Well, THAT was a lot of fun!
The fields at the Civic Center--after they were cleared of water by the hard-working tournament crew and some welcomed helpers--were filled with cheering, team chants, solid play and the excitement of a new softball year starting for the teams that participated in the 2019 Futures Challenge.
At the end of the day, three teams were crowned as champions: The Michigan Sabercats (10U division), 231 Fusion Fastpitch - Steimel (12U division) and Traverse City Waves - Shepherd (14U division).
In the 10U group, Bryan Morrissey's impressive squad rolled through the competition, their efforts culminating in a 13-1 victory over the 231 Fusion in the championship game. Great job!
In the 12U division, the Fusion edged a tough-as-nails Expos team, 6-5, to win the tournament title. The Fusion's victory was punctuated by an over-the-fence home run by Grace Cary. Paul Kunitzer's Expos team played five--FIVE!--games back-to-back, seemingly getting stronger each game.
In the 14U group, Doug Shepherd's Traverse City Waves overcame the Michigan Rebels, 13-3, to capture the Futures title trophy. The 14U division was hotly contested and featured excellent play by all teams. Way to go, ladies!
We hope everyone enjoyed the day in Traverse City!
Sarah Gaylord - TC Waves
Braylynn Peterson - TC Waves
Adalyn Griffore - 231 Fusion
Sydney Fleming - 231 Fusion
Jillian Moazeni - 231 Fusion
Madisyn Fales - 231 Fusion
Kamryn Clark - Michigan Sabercats
Hayley Southard - Michigan Sabercats
Kelcey Osborne - Michigan Sabercats
Linzie Denhof - Michigan Sabercats
Grace Cary - 231 Fusion Steimel
Kayla Milarch - 231 Fusion Steimel
Nora Bethuy - 231 Fusion Steimel
Hailey Hart - 231 Fusion Steimel
Sarah Wooer - TC Thunder
Claire Hurley - TC Thunder
Ella Wilson - Michigan Expos
Allyson Duncan - Michigan Expos
Kylynn Thompson - Michigan Expos
Miyesha Baumgardner - Michigan Expos
Ashlyn Cummings - TC Waves
Anna Tabaczka - TC Waves
Kelsey Quiggin - TC Thunder Hawkins
Caitlin Butzin - TC Thunder Hawkins
Allie Hawkins - TC Thunder Hawkins
Elayna Benaway - TC Thunder Hawkins
Zoey Jetter - TC Waves Liles
Audrey Williams - TC Waves Liles
Taylor Noble - TC Waves Liles
Quinn Boyle - TC Waves Liles
Hannah Grahn - TC Waves Shepherd
Brooke Smith - TC Waves Shepherd
Maggie Napont - TC Waves Shepherd
Rylea Beamish - TC Waves Shepherd
(Coaches: Please send your nominations to JSBrunner777@yahoo.com if you'd like to recognize some of your players for their performance in the tournament)
Thank you to the Great Wolf Lodge for sponsoring the 2019 Waves Softball Tournaments Visiting teams: Contact Brett Bowman at 231-534-9074 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve rooms for the tournament weekends.