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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.

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