SOFTBALL Valley Sting goes unbeaten in national meet to win title
The 12-and-younger squad won eight games in the NSA B World Series.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Valley Sting Purple 12-and-younger traveling softball team recently went 8-0 to win the National Softball Association's 82-team B World Series.
In the championship game, Sting (58-15), which is made up of players from Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, defeated Columbia Heat from Tennessee, 4-3, under the international tiebreaker format.
With the Heat ahead 2-0 in the first inning, the Sting tied the game after Jillian Moga of Kingsville and Lia Gordon of Leavittsburg hit two-out singles.
After Moga stole third to advance both runners, Kasey Karr of Champion hit a two-run single for a 2-2 score.
Dominant: Karr and the Sting defense allowed only two Heat base-runners over the next six innings.
The Heat defense also was tough, robbing Darlene Bott of Kingsville twice of what could have been extra-base hits with runners on base.
In the tiebreaker, the Heat scored once after loading the bases. Karr struck out two batters to end the inning.
Allie Patton of Poland was awarded second base to begin Sting's extra session at bat.
After Ashley Conger of Poland sacrificed Patton to third base with a bunt, Amber Adley of Kingsville singled to tie the game, 3-3.
After Jenna Susany of Poland reached base on an infield hit, Trisha Dreslinski advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Winning run: Jaclyn Carpenter's hard hit to the Heat second baseman forced a low throw that brought home Adley with the winning run and the national title.
In the winner's bracket finale, Sting defeated Virginia's Dixie Chicks, 6-2, as Carpenter tossed a two-hitter.
In the tournament opener, Karr pitched a four-hitter and had two hits as Sting defeated the Sarasota (Fla.) Heat, 7-2. Adley had three hits while Patton connected for two.
After the Sting's 7-0 victory over the Indiana Rockers, Carpenter tossed a six-hitter as Sting defeated the Blue Jays of Virginia, 5-2. Susany drove in two runs with two hits.
Injury: Ciera Urichich of Poland played in the first three games but injured an ankle and saw limited action.
In the Sting's 7-2 win over the Akron Rebels, Karr was the winning pitcher and drove in three runs while Gordon had two hits.
Carpenter scattered four hits as Sting defeated the previously-unbeaten Wildfire from North Carolina, 9-4. Carpenter's two hits included a two-run triple while Patton had two hits and three RBIs. Gordon had three hits and Karr two.
Karr fired a one-hitter as Sting defeated Florida's West Pine Diamond Dusters.