hanner scored the win for Premier. She tossed seven innings, allowing four runs, seven hits, and striking out six.

Premier had eight hits in the game. McElravy, Kennedy, and Newbanks each had several hits for Premier. Kennedy led with two runs batted in. She went 2-for-4 on the day.

Premier Fastpitch 9, Louisville Cyclones 3

Hanner was the winning pitcher. She pitched five innings, surrendering one run, two hits, and striking out three.

Premier had 16 hits in the game. Pence, Davis, Kennedy, Denead Santini, McElravy, and Anderson each collected multiple hits for Premier. Kennedy led Premier with three runs batted in. She went 2-for-4 on the day. Premier didn’t commit a single error in the field.

Premier Fastpitch 7, Chicago Cheetahs 2

Premier scored three runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by McElravy and a single by Bowman.

Hanner threw four innings, allowing one run, four hits, striking out four, and walking one.

Premier collected 11 hits. McElravy, Kennedy, and Pence each managed two hits to lead Premier.

Premier Fastpitch 7, Monarchs – CA 1

Claire Maulding earned the win for Premier. She went seven innings, giving up one run, two hits, striking out two, and walking zero.

Premier had 12 hits in the game. Pence, Tuttle, Kennedy, and Santini each gathered multiple hits for Premier. Santini led Premier with three runs batted in. She went 2-for-4 on the day.

TC Tremors NY 3, Premier Fastpitch 2

Eberle took the loss for Premier. She pitched six innings, allowing three runs, seven hits, and striking out three.

McElravy and Newbanks each drove in one run to lead Premier. Premier was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. McElravy had the most chances in the field with ten.

Premier Fastpitch 1, Finesse Carson 0

Hanner earned the win for Premier. She went seven innings, surrendering zero runs, two hits, and striking out five.

Santini led Premier with two hits in two at bats.

Premier Fastpitch 2, Midland Magic 1

Hanner earned the win for Premier. She tossed seven innings, allowing one run, six hits, striking out ten, and walking one.

Premier had eight hits in the game. Bowman, Kennedy, and Pence each put together two hits to lead Premier.

Premier Fastpitch 12, California Angels 9

Premier defeated California Angels 12-9 in a back-and-forth affair on Thursday. The game was tied at five with Premier batting in the top of the fifth when McElravy homered off of the Angels pitcher, driving in two runs.

McElravy led Premier to victory by driving in five runs. She went 2-for-4 at the plate. McElravy drove in runs on a home run in the fifth and a home run in the sixth. Premier collected 15 hits. Kennedy and McElravy each had two hits while Tuttle and Pence each managed three.

Eberle earned the win for Premier. She threw five innings, allowing nine runs, 11 hits, and striking out one.

Premier Fastpitch 7, Nemesis 2

Eberle earned the win for Premier. She threw two innings, allowing two runs, and three hits.

McElravy, Anderson, Kennedy, Tuttle, Eberle, Pence, and Bailey Davis all had one hit to lead Premier.

Premier Fastpitch 14, Minnesota Irish Gold 0

Anderson led Premier to victory by driving in four runs. She went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double in the second and a single in the third.

Premier scored eight runs in the third inning. Premier’s big inning was driven by a error, a single by Makenzie Reedy, a single by Anderson, a double by Bowman, and a single by Maulding.

Maulding earned the win for Premier. She went three innings, allowing zero runs, zero hits, and striking out four.

 

Premier Fastpitch 16U Paulson is comprised mainly of players from the central-Illinois area: Jillian Anderson, Rochester; Zoie Bowman, Decatur; Bailey Davis, Mt Zion; Madison Eberle, Gibson City; Kia Hanner, Taylor Springs; Dayna Kennedy, Decatur; Claire Maulding, Casey; Macey McElravy, Charleston; Cami Newbanks, Oreana; Makenzie Pence, St Joseph; Makenzie Reedy, Monticello; Denaed Santini, Lexington, SC; Brooke Tuttle, Sullivan.

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields six teams— an 18U, three 16U, a 14U and a 12U. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is under the direction of Kristi and Dan Paulson. If interested in more information or tryouts please email coachdp@thepremierfastpitchsoftball.com or sign up on our website at www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com.

 

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Premier Fastpitch repeats Illinois ASA A State Title

posted Jul 18, 2016, 2:29 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 2:30 PM ]

NORMAL – Premier Fastpitch 18U repeated their reign as ASA/USA Illinois A State Champions this past
weekend at Champions Fields in Normal. After losing their first game on Thursday, Premier went 9-1 in the
double elimination tournament and is 35-1 overall.

PF 9, BNGSA Explosion 0

Premier jumped out on top with a five run first inning that carried them to a 9-0 victory in the championship game on Sunday. Premier scored in the first on an RBI double by Brenna Finck, a two-run home run by Allison Apke, and a two-run single by Anni Borries.

Jenna Woltman racked up three RBIs on two hits for Premier. She doubled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning. Allison Apke and Anni Borries also had home runs. Borries also had three RBI.

Kaylea Chappelle got the win. She tossed four innings of shutout ball. She struck out two, walked none and surrendered three hits. Baylee Sparks closed the game out with a strike out, no walks, no hits.

PF 7, BNGSA Explosion 2

Kyleigh Decker drove in three runs, hit two singles and a double. Bailey Martin also had a double and two singles. Apke added a double, single and two RBI. Chappelle gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked two in 3 1/3 innings. Sparks gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one during her three innings of work. The win forced the “If Game”.

PF 7, Hitting Center 98 3

Apke went 2-4 and hit a home run. Sparks allowed three runs over seven innings. She struck out four, walked none and surrendered nine hits. Conner Cutright and Mycaela Miller each doubled. Chappelle also had a home run.

PF 3, Midland Magic 1

Apke collected three hits—including a double, and an RBI for the win. Chappelle pitched all seven innings – five hits, one earned run, eight strikeouts and three walks.

PF 9, Illinois Extreme 1

Extreme managed just two hits off of Sparks, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during her three innings of work. Chappelle finished with one run over three innings. She struck out four, walked none and surrendered two hits. Premier was sparked by Anni Borries – three doubles -- and Apke, who teamed up for five hits and three RBIs. Miller had two hits and two runs. Finck and Decker tossed in two RBIs each.

PF 7, Heartland Havoc 2

Premier racked up 11 hits with doubles by Finck and Chappelle. Martin, Apke and Woltman each had two hits. Chappelle pitched the win giving up five hits, two runs, one earned, striking out no one and walking three. Sparks took over and pitched three flawless innings.

PF 9, Midwest Sting 1

Kyleigh Decker racked up two RBIs on three hits for PF Paulson 18U. She doubled in the first inning and singled in the fifth and sixth innings. Chappelle allowed just two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during her three innings of work. Baylee Sparks stepped into the circle for three innings. She struck out two, walked no one, gave up three hits and one earned run. Anni Borries had a triple. Cutright, Kyleigh Decker, Apke, Martin each doubled.

PF 11, BNGSA Pride 1

Sparks pitched four innings, two hits, one run, zero earned, no walks and two strikeouts. Chappelle started the contest striking out two.

Finck had a double. Martin two singles. Decker, Apke, Anni Borries, Brigette Belt each singled. Decker had three RBIs while Finck, Borries and Belt each had two.

PF 8, Midwest Menace 0

Kadi Borries held Midwest Menace hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three.

Sparks pitched three shutout innings, struck out none, walked one and gave up two hits. Chappelle had a double and a triple. Apke and Miller each doubled.

Illinois Force 3, PF 1

Brenna Finck had two singles and a RBI while Martin and Anni Borries each had a hit. Borries scored the only run. Chappelle allowed one earned run, seven hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work

The team is schedule to play this weekend at the Mattoon Bagelfest at the Roundhouse Complex at 3:30 p.m. vs the winner of the Blitz and SI Dragons. Premier Fastpitch 18U will wrap up their season at USA/ASA 18U A Nationals in Bloomington, IN July 31-August 1.

 

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields an 18U, 16U, two 14U and a 12U teams. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is under the direction of Kristi and Dan Paulson. If interested in more information or tryouts please email coachdp@thepremierfastpitchsoftball.com or sign up on our website at www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com.


 

About Premier Fastpitch

The core of this team has been together since 2011 with coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson when they won both the 14U ASA A State and NSA A State titles in 2012. Last season they won the 18U USA/ASA A State Title after finishing runner-up at 16U in 2014.

The team includes 2016 area high school graduates from Casey-Westfield, Brigette Belt, Conner Cutright and Kyleigh Decker. Belt is to attend Parkland College with Lexie Black her high school and former Premier teammate. Cutright is to go to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Decker will be at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Allison Apke, Anni Borries and Kadi Borries played at Teutopolis. Apke is headed to Bradley University while both Borries are to be rostered on the Illinois State University Squad. Kaylea Chappelle finished her prep career at Carmi-White and is to go to Saint Louis University in the fall. Baylee Sparks has signed with Rose Hulman Institute of Technology after playing at Oblong this spring.

Bailey Martin and Brenna Finck are coming off great freshman seasons at Indiana State and Murray State, respectively. They both played high school ball at Maroa-Forsyth.

Jenna Woltman and Mycaela Miller are to graduate high school next spring. Woltman from St. Anthony has already verballed to Butler University where former Premier team member Cheyenne Thompson (Marshall) just finished up a stellar freshman year. Miller from Hammond (ALAH) is the only teammate that hasn’t verballed and is mulling over offers.

 

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For more information: 

Dan Paulson • #7 Pinehurst Drive • Mattoon, IL 61938 • 217-276-6708 •  ​www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com  coachdp@premierfastpitchsoftball.com

Premier Fastpitch Tryouts

posted Jul 18, 2016, 2:28 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:17 PM ]

Did You Know?

Premier Fastpitch 18U won both the 2015 & 2016 ASA/USA Illinois A State Championships!!!

Over 30 Premier Fastpitch players have been named to the ICA All-State Teams over the last four years!

In the past two years, over 30 Premier Fastpitch players have earned area newspaper’s all-area team honors.

In just four years, Premier Fastpitch has had 30 players commit/sign to play college softball!

Our 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U have all qualified for 2016 ASA/USA A National Tournaments!

In 2016-17 our 18U and 16U will play a Gold Schedule!

Premier Tryouts 2017!!!

Wednesday, July 20th @ Premier Fields • Gays, IL
12u, 14u, 16u Gold • 5:00p-8:00p
Wednesday, July 27th @ Premier Fields • Gays, IL
12u, 14u, 16u Gold • 5:00p-8:00p
Saturday, July 30th @ Lake Land College • Mattoon, IL
12u and 14u • 10:00a-12:30p
16u and 18u Gold • 2:00p-4:30p
Tuesday, August 9th @ Borg Warner • Decatur, IL
12u, 14u, 16u Gold • 5:00p-8:00p
Wednesday, August 10th @ Lake Land College • Mattoon, IL
12u, 14u, 16u Gold • 5:00p-8:00p

You Must Pre-Register at 
www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com
Players need to only attend one date.

Premier Fastpitch seeking Coaches interested in coaching at all ages during Fall and Winter of 2016 and Summer 2017. Looking for females with college experience and game knowledge to share with players wishing to play at the highest level. Anyone interested in coaching, please contact:
Dan Paulson 217-276-6708
coachdp@premierfastpitchsoftball.com

Premier Sports Academy Fields Directions: 4 miles west of Mattoon on Route 16. 
Turn south on the 4th road out of Mattoon or the 2nd road west of Rogala Golf Course. 
After turning south it is ¼ mile down that road.

For serious players looking to play college softball. 
We provide an elite college preparatory atmosphere. 
Please watch, facebook and twitter for information regarding tryouts. 
For more information Email 
coachdp@premierfastpitchsoftball.com or call 217-276-6708 with any questions.
http://tinyurl.com/q5tvkt6

 

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Premier Fastpitch still undefeated with another championship under their belt

posted Jun 28, 2016, 8:50 AM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:18 PM ]

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Premier Fastpitch 18U continues to roll through the season with another championship title at the Bowling Green USA/ASA National Qualifier at Michael O’Bannon Park in Kentucky.

Premier Fastpitch went 4-0 on Saturday with a 12-0 win over Team Worth in the title game. The team is now 23-0 for the summer season.

PF 12, Team Worth 0

Premier jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first with hits by Brenna Finck, Jenna Woltman, Kyleigh Decker, double by Brigette Belt and Woltman with a triple. Belt was 2-3 with four RBIs. Baylee Sparks pitched the four inning game walking no-one, striking out one and only giving up three hits in the shut-out.

PF 10, Louisville Stunners 2

Finck, Decker and Allison Apke combined for seven hits and two RBIs. Louisville Stunners managed just one hit off of Kaylea Chappelle, who allowed one earned run, walked none and struck out one during her four innings of work.

Premier tacked on another five runs in the third. Conner Cutright singled, bringing home Mycaela Miller and Apke to start the inning. That was followed up by Woltman’s single, plating Cutright.

PF 8, Team Worth 0

Kadi Borries threw a shutout to carry Premier to an 8-0 victory over Team Worth in six innings. Borries racked up 10 strikeouts, gave up just two hits over six shutout innings. Premier had 12 hits. Miller racked up two RBIs on a single in the fourth inning and a triple in the sixth inning. Finck had three singles. Chappelle also chipped in a double and a single. Borries and Apke also added two RBIs a piece.

PF 4, Louisville Stunners 1

Chappelle racked up three RBIs on three hits. She singled in the second and third innings and homered in the fifth inning. Belt also had three hits while Apke had two.

Sparks recorded the win. She allowed one run over three innings. She struck out three, walked none and surrendered three hits.

The team is schedule to play this weekend at the BNGSA Meatheads Firecracker Tournament in Normal, then to defend their USA/ASA State Title July 15-18. Their schedule rounds out with a stop at the Mattoon Mattoon Bagelfest at the Roundhouse Complex July 22-24 and then the finale at USA/ASA 18U A Nationals in Bloomington, IN in late July.

About Premier Fastpitch

The core of this team has been together since 2011 with coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson when they won both the 14U ASA A State and NSA A State titles in 2012. Last season they won the 18U USA/ASA A State Title after finishing runner-up at 16U in 2014.

The team includes 2016 area high school graduates from Casey-Westfield, Brigette Belt, Conner Cutright and Kyleigh Decker. Belt is to attend Parkland College with Lexie Black her high school and former Premier teammate. Cutright is to go to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Decker will be at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Allison Apke, Anni Borries and Kadi Borries played at Teutopolis. Apke is headed to Bradley University while both Borries are to be rostered on the Illinois State University Squad. Kaylea Chappelle finished her prep career at Carmi-White and is to go to Saint Louis University in the fall. Baylee Sparks has signed with Rose Hulman Institute of Technology after playing at Oblong this spring.

Bailey Martin and Brenna Finck are coming off great freshman seasons at Indiana State and Murray State, respectively. They both played high school ball at Maroa-Forsyth.

Jenna Woltman and Mycaela Miller are to graduate high school next spring. Woltman from St. Anthony has already verballed to Butler University where former Premier team member Cheyenne Thompson (Marshall) just finished up a stellar freshman year. Miller from Hammond (ALAH) is the only teammate that hasn’t verballed and is mulling over offers.

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields an 18U, 16U, two 14U and a 12U teams. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is under the direction of Kristi and Dan Paulson. If interested in more information or tryouts please email coachdp@thepremierfastpitchsoftball.com or sign up on our website at www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com.

 

Premier Fastpitch ’01 Reedy brings home USA/ASA NQ Trophy

posted Jun 28, 2016, 8:42 AM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 8:48 AM ]

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Premier Fastpitch ’01 Reedy battled the heat and teams in the Bowling Green KY 14U USA/ASA National Qualifier this past weekend. PF ’01 defeated the Louisville Sluggers 7-4 in the championship contest and was 5-2 for the weekend and 46-24-2 since the fall season.

Game Highlights

PF Reedy 7, Louisville Sluggers 4

Bailey Davis went 2-3 and Jillian Anders went 3-4 as Premier took home a 7-4 victory over Louisville Sluggers in seven innings on Sunday for the championship. Davis and Dayna Kennedy each tripled. Macey McElravy had two singles and three RBI.

Kia Hanner worked out of 12 difficult moments. She pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. Hanner also had a single and two RBI.

Louisville Sluggers 12, PF Reedy 1

Premier was held to just three hits while McElravy had the lone RBI.  

PF Reedy 6, Louisville Sluggers 3

Hanner pitched the gem striking out nine, walking one, seven hits and three earned runs in six innings. McElravy doubled and was 2-3 while Hanner had 2 RBIs.

PF Reedy 5, Illinois Force 3

A Makenzie Reedy double and an error scored two runs in the second. McElravy tripled, bringing home Kennedy and Davis to start the third inning. Anderson and Davis each had two hits. Kia Hanner won it in the circle with four strikeouts, four walks, six hits and one earned run.

PF Reedy 8, PF 2003 5

PF Reedy scored in the first on an RBI double by Kennedy and a two-run home run by McElravy. Reedy, Anderson, Kennedy and MacElravy each had two hits. McElravy pitched the win striking out five, walking two, five runs on seven hits.

Louisville Sluggers 10, PF Reedy 2

Davis, McElravy and Kennedy each had hits in the loss. Davis tripled and Kennedy had a double. Zoie Bowman and McElravy had the only RBIs.

PF Reedy 3, Blitz Softball 2

Kennedy went 2-3 and scored one run. She tripled in the second inning and singled in the fourth inning. PF Reedy 14U scored two runs on a groundout by Makenzie Reedy and an RBI single by Jaden Corley.

Premier is scheduled to play at the Bloomington-Normal Girls Softball Meathead Firecracker tournament this weekend and then the Illinois ASA A State Tournament in Moline, IL July 7-10.

About Premier Fastpitch

Premier Fastpitch ’01 Reedy team members are Jillian Anderson, Zoie Bowman, Jaden Corley, Bailey Davis, Kia Hanner, Dayna Kennedy, Macey McElravy, Peyton Melton, Reagan Miller, Cami Newbanks, Makenzie Reedy, Rylie Yard. PF ’01 Reedy is coached by Tip Reedy and Billy Corley. They are the 2015 NSA 14U State Champions and finished seventh at USA/ASA Northern Nationals.

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields an 18U, 16U, two 14U and a 12U teams. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is under the direction of Kristi and Dan Paulson. If interested in more information or tryouts please email coachdp@thepremierfastpitchsoftball.com or sign up on our website at www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com.

Premier Fastpitch wins USA/ASA Qualifier, improves to 19-0

posted Jun 21, 2016, 8:08 AM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:18 PM ]

NORMAL – The Premier Fastpitch 18U team took the championship title at the USA/ASA 18U National Qualifier this weekend at Champion Fields in Normal, IL. Premier defeated the Mizzuno Hawks 6-5 in the final game of the 20 team tournament.

Premier improves to an impressive 19-0 record for the summer season after spending the previous week at the prestigious Sun Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Orlando, FL. 

In Florida, Premier played some very strong teams from Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Nevada. They scored 80 runs and only allowed two in nine games. 

Premier opened up their season at the Shriner’s Shootout in Pekin, IL winning all three games to claim the title back on June 5.

The team includes 2016 area high school graduates from Casey-Westfield, Brigette Belt, Conner Cutright and Kyleigh Decker. Belt is to attend Parkland College with Lexie Black her high school and former Premier teammate. Cutright is to go to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Decker will be at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. 

Allison Apke, Anni Borries and Kadi Borries played at Teutopolis. Apke is headed to Bradley University while both Borries are to be rostered on the Illinois State University Squad. Kaylea Chappelle finished her prep career at Carmi-White and is to go to Saint Louis University in the fall. Baylee Sparks has signed with Rose Hulman Institute of Technology after playing at Oblong this spring.
Bailey Martin and Brenna Finck are coming off great freshman seasons at Indiana State and Murray State, respectively. They both played high school ball at Maroa-Forsyth.

Jenna Woltman and Mycaela Miller are to graduate high school next spring. Woltman from Effingham St. Anthony has already verballed to Butler University where former Premier team member Cheyenne Thompson (Marshall) just finished up a stellar freshman year. Miller from Hammond (ALAH) is the only teammate that hasn’t verballed and is mulling over offers.

The core of this team has been together since 2011 with coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson when they won both the 14U ASA A State and NSA A State titles in 2012. Last season they won the 18U USA/ASA A State Title after finishing runner-up at 16U in 2014. They are to travel to Bowling Green, KY to play in a USA/ASA Tournament with Premier 14U and 12U teams this weekend.

The team is schedule to play the July 4th weekend at the BNGSA Meatheads Firecracker Tournament in Normal, then to defend their USA/ASA State Title. Before the team travels to USA/ASA 18U A Nationals in Bloomington, IN in late July, the team will play in the Mattoon Bagelfest at the Roundhouse Complex July 22-24.

PF 6, Mizzuno Hawks 5
A strong fifth inning propelled Premier to the win. Decker and Martin scored on a three-run home run by Apke. Apke racked up three RBIs on two hits for Premier. Cutright also had two hits in the contest while Chappelle had three. Apke, Cutright, Anni Borries each had doubles.
Sparks got it done in the circle on the way to a win. She allowed one run over five innings. She struck out two, walked none and surrendered four hits.
PF 4, Mizzuno Hawks 0
In the semifinal contest, Apke went 2-4 and hit a home run. Chappelle kept Mizzuno Hawks off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was in the circle. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on six hits while ringing up three. Martin also had a triple, single and an RBI while Decker pushed across another run scoring Martin in the seventh.
PF 11, Dirt Devils 5
Premier tallied six runs in the first on an RBI double by Decker, an RBI double by Apke, an RBI single by Chappelle, a two-run single by Belt, and an RBI double by Kadi Borries. Borries racked up three RBIs on three hits.
PF 9, Illinois Gold 1
Seven runs in the first three innings led Premier to put the game away early. Miller racked up three RBIs on two doubles. Kadi Borries tripled while Decker, Apke and Chappelle also had doubles. Chappelle looked sharp in the circle. She allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
PF 8, Northern Lightening 1
Decker and Chappelle each had two-run doubles for Premier to jump out to a 5-0 lead in the first. Brenna Finck and Chappelle each had three hits. Belt, Decker and Cutright each added two singles a piece. Sparks pitched all seven, striking out three, no walks on five hits with an earned run.
PF 9, Quad City Firebirds 0
Chappelle racked up five RBIs on three hits for Premier. She homered in the third inning and singled in the first and fourth innings. The top of the third got off to a hot start when Chappelle homered, plating Decker and Apke. That was followed up by Kadi Borries’s single, plating Cutright. Decker also had a double and triple. Chappelle and Sparks split time in the circle. Chappelle struck out three, no walks, and gave up one hit, while Sparks game up five hits, no runs and no walks.
PF 8, BNGSA Freeze 0
Woltman put Premier on the board with a sac fly and got the team going. In the fourth, an RBI single by Kadi Borries, a two-run triple by Finck, an RBI single by Cutright brought the score to eight runs.
BNGSA Freeze managed just one hit off of Kadi Borries, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out six during her four innings of work.

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields an 18U, 16U, two 14U and a 12U teams. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is under the direction of Kristi and Dan Paulson. If interested in more information or tryouts please email coachdp@thepremierfastpitchsoftball.comor sign up on our website at www.premierfastpitchsoftball.com.

Estes commits to Lincoln Land College

posted Aug 21, 2015, 1:05 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

MATTOON – Alexis Estes, senior at Clinton Community High School and a player for the Premier Fastpitch Softball 16U Gold has verbally committed to Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL.

Estes plays summer ball for Coach Denise Prather. The Premier Fastpitch 16U Gold were the 2015 Illinois ASA A 16U State Champions and placed 33rd at the ASA/USA 16U A Nationals in Chattanooga, TN a 185 team event that draws top teams from across the nation.

Her honors, this past season include: First Team Central Illinois Conference, First Team All Area Decatur Herald and Review, All-Area Honorable Mention Champaign News Gazette.

Estes hit .359 for the Maroons with three home runs, eight doubles, 18 RBI and an OBP of .425. In the circle for the Maroons, Estes’ ERA was 1.52, struck out 181 batters and went 16-4 for the 2015 high school season. Clinton ended the 2015 season 21-5.

She is coached in high school by Mike Nunnery and will graduate in 2016.

Lincoln Land is a NCJAA Division II School. The Loggers posted a fifth place finish at the NJCAA DII National Tournament and an overall record of 45-15. The team is coached by John Marsaglia.

Estes is the daughter of Heidi and Richard Estes.

Black verbals to Parkland College

posted Aug 21, 2015, 1:03 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

MATTOON – Lexie Black, senior at Casey-Westfield High School and a player for the Premier Fastpitch Softball 18U Gold has verbally committed to Parkland College in Champaign, IL.

Black pitched for Coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson during the travel ball season. Premier Fastpitch 18U Gold were the 2015 ASA 18U A Illinois State Champions and rode to a strong 17th place finish at the 104 Team ASA/USA 18U A Nationals in Spartanburg, SC this past summer.

Her honors during her junior year include: First Team All Little Illini Conference, Second Team Decatur Herald and Review All-Area Softball Team . Sophomore year: Second Team All Little Illini Conference; Honorable Mention Decatur Herald and Review All-Area Softball Team.

In the circle, Black was 22-6 with an 1.680 ERA and 158 strikeouts. The Warriors were 26-8 and are coached by Mike Cutright. Black will graduate in 2016.

Parkland is a NCJAA Division II School, that has three NJCAA National Runners-up Places and has finished in the top 10 eight times. The most recent, a Third Place finish in 2012. The Cobras’ are coached by Chuck Clutts.

Black is the daughter of Kim and Patrick Braiser and Josh Black.

Chappelle verbally commits to Saint Louis University

posted Aug 21, 2015, 12:39 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

MATTOON – Kaylea Chappelle, senior at Carmi-White County High School and a player for the Premier Fastpitch Softball 18U Gold has verbally committed to Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.

Chappelle plays for Coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson during the travel ball season. Premier Fastpitch 18U Gold were the 2015 ASA 18U A Illinois State Champions and rode to a strong 17th place finish at the 104 Team ASA/USA 18U A Nationals in Spartanburg, SC this past summer.

Her honors during her junior year include: 2015 Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South Team; Illinois Coaches Association All-State Second Team; Black Diamond Conference – East MVP; First Team Black Diamond Conference - East.

Chappelle was 21-5 in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs, striking out 216 with an ERA of 1.60. At the plate, she hit .538 with eight homeruns, 11 doubles and 41 RBI. She is coached by Scott Conner at Carmi-White County High School.

Chappelle will graduate in 2016.

Saint Louis University, a NCAA DI school, posted a 36-18 overall record and was 18-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Billikens are coached by Christy Connoyer who is in her sixth season at the helm.

Chappelle is an honors student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Darla and Rick Chappelle.


Belt verbals to Parkland

posted Aug 11, 2015, 8:06 PM by Shelli Nolte   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

MATTOON – Brigette Belt, senior at Casey-Westfield High School and a player for the Premier Fastpitch Softball 18U Gold has verbally committed to Parkland College in Champaign, IL.

Belt plays summer ball for Coaches Kristi and Dan Paulson. Premier Fastpitch 18U Gold were the 2015 ASA 18U A Illinois State Champions and rode to a strong 17th place finish at the 104 Team ASA/USA 18U A Nationals in Spartanburg, SC this past summer.

Her honors include: First Team All Little Illini Conference, Honorable Mention Decatur Herald and Review All Area Team as a junior; Second Team All Conference, Leadership Award as a sophomore; Decatur Herald and Review All-Area Team and Honorable Mention-Infield Little Illini All Conference as a freshman; Honorable Mention All Conference Volleyball as a sophomore.

Belt hit .380 for the Warriors with two home runs, eight doubles, 31 RBI and an OBP of .491

She is coached in high school by Mike Cutright and will graduate in 20165.

Parkland is a NCJAA Division II School, that has three NJCAA National Runners-up Places and has finished in the top 10 eight times. The most recent, a Third Place finish in 2012.

Belt, an honors student, is the daughter of Brenda and David Belt.


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