Waves Roll In 12U!!! Express REPEATS As 14U Champs!!! Top Prospects Pladies Win An Extra-Inning Nail-Biter In 16U!!!
Now THIS was a fun tournament! The Thunderbirds treated participating teams to flyovers at all three game sites...the weather was pretty close to perfect, with temperatures in the low 80's and bluebird skies all weekend...rumors floated around that some teams threw caution to the wind and actually went for a swim in frigid Grand Traverse Bay, while others took a side trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and still others immersed themselves in the downtown action of the Cherry Festival. All three divisions dripped with excitement and intriguing story lines as the Bayside Bash raced toward the finish line. Where to start.....?
....How about with 12U? Sixteen teams populated the 12U division, including a hefty dose of northern Michigan squads and a equal amount of visiting teams from all corners of the state. After an exciting round of pool play with teams jockeying for position, and a frantic schedule of bracket play games on Sunday, Ryan Craig's 12U Waves team was left holding the championship hardware. The Waves squad, after solid showings in earlier Traverse City Summer Series tournaments, dismantled an excellent Alpena Thundercats team, 12-0, to take home their first championship win. Congratulations, ladies!!!
In the 12U consolation finals, the first-year Salt River Lady Bandits Red squad earned title honors with a 7-4 victory over Julie Mulder's West Michigan Riptide team.
Ben Lundquist's Cadillac Express team did something that hadn't been done since the 2013 Moran Iron Works Vulcans 16U team accomplished the feat in the Softball Spectacular tournament--the Express REPEATED as tournament champions! Last year's 14U Bayside Bash champion was THIS year's 14U Bayside Bash champion, courtesy of a 5-0 victory over Tony Menard's Grand Rapids Diamonds. The Express and the Diamonds put together sensational Sunday win streaks to reach the finals of a strong 20-team 14U division. Way to go, girls!!!
In the 14U consolation title game, the Lisle Slammers (Illinois) defeated the Michigan Rebels.
But without question, the most exciting championship game happened in the 16U division where the Top Prospects Pladies team met the South Farmington Wildcards. There were super-talented players all over the field...two evenly matched squads that battled back and forth for a rollicking eight innings before the Prospects pulled out a 13-12 walk-off win. The game lurched one way, then another, with both teams clubbing balls off the fence, with daring baserunners challenging the opposing outfielders at every turn, and with both teams generally throwing haymaker after haymaker in their turns at bat. It was as fun a game to watch as I can remember.
Down 9-6 in the bottom of the sixth, the Prospects plated three runs to send the game to extra innings. Each team scored a run in the seventh before the Wildcards took a two-run lead in the top of the eighth. With two out, the Prospects pushed one, then two, then the third--and winning run--across the plate, triggering a wild celebration. Trinity Westra, an All-Tournament Team selection, seemed to be in the middle of every Prospects rally. Fittingly, she scored the winning run. Sensational play by two tremendous, evenly matched teams...
We hope all of our participating teams and families enjoyed their weekend in Traverse City! Thank you for coming to our tournament...
(Shown above are members of the Cadillac Express, 14U Champions)
Dang. So they can do THAT! Here's a list of the top performers in the 2019 Bayside Bash. Presenting....the All-Tournament Team:
Maya Boertman - Inter Lakes Pride
Sophie Sosnowski - Inter Lakes Pride
Grace Lewis - TC Thunder
Sarah Ream - TC Thunder
Peja Liles - TC Waves
Zoey Jetter - TC Waves
Hayden Boonstra - TC Waves
Evelyn Nowicki - TC Waves
Selena Hochendoner - Hurricanes Fastpitch Robke
Katelyn Seeland - Hurricanes Fastpitch Robke
Allison Mohn - Salt River Bandits
Zola Smith - Salt River Bandits
Grace Cary - 231 Fusion
Addison Balentine - 231 Fusion
Adriana Sackett - 231 Fusion
Sydnee Kirk - Top Prospects
McKenzie Gugins - Top Prospects
Kyleigh Bilek - West Michigan Riptide
Ahria Doornbos - West Michigan Riptide
Madison Babinec - West Michigan Riptide
Addi Huffman - West Michigan Riptide
Ella Klimowicz - Oxford Wildcats
Kaylie Smith - Oxford Wildcats
Becca Allen - Lisle Slammers
Rhyan Hampton - Lisle Slammers
Emily Sweetland - Michigan Classics
Peyton Fether - Michigan Classics
Hannah Grahn - TC Waves 13U
Kate Gaylord - TC Waves 13U
Ashlyn Lundquist - Cadillac Express
Brooklyn Hoffert - Cadillac Express
Stella Balcom - Cadillac Express
Halle Richardson - Cadillac Express
Mia Clair - TC Thunder 13U
Taylor Phillips - TC Thunder 13U
Tatum Neubecker - Ogemaw Outlaws
Jorja Fox - Ogemaw Outlaws
Alicia Whissman - Ogemaw Outlaws
Maleah Rachow - Ogemaw Outlaws
Mikayln Kenney - Top Prospects
Presley Davis - Top Prospects
Ava Prielipp - Lakeshore Storm Taylor
Aubrey Taylor - Lakeshore Storm Taylor
Rachel Whitman - Saginaw Golds
Jerzy Peak - Saginaw Golds
Danielle Pettaway - South Farmington Wildcards
Delanie Buzler - South Farmington Wildcards
Sierra Holder - Top Prospects Pladies
Trinity Westra - Top Prospects Pladies
Caitlynn Duffey - Top Prospects Pladies
Alex Morton - Top Prospects Pladies
Payton Berard - Oxford Wildcats
Gabrielle Selewski - Oxford Wildcats
Allison Urlaub - Alpena Thundercats
Kitaira Cohoon - Alpena Thundercats
Ashley Chmielewski - Roscommon Royals
Audrey Tiepel - Roscommon Royals
Sage Jones - Lisle Slammers
Natalia Stanley - Lisle Slammers
**COACHES - IF YOU'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE TOP PERFORMERS ON YOUR TEAM FOR THE WEEKEND, PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM NOMINATIONS TO JSBRUNNER777@YAHOO.COM
Take a look at the top teams from the Bayside Bash!!!
Champion - TC Waves
Runner Up - Alpena Thundercats
Champion - Cadillac Express
Runner Up - Grand Rapids Diamonds
Champion - Top Prospects Pladies
Runner Up - South Farmington Wildcards
Champion - Michigan Outlaws
Runner Up - 231 Fusion Fastpitch
Champion - Cadillac Express
Runner Up - Lady Crusaders
**Pictured above are members of the 16U Top Prospects Pladies team, Bayside Bash Champions!