The Northern Classic, in its 13th year in 2020, offers a chance for teams in the 16U division to join the 10U, 12U and 14U groups for a fun, high-quality post-school tournament in Traverse City. Many families combine the Northern Classic weekend of softball with an early summer getaway. Traverse City is less busy than later in the summer, but the waters in and around the area are warming up and there is a LOT to do in the surrounding area. The 2020 Northern Classic has been rescheduled to the weekend of July 17-19. For teams interested in playing, please send a note of interest to Tournament Director Jeff Brunner at JSBrunner777@yahoo.com.
It was the worst of times....it was the best of times.
This year's Northern Classic was an exercise in yelling at Mother Nature for the torrential downpour on Friday and again on early Saturday morning, then working to get the fields ready for the rest of the tournament. Once the games started, the action was fast and furious and resulted in champions being crowned in four divisions.
In the 10U group, 231 Fusion Fastpitch made it two Traverse City tournaments titles in a row. Last week's Spring Splash winner, the Fusion team silenced the TC Thunder, 10-0, in the Northern Classic final.
In the 12U group, Jake Johnston's Mt. Pleasant Drillers team beat the TC Thunder, 16-1, to win the Northern Classic title. The Drillers advanced to the finals with a win over the TC Waves, while Jason Hamilton's Thunder squad downed the West Michigan Outlaws Blue to join the medal round.
In 14U, the 231 Fusion - Tiesworth (Juli Tiesworth) squad edged Ben Lundquist's Cadillac Express, 3-2, in the championship game.
Finally, in the 16U group co-champions Elite 16U and Mid-Michigan Bolts earned crowns based on their 3-0 record and low number of runs allowed in 3 games of pool play. The West Michigan Outlaws earned third place honors with a 3-0 record but more runs allowed, while Warrior Nation was top among a group of 2-and-1 teams and captured fourth place.
THANK YOU to all of the teams that hung in there and waited for the fields to clear and become playable. Also, a special thank you to Phil Meeker for helping so much at SEAS, and all of the parents who chipped in to get the field at TC West ready on Saturday.
(Above, the 231 Fusion - Tiesworth team joins the Cadillac Express after the championship game to pose for the cameras. Congratulations, Ladies!
Here are the All-Tournament Team selections for the 2019 Northern Classic. Congratulation, Ladies!!! Above, the Mid-Michigan Bolts and Elite 16U teams--co-champions in the 16U division--get together following play on Sunday.
Coaches: If your team is not shown and you'd like to nominate your players, please email JSBrunner777@yahoo.com with your selections.
Jillian Moazeni - 231 Fusion
Delaney Witkop - 231 Fusion
Claire McDaniel - 231 Fusion
Piper Cavanaugh - 231 Fusion
Mallorie Louch - Mid-Michigan Heat
Grace Flansberg - Mid-Michigan Heat
Brooklyn Fischer - TC Thunder
Claire Hurley - TC Thunder
Grace Merchant - TC Thunder
Reese Jones - TC Thunder
Anika Peterson - TC Waves
Taryn Beamish - TC Waves
Autumn McSawby - Northwest Wild
Kayla Milarch - Northwest Wild
Lauren Tkach - TC Waves
Hannah Fellows - TC Waves
Zoey Jetter - TC Waves
Camryn Craig - TC Waves
Grace Lewis - TC Thunder
Lucy Uy - TC Thunder
Ella Schram - TC Thunder
Jordan LaFleur - TC Thunder
Addison Spicer - Michigan Blasters
Emmalee Shankel - Michigan Blasters
Hunter St. Peter - 231 Fusion
Adriana Sackett - 231 Fusion
Rylie Groggo - Michigan Rage
Melody Filipiak - Michigan Rage
Karly Roelofs - TC Thunder 14U
Emma Blach - TC Thunder 14U
Jordyn Grant - Motor City Hit Dogs
Hope Sneizek - Motor City Hit Dogs
Caitlin Butzin - TC Thunder 13U
Kelsey Quiggin - TC Thunder 13U
Brooklyn Hoffert - Cadillac Express
Ashlyn Lundquist - Cadillac Express
Georgia Meyer - Cadillac Express
Jacelyn Moggo - Cadillac Express
Kaci Sowers - 231 Fusion
Sophie Wisniski - 231 Fusion
Jaycee Mitchell - 231 Fusion
Brooke Meeker - 231 Fusion
Maggie Napont - TC Waves 13U
Brooke Smith - TC Waves 13U
Reagan Middleton - Northwest Wild
Jazmyn Correl - Northwest Wild
Madison Wilkinson - Moran Iron Works Vulcans
Shelby Yoder - Moran Iron Works Vulcans
Anna Terwilliger - MBS Jets Gold 15U
Kindra Winters - MBS Jets Gold 15U
Ashley Chmielewski - Roscommon Royals
Allison Brown - Roscommon Royals
Karlee Erickson - Roscommon Royals
Above, the 2016 16U Division champions, TC Thunder
Check out the teams that have hoisted the Northern Classic Championship Trophy.
10U Division - 231 Fusion Fastpitch
12U Division - Mt. Pleasant Drillers - Johnston
14U Division - 231 Fusion - Tiesworth
16U Division - Elite 16U and Mid-Michigan Bolts (co-champions)
10U Division-Mt. Pleasant Drillers
12U Division-Eagles Fastpitch
14U Division-Niles Nitro - Johnson
16U Division-Elite 15U
10U Division-Elite 10U
12U Division-231 Fusion Fastpitch
14U Division-231 Fusion Fastpitch
16U Division-Jenison Wildcat Pride
10U Division-Hudsonville Havoc
12U Division-Hudsonville Havoc
14U Division-Ogemaw Outlaws
16U Division-TC Thunder 16U
10U Division-Ogemaw Outlaws
12U Division-Mid-Michigan Lightning Blue
14U Division-Morgan's Fastpitch
16U Division-Mid-Michigan Heat
12U Division-Mid-Michigan Heat
14U Division-Mid-Michigan Heat
16U Division-Mid-Michigan Heat
12U Division-Lakeshore Storm Blue
14U Division-Queens of Diamonds
16U Division-Northern Storm
12U Division-Alpena Thundercats
14U Division-West Michigan Bandits
12U Division-Petoskey Blaze
14U Division-Petoskey Blaze
16U Division-Alpena Thundercats
12U Division-Traverse City Waves Gold
14U Division-Mid-Michigan Firestix
16U Division-Mid-Michigan Firestix
12U Division-MBS Jets Yellow
14U Division-Moran Iron Works Vulcans
12U Division-Moran Iron Works Vulcans
14U Division-Tawas Waves
LOTS of teams make the Great Wolf Lodge their Home Base when they're in Traverse City for a softball weekend. Contact Brett Bowman at 231-534-9074 (email@example.com) the to line up your team's stay!