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STING 10U WINS FALL LEAGUE, BEATS LIGHTNING 7-6 IN FINAL

WINNING ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP, STING 10U WON THEIR FINAL GAME VS.  THE HOST “LIGHTNING” 7-6 IN THE SOUTHINGTON FALL LEAGUE.  IN THEIR MOST EXCITING GAME OF THE SEASON, STING BATTLED BACK TWICE WITH TIMELY HITTING AND BIG DEFENSIVE PLAYS.  MAEVE EAGLESON JUMP-STARTED THE OFFENSE WITH A THREE-RUN HOME RUN OVER THE FENCE IN THE THIRD INNING TO PUT STING UP 4-3.  STING FELL BEHIND LATE, DESPITE SOME GREAT DEFENSIVE PLAYS, LIKE ALLIE MAYNARD’S 6-6-3 DOUBLE PLAY AND LEAH MICHALOWSKI’S OVER THE SHOULDER RUNNING CATCH, KEEPING THE GAME CLOSE THROUGH THE MIDDLE INNINGS, SETTING UP A NAIL-BITING FINISH.  GABBY GIARDINA RALLIED THE OFFENSE WITH A BIG DOUBLE IN THE SIXTH.  SHE SCORED THE TYING RUN, BATTED IN BY RYA COPLINLILA SHEPARD USED HER SPEED ON THE BASES TO SCORE THE GAME WINNING RUN.  EAGLESON AND CASEY KOLVA EACH PITCHED THREE INNINGS COMBINING FOR TEN STRIKE OUTS AND ALLOWING ONLY FOUR HITS TO A POWERFUL “LIGHTNING” OFFENSE.  KOLVA ALSO CHIPPED IN WITH A HIT AND AN RBI AT THE PLATE.  STING 10U WILL TAKE SOME TIME OFF AND BEGIN WINTER PRACTICE WITH A FALL “FPN” TOURNAMENT WIN AND A FALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP.  PICTURED ABOVE IN FRONT FROM LEFT ARE REAGAN KLEIN, ALLIE MAYNARD, OLIVIA MAHON, GABBY GIARDINA, ENIAYAH PRAY AND RYA COPLIN.  STANDING IN BACK FROM LEFT ARE KENZIE BEENEY, MAEVE EAGLESON, LEAH MICHALOWSKI, CASEY KOLVA, LILA SHEPARD.  (MISSING IS CHASE FERRIAOLO.)  COACHES PICTURED IN REAR FROM LEFT ARE KYLE EAGLESON, MIKE MICHALOWSKI AND DOMINIC GIARDINA.  (PICTURED INSET LEFT IS MAEVE EAGLESON WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY, CELEBRATING HER “OVER-THE-FENCE” HOME RUN.)

STING 10U CROWNED FPN SPOOKTACULAR I CHAMPS

STING 10U BEGAN THEIR YEAR WITH A PERFECT 5-0 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT AT THEIR ONE AND ONLY FALL TOURNAMENT, FPN SPOOKTACULAR I.  STING 10U BEGAN THEIR POOL PLAY SATURDAY WITH A 7 – 5 VICTORY VS. THE ALWAYS POWERFUL  CT LIGHTNING.  THEY FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A 15-0 “RUN LIMIT” WIN VS CT DIAMOND CLUB.  IN GAME THREE, THEY BEAT SD RIPTIDE 10- 4, FOR A PERFECT 3 – 0 SATURDAY AND A NUMBER ONE SEED.

STING 10U OPENED UP CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY WITH A 12 – 5 SEMI-FINAL WIN VS SD RIPTIDE AND FOLLOWED WITH A CONVINCING 10 – 4 CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY VS. THE LIGHTNING.  COACH EAGLESON’S TEAM, PICTURED ABOVE, DRESSED AS SUNFLOWER SEED IN FASTPITCH NATION’S VERY FUN ANNUAL DRESS UP HALLOWEEN EVENT, ON THE BEAUTIFUL FALL WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 15 & 16. PICTURED BELOW UNDER THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD IS STING 10U.  (FRONT ROW FROM LEFT ARE CHASE FERRAIOLO, REAGAN KLEIN, ALLY MAYNARD.  (PLAYERS IN THE BACK FROM LEFT) ARE LEAH MICHALOWSKI, GABBY GIARDINA, ENAIYAH PRAY, RYA COPLIN, CASEY KOLVA, MAEVE EAGLESON, OLIVIA MAHON, KENZIE BEENEY, LILA SHEPARD.  COACHES STANDING IN BACK ARE (FROM LEFT) KYLE EAGLESON, MIKE MICHALOWSKI AND DOM GIARDINA.

STING 14U TAKES SECOND FALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

STING 14U MAINTAINS A PERFECT, TWO TOURNAMENTS AND TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS, RECORD FOR THE FALL OF 2022.  IN SEPTEMBER, STING 14U WERE VICTORIOUS IN THE “CT TITANS SHOWDOWN”.  ON OCTOBER 2, THEY TOOK THE RAIN-SHORTENED, FPN “TUNNELS TO TOWERS” CHARITY EVENT AT FPN PARK IN WINDSOR, CT.  THE PARK SUFFERED A SOAKING ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, FORCING ALL POOL GAMES TO BE CANCELLED.  FPN RESET THE POOLS FOR SUNDAY AND STING 14U OPENED WITH A CONVINCING 7-1 WIN AGAINST THE LONG ISLAND SURGE (NY).  IN THE SECOND GAME, THEIR PROLIFIC OFFENSE PASTED THE NORTHEAST HURRICANES (NH) 10-6.  IN SUNDAYS FINALE, THEY EDGED THE CT CHARGE 6-5, FOR A PERFECT 3-0 POOL RECORD AND ONLY GIVING UP 12 RUNS, ONE RUN LESS THAN THE SECOND PLACE SYRACUSE SPORTS ZONE (NY).  MIA GAUTHIER HAD HER BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE, GOING 4-6, WITH THREE DOUBLES ON THE DAY.  LAUREN VITARISI ADDED TWO MORE HOME RUNS, GIVING HER A TOTAL OF FOUR THIS FALL.  PICTURED ABOVE FROM LEFT ARE ANNABELLE WENZEL, MIA GAUTHIER, EVA BACKHAUS, PEYTON LEMAY, SOPHIA SARDO, LAUREN VITARISI, ASHLEY BERARDESCA, SKYLAR GAGE, ALIA MARTONE AND SOFIA LUDINGTON.

THIS WAS YET ANOTHER TOURNAMENT WIN FOR STING 14U, WHO RETURN TO FASTPITCH NATION, THIS TIME IN COSTUME, ON OCTOBER 22 & 23 FOR THE VERY FUN FPN HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR II.

STING 10U HOLDS DOWN FIRST IN SOUTHINGTON FALL LEAGUE

STING 10U IS CURRENTLY 4 – 0 AND HOLDING DOWN FIRST PLACE IN THE SOUTHINGTON FALL LEAGUE.  STING 10U ROTATES FOUR PITCHERS, WHO ARE ALL HAVING SUCCESS.  THEY ARE BACKED UP BY SOLID DEFENSE AND GREAT HITTING.  PICTURED ABOVE LEFT IS RYA COPLIN LINING A PITCH INTO LEFT FIELD.  AT ABOVE RIGHT IS ALLISON MAYNARD WAITING ON BASE, AND BELOW CENTER IS REAGAN KLEIN, ONE OF THE FOUR CONSISTENT PITCHERS IN COACH EAGLESON’S ROTATION.  THE STING 10U PLAY DOUBLEHEADERS EVERY WEEKEND AT PANTHORN PARK IN SOUTHINGTON.

14U CHAMPIONS IN TITANS SHOWDOWN IN TERRYVILLE, CT

STING 14U NOTCHED AN AMAZING CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY TO FINISH IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE AT THE TITANS SHOWDOWN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2022.  AFTER A ROCKY 1 – 2 SATURDAY, STING 14U EMERGED ON SUNDAY AND WON THEIR OPENER.  IN THE SEMI-FINALS, THE HOST TITANS LED 6-3 GOING INTO THE FINAL FRAME.  STING PUSHED TWO RUNS ACROSS, CUTTING THE DEFICIT TO ONE, WHEN PITCHER LAUREN VITARISI CAME TO THE PLATE WITH A RUNNER ON THIRD.  VITARISI KNOCKED THE BALL OVER THE CENTER FIELD FENCE TO GIVE STING THE LEAD.  SHE THEN SHUT DOWN THE SIDE IN THE BOTTOM FRAME TO GIVE STING THE ONE-RUN VICTORY AND A BERTH INTO THE FINALS.

STING BEAT THE CT JADES 13-5 FOR AN EASY WIN AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.  VITARISI ADDED HER SECOND ROUND-TRIPPER IN THE FINAL.

PICTURED ABOVE ARE (TOP ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, COACH PAUL LUDINGTON, MADI DESTEFANO, SOPHIA SARDO, EVA BACKHAUS, MIA GAUTHIER, ANNABELLE WENZEL, ASHLEY BERARDESCA AND COACH BILL STEFANO.  BOTTOM (FROM LEFT) KAYLYN VERNON, SOPHIA LUDINGTON, ALEXA SNEDEKER, LAUREN VITARISI AND ALIA MARTONE.  MISSING FROM THE PICTURE ARE COACH BIANCA PAPPACODA AND PEYTON LEMAY.  PICTURED INSET RIGHT IS VITARISI DISPLAYING HER TWO HOME RUN BALLS.

 

18U GOLD WINS NUTMEG STATE GAMES & STING 10U CROWNED CVFL CHAMPS

STING OLDEST & YOUNGEST NET LATE JULY CHAMPIONSHIPS

                         

ON SUNDAY, JULY 24, SHORELINE STING WON AT BOTH ENDS OF THE AGE SPECTRUM, WITH 18U GOLD (PICTURED LEFT) RELIED ON INCREDIBLE POWER HITTING AND TENACIOUS PITCHING BY REESE MAIN TO WIN THE NUTMEG STATE GAMES IN MIDDLETOWN.  STING 18U GOLD BEAT STING 18U BLUE, CT ANGELS AND CT HORNETS IN THE ITB FINALS.  PICTURED ABOVE LEFT, STANDING COACH DAVID GAGE, ADDIE HAUPTMANN, CARLY LOPRESTO, PAYTON LOWE, REESE MAIN, VICTORIA GAGE, BELLA CORREA, CHRISTYNA WINSTEAD, COACH CHRIS WINSTEAD.  KNEELING BELOW ARE CHRISTINA LOMBARDI, MADDIE ALLARD, VIVIAN PARADIS, GRACE LATHROP AND PAIGE KOLESNIK.

STING 10U, PICTURED AT RIGHT, CULMINATED A LONG HARD SEASON WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY VS THE CT RAPIDS.  THE 10’S UPHELD THEIR #1 SEED, EARNED OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEASON, AND BEAT THE RAPIDS WITH ANOTHER STELLAR, NO HIT PERFORMANCE BY PITCHING ACE, CAMPBELL LECKEY.

STING 14U BLUE CHAMPIONS IN MASS

PICTURED ABOVE IS STING 14U BLUE, WINNERS OF “SUMMER BURN” IN MIDDLEBORO, MA.  FRONT ROW FROM LEFT:  LAUREN VITARISI, ALIA MARTONE, SOFIA LUDINGTON, SAM JOHNSON, MIA GAUTHIER.  BACK ROW:  ASHLEY BERARDESCA, HEAD COACH PAUL LUDINGTON, MADDIE DESTEFANO, ANNABELLE WENZEL, MALLORY SADORRA, ALEXA SNEDEKER, PEYTON LEMAY, EVE BACKHAUS, COACH BILL DESTEFANO, (MISSING FROM THE PICTURE IS COACH TOM MARTONE).

STING 14U BLUE WINS THE “SUMMER BURN” TOURNAMENT IN MIDDLEBORO, MA.  THE GIRLS TOOK HOME THE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY.  WITHOUT THE PRIVILEGE OF A BYE, THEY WON FOUR GAMES ON SUNDAY AS THE #5 SEED.  THEIR WINS INCLUDED “RUN LIMIT” WINS VS THE #1, #2 AND #4 SEEDS.  IT WAS A COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT.  ON SUNDAY, EVERY PLAYER ON THE ROSTER HAD AT LEAST ONE BASE HIT AND ALL THREE PITCHERS HAD A WIN.

USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL RUNNERS UP IN EASTERN QUALIFIER

STING 18U BLUE FINALISTS IN FIRECRACKER EXPLOSION IN MARYLAND

STANDING FROM LEFT: COACH PAUL HAMILTON, COACH ED HOBSON,KYLEIGH PINELL, JALYN REED, BRIANNA SEGAR, CAYLEE CLIETT, HANNA DIAS, KRISTIE ZATOR, JULIA SMITH, COACH ALEX BURDICK, COACH KATHY BURDICK,  KNEELING FROM LEFT, BROOKE LINARES, JILL COFRANCESCO, HANNAH BURROWS, ELLA “SWEET” PICKLES, EMMA McAVOY, CARLY BRASKY AND IN THE FRONT LACEY THE PUPPY.

16U OPENS SUMMER RUNNERS UP IN BRIDGEPORT


STING 16U OPENED THEIR SUMMER TOURNAMENT SEASON, FINISHING 2-1 IN SATURDAY POOL PLAY IN USA SOFTBALL’S “SOUND OF SOFTBALL” IN BRIDGEPORT, CT.  BEHIND NEWCOMER BREE GIRARD IN THE CIRCLE, STING DEFEATED THE RIDGEFIELD TIGERS AND THE CT PRIDE.  THE OFFENSE WAS LED BY THE HOT BATS OF MELANIE MARTIN (4-5), WITH A DOUBLE, TRIPLE AND HOME RUN ON THE DAY.  COURTNEY VAUSE CHECKED IN WITH A 4-4 DAY (WITH TWO WALKS)

ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY STING AVENGED THEIR ONLY SATURDAY LOSS, BEATING THE WILDCATS 8-2, BEHIND ANOTHER STRONG PITCHING PERFORMANCE BY GIRARDJAMIE BUCIOR TOOK THE BALL IN THE SEMI-FINALS AND LED STING TO A 13-4 VICTORY AGAINST THE RIDGEFIELD TIGERS.  BUCIOR WAS 2-2 AT THE PLATE, WITH A DOUBLE AND MARTIN ADDED ANOTHER TRIPLE ON THE WEEKEND.  STING MATCHED UP AGAINST THE BEACON EXTREME FROM NY IN THE FINALS.  THE GAME SAW FOUR LEAD CHANGES.  EXTREME PREVAILED TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP 6-5 ON THE FINAL PLAY OF THE GAME.  SPEEDSTER, ARLENE McKIERNAN STOLE EIGHT BASES OVER THE WEEKEND.

STING 16U IS PICTURED ABOVE.  STANDING FROM LEFT ARE, COACH DAN MARSH, JENNA SCHAUDER, TAYLOR FERRAIOLO, COURTNEY VAUSE, TEAGEN MULVIHILL, ANNA SOLIWODA, MELANIE MARTIN, ALYSSA MAIKOWSKI, BREE GIRARD, JAMIE BUCIOR, COACH MIKE BUCIOR AND COACH KATIE HOBSON.  KNEELING IN FRONT IS ARLENE McKIERNAN.  (MISSING FROM THE PICTURE IS JENNIE CRETELLA.)

18U BLUE APPEARS IN RI WAVES FINALS AND 10U GETS TO SEMIS IN MASS

BIG ONES & LITTLE ONES SUCCESSFULLY OPEN SUMMER OUT-OF-STATE

 

14U BLUE SILVER WINNERS AT CT TIDES SPRING SURGE

AFTER LOSING TWO SATURDAY “NAIL BITERS”, 14U BLUE STING, MANAGED TO BEAT THE CENTRAL MASS HEAT, BEHIND MALLORY SADORRA IN THE CIRCLE.  IN THE SUNDAY SEMIFINALS AGAINST THE CT ELIMINATORS, STING HELD A NARROW LEAD.  PITCHER ANNABELLE WENZEL STRUCK OUT TWO IN THE FINAL FRAME, BUT THE ELIMINATORS FOUGHT BACK, PUTTING RUNNERS ON FIRST AND SECOND.  EVE BACKHAUS ENDED THEIR HOPES, SNAGGING A LINE SHOT AT SECOND BASE, AND PUT STING INTO THE SILVER FINALS.  WENZEL GOT THE WIN IN THE CIRCLE WITH A FIVE-STRIKE OUT, FIVE INNING “RUN-LIMIT” VICTORY.  STING 14U IS PICTURED ABOVE:  BOTTOM FROM LEFT:  ALIA MARTONE, SOFIA LUDINGTON, LAUREN VITARISI, SAM JOHNSON AND ALEXA SNEDEKER.  STANDING FROM LEFT:  ASHLEY BERARDESCA, MADISON DISTEFANO, MALLORY SADORRA, ANNABELLE WENZEL, EVE BACKHAUS, PEYTON LEMAY AND MIA GAUTHIER.