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Friday's pool play at the 11th annual Fastpitch Classic in Toledo started with a sluggish performace as Ann Arbor Gold topped Hurricane 4-2.
A 6-1 loss to Compuware put the Hurricane's backs against the wall in a difficult pool, but the Hurricane team came together for a big eleven hit, 9-0 win over the Turbos to wrap up Friday's games at the CYO complex.
Saturday's first game at Rolf Park was a nine hit, 6-1 victory over the Wizards, preserving the Hurricane's chances of advancing to elimination play. Then in pool game #5, the Hurricane faced a 3-1 Toledo Hurricanes squad. A four run Alle-West Hurricane first inning paved the way for an 11 hit, 6-2 victory over the Toledo Hurricanes, forcing a three-way tie for the second place slot in Sunday's elimination round. The Hurricane defense again saved the day - only 13 total runs allowed in five games of pool play, vs. Ann Arbor's 15 and Toledo Hurricanes' 16 - another successful Hurricane performance in pool play!
Sunday's elimination-round opponent at Rolf Park was a seasoned Michigan Panthers squad. The game featured superb defensive play from both teams, but the Panthers managed to earn a third-inning run that the Hurricane could not match. Hurricane runners were moved into scoring position in the third and seventh innings, but the Panthers held off those threats for a 1-0 victory. Players and parents alike had a great time at Toledo - congrats to the Hurricane ladies!
In Saturday's first game at the Beaver Bash, a sluggish Hurricane start resulted in a 5-2 loss to Power (Hanlon). Pool game #2 was a nine-hit Hurricane performance, an 8-2 win over the Fairview Flames. Hurricane game #3 was a 13-hit attack on the Washington Wildfire for a 6-1 victory. Another Hurricane first-place pool finish!
Elimination round: A 12-hit Hurricane performance allowed a seventh-inning comeback to tie the Vipers, but the Hurricane gave up one run to the Vipers as the rain-soaked ball affected play at the start of the international tiebreaker.
Then the rain stopped for the Hurricane batters - giving a lift to the Viper defense. As the bases were loaded with Hurricane runners, the final out of the game came at home on a tag-up scoring attempt. Final score: Vipers 4, Hurricane 3.
2 wins vs. 2 losses left the team disappointed, but the Hurricane bats came alive - a fine hitting performance to go along with the tough Hurricane defense!
4 Hurricane wins vs 1 loss at Cranberry's Pittsburgh Power PSF Grand Slam Tournament...
Friday's first game was a 5-0 Hurricane victory over Metro Express. Then the Hurricane achieved another first-place pool finish with a 7-0 victory over Blue Lightning and a 9-0 win vs Power Bendel.
In the elimination round, Hurricane topped Thunder Orange 8-0. Then in a quarterfinal matchup, Hurricane bats went silent as the Erie Frost cruised to an 8-0 shutout victory.
The Hurricane ravaged Finleyville on Saturday, June 18 with wins over Erie Frost (7-4), Waynesburg Thunder (11-0), Vipers (2-0) and Freedom (6-0), ending pool play with a 4-0 record, and the number one seed for the elimination round.
On Sunday, June 19, the Hurricane defeated Thunder (5-1), then battled the Renegades in the semi-final game. The Hurricane took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then relied on excellent pitching and superb defensive play to carry that lead into the 7th inning. A Renegade extra-base hit in inning 7 resulted in a close play at home which scored the tying run, followed quickly by the winning run from the very next batter.
Congratulations to the Renegades - great game!
This 3rd-place finish paves the way for future Hurricane successes!
The first stop on the Summer 2005 Hurricane tour was the NSA/WPA State Championship at Penn Township - Sunday and Monday, 29 & 30-MAY.
Hurricane victories over Evolution, Metro Express, and Vipers resulted in a winning record at the season's first tournament. Saturday's rain, along with Sunday and Monday losses to the Roadrunners White by identical 5-0 scores dampened the Holiday weekend, but agressive defensive play and excellent pitching proved that the Alle-West Hurricane will compete at a very high level.
Congratulations ladies - keep up the hard work!