After sending three teams to national tournaments in the summer of 2010, the community of Claremont CA is building on that success by sending its Girls 10U Winterball team to a prestigious tournament in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
This is no ordinary Winterball team. Its core is made up of last year’s 10U Silver Team, with an infusion of youth and veterans. The team posted an impressive 16-4-2 record during the season, and captured the second place trophy in the 13th annual San Dimas Winterball Tournament.
The 13 girl roster has changed only slightly for the trip to Vegas. Unfortunately, the changes could have important ramifications. The two girls not making the trip were the two most consistent pitchers during the season.
Mitigating the loss is the addition of two players off last year’s 9th place Nationals squad, including the dominating pitcher affectingly called Tugboat and a multi-position player who earned the nickname Clutch during the nationals run.
The heart and soul of the team is a group of young ladies who have either played together or against each other since their 8U season. As eight year olds, they took 2nd place in districts and state, so they know well the taste of victory.
Here is the roster for the 2010 Las Vegas Winter Classic:
Adrian – second base and outfield, leader in sac bunts, second fewest errors on team
Alexis – youngster coming up from 8U, plays first and outfield, second in put-outs on team
Ambur – veteran of the Nationals squad, catcher and center fielder, threw out two batters at first from center during the season, leader in slugging percentage, second in walks
Angie – another youngster from 8U, plays solid outfield
Bailey – starter at third and catcher, team leader in hits, rbi’s, runs, walks, and steals, made only four errors in 31 chances
Chandler – veteran of the Nationals squad, starting pitcher, moving up to 12’s next season, added to roster for tournament
Diana – reserve pitcher, plays third and outfield, made only one error this season
Emmy- leader in batting average and on-base percentage, right fielder, moved up from 8U this season
Kalena – veteran of the Nationals squad, moving up to 12’s next season, plays all infield positions and pitcher, added to roster for tournament
Kyla – great range at shortstop – second on team in assists, reserve pitcher, tied for lead in steals, second in walks, third in on-base percentage
Makayla – starting catcher, solid fielder, tied for lead in hits, second in rbi’s and runs, made great running catch in semi-final tournament game to shut down rally
Rebecca – awesome range at 2nd – leader in assists, second in steals, tied for lead in fewest strikeouts and errors
Skylar – starting 1st baseman – team leader with 54 put-outs, on-field leader, great presence in the dugout
There you have it. Coach Augie Mora has a solid team, and his confidence in their abilities has enabled this collection of young ladies to come together as a team. They look to make a name for themselves during this tournament, and to build a foundation for the upcoming spring season.
There is one sure bet this weekend in Vegas, though, and it is that the Foothill Fury is putting all the chips on the table, and they are not bluffing!