If your team wants to combine a fast-paced quality softball tournament with all that there is to do in Traverse City on the opening weekend of the National Cherry Festival, then the Bayside Bash is for you. Play your games during the morning or early afternoon, then spend the rest of the day exploring the sites in and around Traverse City. Ask our local tournament staff for their recommendations of what to do and where to go--we love seeing our participating teams have lots of fun!
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Outlaws Prevail In 12U!!! Express Records First-Ever TC Title!!! Flyovers, Hot Temps Highlight Inaugural Bayside Bash Tourney!!!
Heat! Planes! Outlaws! Express! The inaugural Bayside Bash tournament had it all on a super-busy Cherry Festival weekend in Traverse City. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90's tested the mettle of players and the hardiness of fans all weekend, but several teams cooled down by going for a dip in Grand Traverse Bay or, in many cases, in the pools of the Great Wolf Lodge. During the weekend, teams were treated to flyovers by the Navy's Blue Angels squadron along with many other featured aircraft, a treat that added a whole new level of excitement (and distraction!) to the tournament games.
On the field, more long-ball action happened in the 12U division for the second week in a row. This time, it was the hometown TC Waves showing off their muscle. Waves players Hannah Grahn and Brooke Smith belted home runs in their pool game against the eventual champion Michigan Outlaws. It was the first over-the-fence blast for both players. The Waves went on to lose a tight 4-3 game to the hometown 231 Fusion Fastpitch team in the tournament semi-finals. In the title game, Mike Fadie's Outlaws squad overpowered the Fusion, 5-0, to take the tournament title. For Mike Garver's Fusion team, it was another strong showing and a well-played tourney finale. Congratulations to all of the 12U teams!
In the 14U group, Ben Lundquist's Cadillac Express went unbeaten throughout the tourney to take home the home plate trophy and first place medals. The Express squad, which has improved dramatically since last season, edged a game Lady Crusader's team 10-6 in the championship game.
Thank you to the lineup of teams and their fans that made the weekend in Traverse City a fun one!
Here is the list of players that tore it up during the Bayside Bash weekend! Congratulations to the members of the All Tournament Team.
Abby Lindstrom-TC Waves 12U
Brooke Smith-TC Waves 12U
Kate Gaylord-TC Waves 12U
Amanda Hill-Cadillac Express
Madisyn Lundquist-Cadillac Express
Lydia Heymes-231 Fusion
Caitlin Butzin-231 Fusion
Ryleigh Yocum-231 Fusion
McKenna Gilde-Cadillac Express
Ashlyn Lundquist-Cadillac Express
Brooklyn Hoffert-Cadillac Express
Madyson Smith-Cadillac Express
Khloe Wilson-Quad City Storm
Faith Hauger-Quad City Storm
Mackenzie Collar-Lakeshore Storm
Riley Gruppen-Lakeshore Storm
Gabby Kline-Lady Crusaders
Melanie Hall-Lady Crusaders
Oliviah Hanson-Lady Crusaders
Jaynie Hamilton-Lady Crusaders
Madison Milot-Michigan Riptide
Sarah McGlynn-Michigan Riptide
Kyra Lucas-Alpena Thundercats
Taelyn Eberline-Alpena Thundercats
Hot temps couldn't keep these teams down! Here are the finalists from the inaugural Bayside Bash:
Champion - Michigan Outlaws
Runner Up - 231 Fusion Fastpitch
Champion - Cadillac Express
Runner Up - Lady Crusaders
**Pictured above arre members of the 14U Cadillac Express and the Lady Crusaders. Congratulations, ladies, on your excellent play and sportsmanship all weekend!