Headed to Oklahoma! Premier Fastpitch Qualifies 2 for ASA/USA 16U Gold Nationals

Post date: Jun 25, 2014 4:36:46 PM

(PEKIN) Placing first and second this past weekend, two Premier Fastpitch Softball teams qualified for 16U ASA/USA Gold Nationals in a tournament in Pekin at the Avanti Dome Fields.

Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon and features players from Central, East-Central and Southern Illinois.

The 2014 Inaugural ASA/USA 16U Gold Nationals will be held July 21-26 in Broken Arrow, Okla. The ASA/USA 16U Gold National Championship will feature 48 of the top 16-Under teams from across the country. The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee.

The PF Orange team placed second going 5-1 overall in the tournament with it’s only loss coming from PF Black. PF Black won the championship with a 3-0 recorded in the elimination rounds after falling 0-2 in pool games in the weather-shortened tournament.

Game recaps

In the 8-0 win over sister team PF Orange, PF Black scored four runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Kadi Borries, a sacrifice fly by Bailey Martin, an RBI double by Allison Apke, and an error.

PF Orange’s Jenna Woltman finished the game going 2-2 at the plate while Apke racked up three RBIs on three hits for PF Black. Lexie Black put together a nice outing. PF Orange managed just two hits off of the PF Black’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during her five innings of work.

Kaylea Chappelle racked up four RBIs on one hit for PF Black. She homered in the seventh inning in a 6-1 victory against the Diamondstorm.

Chappelle shut down Diamondstorm while she was on the rubber. Diamondstorm managed just one hit off of Chappelle, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out one during her six innings of work.

PF Black defeated the Kansas City Monarchs after late game sacrifice fly, 7-6. PF Black finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Conner Cutright scored Apke and gave PF Black the lead for good. Chappelle racked up five RBIs on two hits for PF Black. She homered in the first inning and singled in the second inning.

PF Black fell 5-0 to Oklahoma Force and 5-1 to the Diamondstorm in pool play.

Ally Wiegand tossed a shutout to lift PF Orange to a 1-0 win over Oklahoma Force in seven innings in a weather delayed contest that was finally played on Monday for the second place finish. Wiegand had six perfect innings, in seven innings of work and allowed no earned runs on two hits.

PF Orange went up for good in the first in a 7-3 win over the KC Monarch, scoring two runs on a two-run double by Wiegand. Wiegand went 3-3 at the plate. PF Orange increased its lead with three runs in the second. An error scored Katherine Kennedy for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Mycaela Miller’s double, bringing home Anna Watson and Amber Tabeling.

PF Orange’s Megan Tool homered in the first inning and singled in the fifth inning in a 4-2 win over the Lemont Rockers. She racked up three RBIs on two hits. Sophie Catlin got the win for PF Orange. She allowed two runs over 1 1/3 innings. Sophie struck out one, walked none and gave up four hits.

PF Orange defeated Tulsa Eagles 3-0 and BNGSA Aces 3-0 in pool play.

Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields two 16U teams and a 14U. Next season PF will compete at the 18U, 16U, and 14U level. The 16U Players are from Carmi, Casey, Charleston, Clinton, Downs, Effingham, Forsyth, Hammond, Lincoln, Maroa, Marshall, Monticello, Oblong, Teutopolis and Tuscola.

The teams travel around the nation to compete at the highest levels possible. Tournaments in Kansas City- Independence Gold Qualifier; Chattanooga- College Exposure tourney (over 170 College Coaches); Pekin Illinois - Gold Qualifier; Kansas City- Olathe- Gold Qualifier; Denver Colorado- College Exposure Event; Moline, IL- ASA State; ASA/USA Nationals

Premier Fastpitch is for players who want to push themselves to be better, not only as softball players, but as individuals. The organization’s goal is not only to prepare for the next level, but also to develop a passion for the game and a determination to win. Premier Fastpitch is based in Mattoon, IL and is ran 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.