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ASA 14B State Tourney Champs! Updated 8/19/2012



The Silver Lake Slammers 14U Fast-Pitch Softball Team were champions of the Mass JR Olympic ASA 14U Class B State Tournament held in Swansea, MA this past weekend.  How they achieved this was nothing short of incredible. After losing their first game in extra innings at the start of the tourney, the team entered the "loser's bracket" and would have to continue winning, as their next loss would knock them out of this double elimination tournament.

                The weekend kicked off with an early Saturday morning game against a very strong Marlboro Thunder squad. This quickly turned into a pitcher's duel between Marlboro's pitcher and Slammers ace Maddy Barone, combining for 32 K's, before Marlboro won it in extra innings 1-0. This result forced the Slammers into the "loser's bracket", meaning they would have a long road ahead of them of back-to-back games, with their next loss resulting in elimination.

            The girls first faced the Western MA Intensity, and got off to a slow start giving up 4 unearned runs early in the game. However the bats slowly woke up led by Hannah Johnson's 2 hits & 4 RBI, Julia Riordan's 2 hits & 2 runs and Leah Mackiewicz's 2 hits & 3 RBI, to pull out a 10-5 victory. Next up the girls made quick work of the Natick Red Rage, with a 16-0 3-inning mercy rule victory. Ari Levenson (triple, 3 RBI), Lea Mason (2 runs, 2 RBI) & Barone (3 triples, 3 runs) paced the offense. Olivia Macomber pitched 2 perfect innings. Next up was the H.E. Hurricanes and despite only 5 hits, it was enough to pull out a 1-0 victory. Anna Battista's clutch 2-out single early in the game scored Kelly Danahy with the game's only run and Barone tossed a 17 strikeout no-hitter. Severe weather then ended the day early.

            On Sunday morning, first pitch against Hudson Heat was at 7:00am. Again the girls were able to pull out another 1-0 victory. Lici Kelley was this game's hero, singling in Shannon Grindle with the only run of the game. Becca Hapgood made a big defensive play in left field and Barone K'ed 14 in the shutout. Next up was the Lady Strike Zone team. Strike Zone scored a quick run in the top of the first and took a 1-0 lead into the 4th inning. Mason and Mackiewicz led off with walks and both scampered home on Grindle's RBI single for a 2-1 lead. In the 6th inning Libby Czarniak dropped down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Kelley for a final score of 3-1. For their third game on Sunday, the girls knocked off Dighton Blizzard 8-0 in a 5 inning mercy-rule shortened match. Danahy (2 hits, 2 runs), Macomber (2 hits, 2 runs) and Johnson (3 hits, 2 RBI) paced the offense. Game four of the day found the Slammers facing the Merrimac Valleys Vipers. Levenson, Hapgood and Czarniak made big defensive plays and the offense mixed in some small ball to pull out a 7-2 victory.

            The girls were now looking at their 5th game in a row and fatigue was starting to set in. Next up was the Methuen Rangers in the Losers bracket final, as there were now only 3 of the original 22 teams remaining in the tournament. The girls jumped on the Rangers right away in the first inning as Battista's 2-RBI double and a Mackiewicz Sac Fly gave them a 3-0 lead. Riordan made a big catch in left field to end a potential rally. The girls put it away in the 4th led by another Battista 2-run double and rbi hits by Czarniak and Macomber (3 for 3). Barone K'ed 10 and the game was ended after 5 innings by mercy-rule 9-1.

            Now it was on to the final and fittingly the team waiting there was Marlboro Thunder, who had handed the Slammers their only loss at the start of the tourney. The Thunder was rested and ready, having only played 4 games to this point, while the Slammers were now starting their 10th game of the weekend. And the Slammers also would have to beat the Thunder twice to capture the title.

        The Slammers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Thunder answered right back with a run of their own, making it 2-1 after one inning. It would stay that way until the 3rd inning when Grindle stepped to the plate and slammed an 0-2 pitch over the left-center field fence and into the parking lot for a game-breaking 3-run home-run. Each team would add a run for a 6-2 Slammers victory. Danahy & Barone combined to go 7 for 7 with 5 runs scored to pace the offense, while Mason & Czarniak made big inning ending defensive plays.

         It was now down to one last game. Danahy led off the game with a single and Barone quickly tripled her in for a 1-0 lead, but the Thunder came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to even the score at 1-1. Midway through the game the coaching staff discussed removing Barone from the circle as she was running on fumes at this point (66 innings, 112 K's, 5 earned runs), but she would have nothing to do with coming out after getting this far. Strong defensive plays by Johnson, Macomber and Levenson helped keep the game at 1-1 until the top of the 7th. Sparkplug Danahy led off with a walk, advanced to 2nd on an infield out and then to 3rd on a Thunder error. With two outs the stage was set for Battista to play the hero and she came through with an RBI infield single plating Danahy with the go ahead run. In the bottom of the 7th, with one out and the potential tying run on first, 2nd baseman Danahy ended any chance of a Thunder comeback with a highlight reel, tournament ending double-play. The Slammers had just played 7 games in 11 hours on Sunday (11 for the weekend), an unprecedented feat.


Tewksbury "Think Pink" Tourney Updated 6/26/2012


         The Slammers were champions of the Tewksbury "Think Pink" Girls Softball Tournament this past weekend, going undefeated with a 7-0 record. The weekend kicked off with three pool-play game victories on Saturday, all ended by mercy rule. In game #1 they knocked off the Dracut Dominators 10-0, as Julia Riordan (on base 3X, 3 runs) and Kelly Danahy (3 hits, 2 runs) paced the offense and Maddy Barone hurled a perfect game with 13K's. In game #2, the girls defeated the Westford Waves, 9-1 behind Emily Hayes's one-hitter, while Ari Levenson (2 bunt hits, 2-runs) and Leah Mackiewicz (2 hits, 3 RBI) led the offense. In the final pool play game the Slammers beat the Merrimac Valley Vipers by a score of 8-0. Catcher Hannah Johnson led the offense with 3 hits and 2 runs. Anna Battista slammed a clutch 2-run double and Lici Kelley was on base 3 times.  The girls finished pool play as the #1 seed.

          On Sunday Elimination day, the girls made quick work of New England Firebirds, gaining a 4 inning mercy rule victory. Becca Hapgood (2-2, 2 RBI), Battista (2 hits, 2 runs) and Libby Czarniak (on base 3X, 3 runs) had big offensive games. Barone tossed the shutout and helped herself with 3 doubles and 6 RBI. Next up in the Quarterfinal game was the Central Mass Storm. The bats were slamming as the girls pulled out an 8-0 win. Levenson (2 bunt hits, 2 runs), Johnson (3 hits, 2 RBI, 3 runs), Danahy (3 hits, 2 runs) & Kelley (2 hits, 3 RBI) paced the offense and Barone tossed her 4th shutout of the tourney.

         On to the Semi-Final, where the girls matched up against the Tewksbury Redmen, who also came into this game undefeated. As the bats started slowly, Shortstop Czarniak and left fielder Riordan made great defensive plays in the early innings to keep the Redmen from taking a lead. Shannon Grindle got the offense going with a long 2-run double in the 3rd inning, and Lea Mason stole 2nd, 3rd and Home to put the Slammers up for good. Emily Hayes, pitching with two broken toes, pitched 7 gutty innings, striking out 6 and only allowing 1 walk to pick up the 8-5 victory.

        In the Championship Game, the Slammers were pitted against the undefeated Methuen Rangers. With Barone unavailable and Hayes unable to go due to injury, the coaching staff gave the ball to third baseman Leah Mackiewicz. Danahy led off the game with a walk, moved to third on a Grindle single and then scored on a wild pitch for a quick 1-0 lead. That was all the scoring for the next four innings, as both teams struck hard hit balls all over the field, but fielders on both sides made great plays. The Slammers then opened it up in the 5th as Riordan (2 hits, 2 runs) and Danahy led off with back-to-back singles. Grindle, Johnson & Kelley then followed with RBI singles for a 4-0 lead. In the 6th, Mason led off with a single, stole 2nd and then Mackiewicz drove her in. Grindle then added a 200 foot double to left center to score 2 more making it 7-0 going into the final frame. After the leadoff runner reached to start the inning, Czarniak turned a rally killing double play. After the final out, Mackiewicz was swarmed by her teammates after finishing the complete game shutout.

Pool Play:

Slammers 10- Dracut Dominators 0

Slammers 9 - Westford Waves 1

Slammers 8 - Merrimac Valley Vipers 0


Slammers 12 - NE Firebirds 0

QuarterFinal - Slammers 8 - Central Mass Storm 0

SemiFinal - Slammers 8 - Tewksbury Redmen  5

Final -        Slammers 7 - Methuen Rangers 0


14U Silver Lake Slammers Updated 11/23/2011

2011-2012 14U



Anna Battista

Lea Mason

Ari Levenson

Kelly Danahy

Emily Hayes

Libby Czarniak

Hannah Johnson

Maddy Barone

Olivia Macomber

Julia Riordan

Lici Kelley

Shannon Grindle

Rebecca Hapgood  Leah Mackiewicz

Sharon Tourney Sept 17-18 Updated 9/21/2011