Mavericks Finish 2nd in Colonia Summer Cyclone PONY NQ
The Montgomery Mavericks 16U team continued their strong start to the summer season with a runner up finish at the Colonia Summer Cyclone PONY National Qualifier tournament. The Mavericks lost an exciting championship game to the Paramus Rising by the score of 4-3.
The weekend started with Saturday Pool play. The Mavericks finished the day with a 2-1 record only giving up 6 runs during the day. The girls opened up with a 9-1 victory over the North Jersey Panthers Red team. Following a tough 4-1 loss to the Clifton Cobras, the team bounced back to end the day with a 13-1 win over the NJ Fury. The day resulted in the Mavericks earning the 4th seed for Sunday's single elimination bracket play.
Sunday started with a quarterfinal game against the 5th seeded Suffern Stix. The game was scoreless through 4 innings before the Stix scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning. The Mavericks battled back to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. The bottom of the 7th was full of excitement as the girls tied the score with one out and pushed across the winning run with two outs for a 4-3 victory. Next up was a semi-final game against the North Jersey Panthers Black. The girls came out hitting early and often and rode a 10 run first inning to a 10-0 victory. The finals against the 2nd seeded Rising was back and forth with the Mavericks holding leads of 1-0 and 3-1. But a Rising rally in the bottom of the 6th inning allowed them to take a 4-3 lead and they hung on for the victory.
Congratulations to the girls on a great weekend of softball!
Mavericks 16U Win Middletown Flames Summer Classic
The Montgomery Mavericks 16U fought back from a tough Saturday to sweep four games on Sunday to win the championship of the Middletown Flames Summer Classic. The Mavericks defeated the North Edison Blue Devils 10-2 in the championship game to cap off a long weekend of softball.
Saturday pool play started on a good note for the girls as they battled to defeat the Linden Tigers 4-2. After that, the girls bats went silent as they were shut out in consecutive games losing to the Ewing Edge Blue 7-0 and North Edison 3-0. Their Saturday pool play record of 1-2 made the Mavericks the 8th seed in the 12 team tournament.
The Sunday road to the championship required the girls to play 4 consecutive games starting with an 11am rematch against the 7th seeded Ewing Edge Blue team. The girls came out swinging and combined with great pitching from our two pitchers led to a 8-0 five inning victory. This led to a quarterfinal game against the host team and 2nd seeded Middletown Flames. The Flames scored a quick run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Mavericks tied the score with a run in the 4th inning and then pushed acrossed a run in the top of the sixth for a 2-1 lead. Great pitching and defense allowed the two runs to hold up for a 2-1 victory and a trip to the semi-finals. Waiting next for the girls was the 3rd seeded Morgan Magic. The Mavs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Magic battled back to tie the score 2-2 with two runs in the 3rd inning. In the 5th inning the Mavericks bats came to life to complement the great pitching and they pushed across 6 runs to lead them to a 9-3 victory. In the finals against the North Edison Blue Devils the girls got off to a quick start with 3 runs in the first inning and tacked on two more in the 3rd for a 5-0 lead. Once again great pitching, defense and timely hitting allowed the girls to win the championship game by a score of 10-2.
Congratulations to the girls on a great weekend of softball.
16U Mavericks Finish 2nd in Outlaws Indepdence Day Blast
The 16U Mavericks finished a long weekend of softball with a 2nd place finish in the Outlaws Independence Day Blast in Bethlehem, Pa.
Saturday did not start out good for the Mavericks as they were shut down in game one by the Lehigh Valley Thunder by a score of 4-1. Next up for the Mavericks were the Harleysville Thunderbirds and the Mavericks made up for their lack of hitting in game one and came out smoking on their way to a 13-6 victory. Game three against the Linden Lady Tigers turned into a defensive struggle as the game was scoreless after 5 innings. However, the Mavericks were able to push across 4 runs in the 6th inning to post a 4-1 victory. The Mavericks 2-1 record for the day earned them the 2nd seed out of 11 teams heading into Sunday's single elimination play.
Sunday started with the same opponent as Saturday, the Lehigh Valley Thunder. Once again the game was low scoring as both team exhibited great pitching and defense. The Mavericks managed to push across 3 runs in the fourth inning which proved to be enough on their way to a 3-0 win. Next up was the tough Lionville Lightning who had defeated the Mavericks earlier this season. This game featured two similar teams and the game was tight throughout. The Lightning got a first inning run for a quick 1-0 lead. The Mavericks battled back with a run in the 3rd inning to tie the game. From there on out it was great play after great play to keep the game tied heading into the bottom of the 7th. A one out walk got to second on a goundout and scored on a dramatic 2 out single for a 2-1 Mavericks victory.
In the finals, the Mavericks were out of gas after playing the entire day with only 9 girls. They hung tough for the first 4 innings, trailing 4-2 before the X-Plosion flexed their muscles and added 6 runs in the the 5th and 6th inning to win the Championship game by a score of 10-2.
16u Mavericks Win Howell Heatwave Tournament
For the second consecutive weekend the 16U Mavericks brought home a tournament victory by defeating the Central Jersey Tornado in the Championship game of the Howell Heatwave Tournament.
The girls started the weekend with a 2-1 record in Saturday pool play which earned them the 2nd seed for Sunday's single elimination bracket play. The games on Saturday were all hard fought and played in extreme heat but the girls took home victories against the Central Jersey Tornado (7-3) and Howell Heat White (7-1) and lost a tough game to the Morgan Magic 3 to 2.
Sunday started with a 10:15am game against the 7th seeded Lady Tigers from Staten Island. The Mavericks broke open a tight 1-0 game with 7 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning on their way to a 8-0 victory. The semi-finals were against the 3rd seeded Morgan Magic that had defeated the Mavericks on Saturday. A tight game with great pitching and defense was tied after 7 innings 2 to 2 which led to using the International Tiebreaker in the 8th inning. After holding the Magic scoreless in the top of the 8th the Mavericks had a chance to win in the bottom of the 8th but had a runner thrown out on a close play at home, so off the game went to the 9th inning. In the top of the 9th the Magic executed perfectly and scored 2 runs to take a 4-2 lead. The bottom of the 9th brought a frantic Mavericks rally as the girls pounded out 3 straight hits to score 3 runs and advancing to the finals with a 5-4 victory. The finals against the Tornado was a great example of great softball by both teams. The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and tacked on a run in the 2nd for a 3-0 lead. The Tornado scratched out a run in the 4th to pull within 3-1 and then rains came that delayed the game for about 20 minutes. After the rain, the Tornado continued to fight back and closed the gap to 3-2 in the 6th inning. But the determined Mavericks would not fold and great pitching and defense allowed them to take the championship game by a score of 3-2.
Congratulations to the girls on a great weekend of softball.
16U Mavericks at PONY Nationals
The Montgomery Mavericks 16U team finished up a very successful week in Vienna, Ohio at the PONY National Tournament. The girls earned their bid to Nationals by finishing 2nd in the Colonia PONY National Qualifying Tournament.
Day 1 - The pool play games were scheduled to start for the Mavericks on Saturday evening, however, a thunderstorm suspended the game after one half inning so the team was scheduled to play all three of their pool games on Sunday. The day started with a 1pm game against the SE Massachusetts Xtreme. The Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning only to watch the Xtreme take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on a 2 run homerun. The Mavericks battled back to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth as the game turned into a pitching dual with great defense. The Xtreme were able to push accross two runs in the sixth to take the victory by a score of 4-2. In game two the Mavericks were matched up with the Long Island Sharks. Great pitching and hitting were the story of the game for the girls as the jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead and never looked back on their way to a 6-0 victory. A long day ended with a 6:30 game against the PA Blitz. A three run home run staked the Blitz to a 3-0 lead before the Mavericks stormed back for 4 runs in the 4th to take a 4-3 lead. The Blitz fought back to tie the game at 4 before the Mavericks scored in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead. However, the Blitz pushed across a run in the 7th to tie the score and that's how the game ended.
Day 2 - The Mavericks 1-1-1 record gave them the second seed in their four team pool. The girls started bracket play on Monday with a game against the Quebec Rebelles. The Mavericks started quick with 2 runs in the first inning. The Rebelles battled back with a run in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 2-1. Some timely hits by the Canadian team in the 5th allowed them to take a 3-2 lead. The Mavericks battled back with runners on 1st and 2nd in the 7th inning but couldn't push across the tying run going down in defeat by a score of 3-2. Next up for the girls was the Total Kaos from NY. Again a quick start staked the girls to a 2-0 lead which was 3-1 after 3 innings. But the Kaos came back with 3 runs in the 4th to take a 4-3 lead. After that the Mavericks bats came to life and they scored 6 unanswered runs for a 9-4 victory.
Day 3 - The girls started Tuesday with a 8am game against the tough North Jersey Rangers. The Rangers were ready to play and scored 2 runs in the first, second and fourth innings while the Mavericks bats were silent throughout the game, leading to a 7-0 Rangers victory. Next up was an elimination game against the Total Kaos. This time the girls were up to the challenge as their pitching and defense were tremendous and their bats found a way to scratch out some runs. All of this added up to a 5-0 Mavericks victory and a rematch with the North Jersey Rangers. The girls were determined to make up for their morning performance but the tough Rangers team was also ready and scored single runs in the third and fifth innings for a 2-0 lead. Things were looking bleak for the girls until the 6th inning when the bottom of the order got a rally going and the top of the order came up with big two out hits leading to 4 Maverick runs and a 4-2 lead. However, the Rangers would not quit in the 7th as a lead off hit allowed them to bring the tying run to the plate. But once again, great pitching and defense ruled for the girls and they hung on for the upset victory.
Day 4 - The wins on Tuesday put the girls in the finals of the losers bracket and a game with the Ohio Magic on Wednesday at 8am. The game was the girls 9th game of the tournament. The Magic jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then the game settled down to a pitchers/defensive dual. Both teams threatened to score but were shut down. Finally, in the 5th, Ohio was able to score another run to go up by a score of 2-0. The Mavericks battled back in the 7th and had the tying runs on base but couldn't get them home as they lost the game 2-0.
The girls finished Nationals with a 4-4-1 record and finished 33rd in the 80 team field. One of their losses was a 4-2 game against the SE Massachusetts Xtreme which has made the Final 8 in the tournament. Another loss was 2-0 against the Ohio Magic who made the Final 16. The girls also beat the North Jersey Rangers who were the winners of 4 PONY National qualifying tournaments this summer.
Congratulations to the girls on a GREAT PONY National Tournament!!!!
The Mavericks Go To College
We are proud to announce the college commitments of our current 18U Roster:
Class of 2010
Jen - Will be attending Ohio University
Carly - Will be attending Penn State University
Lacey - Will be attending Centenary College
Taylor - Will be attending Bucknell University
Class of 2009
Allie - Attending Roanoke College
Brittany - Attending Ramapo College and playing softball
Devin - Attending Penn State University
Christina - Attending Rider Univerisity and playing softball
Krissy - Attending Rutgers University
Jackie - Attending William Patterson University
Samantha - Attending Ramapo College
18U Mavericks Win Pre-Father's Day Melee
The 18U Montgomery Mavericks won the Maverick's Pre-Fathers Day Melee in a exciting championship game defeating the Central Jersey Lightning 1-0. Both teams advanced to the final with 1-0 semi-final victories, with the Mavericks defeating the Rampage and the Lightning beating the Hillsborough Hurricanes.
After a tough weather day on Saturday, Sunday featured some great softball with 6 of the 7 games being 1 run games and the other game being a 2 run game. In the quarter final games, the Mavericks squeaked by the Deep Run Lady Lightning 2-0, the Central Jersey Lightning scored 2 runs in the 7th to defeat the North Jersey Panthers 3-2, the Rampage held off a 7th inning rally to defeat the SJ Breakers 3-2 and the Hillsborough Hurricanes beat the Morgan Magic 1-0.
The Mavericks and the entire Montgomery Girls Softball League thank all the players, coaches and parents for their patience with the Saturday weather and Sunday's delayed start. Thankfully, the weather cooperated on Sunday and the all the girls treated the fans to some exciting fastpitch softball.
18U Mavericks Win the NJ State ASA "B" Championship
The Montgomery Mavericks 18U team won the NJ State ASA Class "B" Championship in Readington this weekend with an exciting 11-10 final game victory over the Marlton Thunder.
The girls started the tournament by going undefeated in pool play with victories over the Jersey Bomb Squad, the Delco Tsunami and the Hillsborough Hurricanes. The wins on Saturday made the Mavericks the tournament Number 1 seed for Sunday's single elimination round.
Sunday started with a rematch against the 4th seeded Jersey Bomb Squad who the Mavericks narrowly defeated on Saturday. Pitching, defense and timely hitting were the keys to the game for the girls as they beat the Bomb Squad by a score of 8-0. That win moved the girls into the Championship game against the tournament Number 2 seed, the Marlton Thunder.
The Championship game was a classic as the teams battled back and forth through the first 6 innings. The Mavericks led 6-5 going into the bottom of the 7th but the Thunder pushed across a run to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The International Tie Breaker was used in the extra innings and the Mavericks were able to score 2 runs to take a 8-6 lead. However, the Thunder proved all game that no lead was safe as they battled back to tie the score at 8 and had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate. The 9th inning brought more fireworks as the Mavericks scored 3 runs to take a 11-8 lead. But back came the Thunder to close the gap to 11-10, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs. However, a pop up to the infield followed by two strikeouts ended the Marlton rally and made the girls the tournament champions.
Congratulations to the girls on a great weekend of softball.
18U Montgomery Mavericks - 4th Place at the 2009 USSSA World Series in Salisbury, Maryland
Click on the USSSA tab in the left hand column for tournament details.
Rampage and Mavericks Co-Champs at the 5th Annual Melee
After a great weekend of softball and some great weather, the rain came after 2 innings of the Championship Game, causing the game to be cancelled and the naming of the Rampage Black and the Montgomery Mavericks as co-champions of the tournament.
Sunday started off with a pair of 9am games as the Mavericks defeated the NJ Breakers 5-1 and the Rampage defeating the Deep Run Lady Lightning by a score of 8-3. The other quarterfinals games at 10:45am pitted the Hillsborough Hurricanes against the North Jersey Panthers and the NJ Fury against the NJ Tigers. The Hurricanes held off a late Panthers rally to win 4-3 and the 6th seeded Tigers beat the 3rd seeded Fury 3-1.
In one semi-final, the Rampage jumped out to an eary lead and defeated the Tigers 8-0. The other semi-final wasn't settled until extra innings in the International Tiebreaker as the Mavericks scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Hurricanes 2-1.
The Mavericks thank all the teams involved in the tournament and we hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.
High School Post Season All State, All Group and All County Teams
The Star Ledger has released their All-State, All-Group and All-County Teams and the Montgomery Girls Softball League is proud to acknowledge the following achievements by girls playing for the Montgomery Mavericks.
Carly Hering - 3rd Team All-State, 1st Team All-Group 4, 1st Team All-Somerset County
Abby Gray - 2nd Team All-Somerset County
Congratulations to the girls on their achievements!!!
18U Mavericks Win Castaway Classic
An exciting weekend of softball at the First Annual Castaway Classic ended with an exciting championship game as the Mavericks defeated the Vermont Rockets 2-1 in 8 innings. After 7 scoreless innings, the game went to the International Tiebreaker and the Mavericks were able to push across 2 runs in the top of the inning and held off a furious rally by the Rockets to win the championship.
Thanks to all the teams who participated in the tournament!!!
Mavericks 18U Wins Howell Heatwave Tournament
The Montgomery Mavericks captured their 3rd tournament title of the summer with a 4-0 win over the West Windsor Wildcats in the Howell Heatwave tournament.
After Saturday pool play, which included a loss to the Wildcats, the Mavericks were the Number 1 seed in the Silver division and started Sunday single elimination play with a game against the host team the Howell Heat. After a few scoreless innings, the girls pushed a run across in the 3rd for a 1-0 lead. That run was all the Mavericks needed on their way to a 5-0 victory. Next up was the NJ Fury who were coming off a stirring comeback win against the NJ Tigers. The Fury carried that momentum over to their game against the Mavericks and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Mavericks came back to tie the game at 4 only to see the Fury go back ahead with a run in the 5th. A big rally by the girls int he bottom of the 5th game them the lead the never gave up again as they took the victory by the score of 9-5. The Championship game against the Wildcats was close throughout but the Wildcats couldn't break through in the run department and the Mavericks were able to squeeze runs across in the middle innings on their way to a 4-0 Championship game victory.
Congratulations to the girls on their great weekend!!! Now it's off to Indiana and the USSSA Eastern Nationals!!!
14U Mavericks Finish 2nd at the Pikesville Frenzy
The Montgomery Mavericks 14U team finished 2nd in the Memorial Day Weekend Pikesville Frenzy tournament in Pikesville, Maryland. The tournament was a two day affair with 15 teams split into three divisions. The division winners and a wildcard team advanced to the semifinals with those winners advancing to the finals.
The Mavericks had an early 8am start on Saturday against Champion Red from Maryland. The Mavericks jumped to an early 2-0 lead but Champion Red stormed back with 4 unanswered runs to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the last inning, the Mavericks managed to get runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs and got a big 2 out hit to tie the game at 4, which was the final score. Next up were the host team, the Pikesville Pumas. The Mavericks jumped out early to a 4-0 lead and coasted to an 9-1 victory. After a short rain delay, the Mavericks ended the day against Mt Vernon from Virginia. The girls had their best hitting game of the day as they got off to an 8-0 lead and won the game 8-3, thus ending the day with a 2-0-1 record. This record had them tied for the North Division lead with Champion Red.
On Sunday, a 9:30am game with the Westminster Cyclones was on tap. With a win, the girls would clinch at least a wild card spot and a trip to the semifinals. Using this as motivation, the Mavericks jumped out to a 10-0 lead after 2 innings and won the game 13-3. This victory, coupled with Mt Vernon beating Champions Red, gave the girls not only a place in the semifinals, but the North Division championship.
In the semifinals, the Mavericks played the Shockers Athletic Club from Baltimore County. The game was intense from the get go and was scoreless after 2 innings. The third inning was a charm for the Mavericks as the plated 2 runs for the lead and added another in the 4th for a 3-0 lead. This held up until the Shockers rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the score at 3. So it was on to extra innings. The girls used a great bunt, some great baserunning and a big two out hit to score 3 runs for a 6-3 lead. The Shockers did not quit though and scored a run with one out and got a runner to third with two outs. But a popup to the first baseman ended the game and put the Mavericks in the tournament final.
In the finals, the Mavericks faced the Arbutus Fireballs. The Fireballs had proved all weekend that they were a championship caliber team with a great combination of pitching, hitting and fielding, and their 5-0 record for the tournament coming into the finals certainly proved that. The Fireballs took advantage of some sloppy Maverick fielding and some timely hitting of their part to take a 3-0 first inning lead. The Mavericks quickly came back with one run in the second to cut the lead to 3-1. But missed opportunities was the theme of the game for the Mavericks as they twice left the bases loaded and lost the game 7-2. The game ended with a nice catch by the Fireballs center fielder who then made a great throw to complete a double play. The loss was the Mavericks first of the weekend as they ended the tournament with a 4-1-1 record.
Congratulations to the girls on a GREAT weekend of softball.
14U Mavericks Finish 2nd in Northampton Summer Splash
The Montgomery Mavericks 14U team finished 2nd this past weekend in the Northampton Lightning Summer Splash.
The weekend started with an 8:30 game against the Vipers. The Mavericks jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings of play. In the 4th, an argument over a call by one of the umpires led to a Viper forfeit and a 7-0 win for the Mavericks. Next up were the Chester County Bandits. The Mavericks started quickly again with 3 first inning runs. However, the bats went quiet after the first inning and the Bandits scored 6 unanswered runs to win the game 6-3. The day ended with a game against the New Jersey Xplosion. Once again the Mavericks started off strong with early inning runs and won the game 7-3. The girls finished the day with a 2-1 record to earn the 3rd overall seed for Sunday's elimation games.
Sunday's first game was against the 6th seeded Newtown Rock. The game was 0-0 after 2 1/2 innings before the Mavericks scored 5 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Rock came back to score 2 in the top of the fourth but could get no closer as the Mavericks prevailed 9-2. In the semi-finals, the Mavericks played one of Saturdays opponents, the Vipers. The Vipers scored one in the top of first inning to take a quick lead before the Mavericks responded with 2 in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. From that point forward, the Mavericks put on a hitting clinic, ending the game after 4 1/2 innings by the score of 12-4. The championship game pitted the Mavericks against the NJ Xplosion. The Xplosion jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Mavericks came back to take the lead 4-2. A big 4th inning by the Xplosion put them on top 7-4. The Mavericks fought back with 2 runs in the 4th to get the score to 7-6. From that point forward, great pitching and defense took over and the Xplosion took the championship 7-6.
Congratuations to the girls on a great weekend of softball.
14U Mavericks Finish 4-3 at PONY Nationals
The 14U Mavericks wrapped up a great season by playing at the PONY Nationals in Sterling, Va . The team finished the tournament with a 4-3 record and they finished their season with a 31-14-2 record.
The girls opened up the tournament on Saturday against the Plainville Pride from Massachusetts. After falling behind by a 3-0 score, the Mavericks battled back to cut the deficit to 3-2 but couldn't push across the tying run and lost the game 3-2. On Saturday evening, the girls went up against the Montgomery Devils from NY. The Mavericks came out smoking, scoring 3 runs in the first, 3 in the second and 4 in the 3rd on their way to a 10-0 victory. The game was highlighted by a no-hitter for the Mavericks pitcher (Michelle).
On Sunday, the Mavericks went up against the CT Mirage. After a scoreless 2 innings the Mavericks push a run across in the bottom of the third for a 1-0 lead. The girls got another run across in the 4th only to see that matched in the top of the 5th by the Mirage. The girls then broke open the tightly contested game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th. The Mirage wouldn't quit and scored a run in the top of the 6th and had runners on 2nd and 3rd before a pop up to the SS ended the game.
The girls finished pool play with a 2-1 record earning them the second seed in their pool heading into bracket play.
Bracket play got started early with an 8am game Monday morning game against the CT Bombers Teal. The girls were able to push across single runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings to take a 3-0 lead. The Bombers came back with a run in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1 but could not get any closer as the Mavericks held on for the win.
The girls second game on the day came in the heat of the early afternoon against one of the pool winners, the NJ Pride. The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the Mavericks battled back to cut the deficit to 2-1. The teams traded runs in the 3rd inning to make the score 3-2 for the Pride. The Pride added 2 runs in the 4th for a 5-2 lead. The Mavericks scored one more run in the fifth and had the tying run at the plate but couldn't get across any more runs. The time limit ended the game after the fifth inning with the Pride ahead 5-3.
Tuesday was another early start for the girls as they played an 8am game against the River City Rippers from Maryland. The Rippers got off to a hot start and jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead. The Mavericks came right back to score 4 runs in the top of the second to make the score 4-3. The Rippers continued their hot hitting with 3 more in the second to take back the lead 6-4. The score stayed this way until the Mavericks scored 2 in the fifth to tie the score at 6. The game was tied at 6 at the end of regulations so the teams went to the International Tie Breaker in which the inning starts with a runner on second base. The Mavericks batted first in the ITB and a quick out was recorded, the girl's bats got red hot and they went on to score 6 runs in the inning and won the game 12-6.
Next up was their Monday morning opponent, the CT Bombers. The game went 3 scoreless innings before 2 errors led to 2 Bombers runs and a 2-0 lead. The Bombers added one more in the fifth to make the score 3-0. A furious 7th inning comeback by the Mavericks fell just short as they lost the game 3-2.
Congratulations to the girls on a terrific tournament against very high level teams throughout the East Coast!!!
14u Mavericks Open Up Season at the Chaos Friendly
The Montgomery Mavericks 14U team opened up its 2006 Season at the Old Bridge Chaos Friendly on Sunday, April 9th. The Friendly was a one day, three game, tournament allowing teams to get ready for the upcoming tournament season.
The Mavericks started in the cold on Sunday morning with a game against the Long Island Breeze. The cold did not stop the Mavericks from having hot bats as the girls came out hitting hard and often, jumping out to a 15-1 lead and going on to win game number one by a soore of 18-3
Game number two was a chance for the Mavericks to show off their pitching and defense as they took on the Marlton Thunder. Great pitching led the way and the girls played "small ball" against a good Marlton team. The Mavericks took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning before a rally by the Thunder tied the score at 3-3. That was the final score as the time limit was reached.
In their final game of the day, the Mavericks took on the Hudson County Rebels. Once again, pitching and defense ruled the game. The girls jumped out to a 5-1 lead before the Rebels closed the gap to 5-4 after 4 innings. The Mavericks added a "small ball" run in the 6th inning and 3 innings of shutout relief led to a 6-4 Mavericks victory.
A great day of softball for the girls as their 2-0-1 record for the day indicates. The Mavericks are back in action on Sunday, April 23rd in the Sparta Spring Warm Up Tournament.
14U Mavericks Runner Up at Mt. Olive Midsummer Madness
For the third consecutive tournament, the 14U Montgomery Mavericks reached the tournament final, this time in the Mt. Olive Midsummer Madness.
After heavy rains on Friday, the seeding games on Saturday were reduced from 3 games to 2 games. The Mavericks opened up against the Central Jersey Sluggers. The girls starting hitting early and often in the game and jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Then rain came delaying the game for 1/2 hour. After the rain, it was the Sluggers with the hot bats as they rallied for 7 runs in the last inning, but the Mavericks held on for a 8-7 win. The second game of the day was against the Stamford, Conn. Stars. Runs were hard to come by in this game and the Mavericks scratched out 2 runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Stars fought back with a run in the bottom of the inning before the Mavericks added 2 more to take a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the last inning, the Stars put 2 runs on the board to close within 4-3 with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. However, two great plays by the Mavericks center fielder sealed the deal and the Mavericks were victorious by the score of 4-3. Their 2-0 record made the girls the 5th seed (out of 13 teams) heading into Sunday's elimination play.
An early 8am start was on tap for the Mavericks against the 4th seeded Pequannock Twisters. This game was a classic pitchers dual and was close throughout. The Mavericks were able to get the bat on the ball enough to get two runs across the plate and a one-hitter by their pitcher made those runs hold up in a 2-0 victory. In the semi-finals, the girls went up against the NJ Spirit. The Mavericks came ready to play and scored 8 runs in the first inning and went on to a 9-0 victory and a trip to the finals. Waiting for the girls in the finals was Carteret. Once again, the girls started hot and got off to a 4-0 lead. Carteret creeped back in the game and closed the gap to 4-3. A pitching change for Carteret was key, as the Mavericks bats went cold and Carteret pushed across 2 more runs to take a closely contested championship game 5-4.
Congratulations to the girls on another great weekend. The 14U Mavericks next play in the PONY Nationals in Sterling, Va. during the week of July 17th.
14U Mavericks Win Father's Day Melee
The Montgomery Mavericks won the 1st Annual Mavericks Father's Day Melee defeating the North Jersey Rangers in the Championship game by a score of 4-3. The win earned the Mavericks a berth in the PONY National Championship Tournament to be held at the end of July in Virginia.
The Mavericks had a successful start to the tournament, going undefeated on Saturday to earn the Number 1 seed going into Sunday's single elimination play. On Saturday, the Mavericks started off with an 8-0 victory over the Jersey Fusion, then came right back with a 9-4 win over the Monmouth Maniacs and ended the day with a 5-1 victory over the Edison Angels.
Sunday started with a rematch with the 9th seeded Jersey Fusion. The Fusion proved to be a much tougher matchup on Sunday, staying close the entire game before falling to the Mavericks by a score of 5-2. Next up was the semi-final game against the 4th seeded Hillsborough Hustle. The Mavericks came out sluggish and the Hustle can out firing as they jumped to a 5-0 lead. A furious Mavericks come back led the girls to a 6-5 victory and a spot in the Championship game against the North Jersey Rangers. The championship game was a classic battle that was tight all the way eventually ending up with a 4-3 Mavericks victory.
Congratulations to the Mavericks and the Rangers on a great weekend of softball and thank you to all the teams that participated in the tournament.
All of the results can be accessed by clicking on "game results" in the left hand column.
14U Mavericks Win Greenwich Invitational
The Mavericks 14U team won their second consecutive tournament championship, winning the Greenwich Invitational in Phillipsburg. Dodging raindrops for most of the weekend, the 14U Mavericks went a perfect 6-0 for the weekend, finishing with a 2-0 win over the Jersey Clash in the championship game on Sunday.
On Saturday, the girls rode strong defense, pitching and hitting and ended the day with a 3-0 record. They started the day with a 12-0 victory over the Pohatcong Warriors, then came right back with a 5-0 win over the Abington Angels, highlighted by a no-hitter for the Mavericks pitcher. The Mavericks wrapped up their wet Saturday with a 14-3 victory over the North Hunterdon Stars. Their undefeated Saturday made the girls the Number one seed for Sunday's single elimination bracket play.
On Sunday, the girls opened up with one of Sunday's opponents, the North Hunterdon Stars. After escaping a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the first inning, the girls came back to score 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead. From there, they just kept on hitting and pulled away for a 12-0 victory. Next up were the 4th seeded Branchburg Bombers. The Bombers started quick with 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The Mavericks bounced back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 3-2. After that, the girls shut the Bombers down and kept grinding out runs and won the game 8-4. The championship game was a classic pitchers duel with the Mavericks plating the only 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd and rode superior defense and pitching to the championship.
Congratulations to the girls on a great weekend of softball!!!
Mavericks 12U Win Mid-State League Championship
The Montgomery Mavericks 12U team wrapped up a successful 2004 season and playoff run by defeating the Branchburg Blaze to win the Mid-State League 12U Championship.
The Mavericks earned the Number 1 seed in the Blue Division playoffs by virtue of their 9-1 regular season record. They defeated Readington and the Branchburg Bombers to advance to the Division title game against Hopewell on Friday night. The Mavericks continued their season long formula of great defense, pitching and baserunning to defeat a tough Hopewell team 6-2 to advance to the Championship game.
The championship game against the Blaze was back and forth the whole game as the teams displayed the great play that allowed them to advance to the finals. Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the 7th inning, the Mavericks rallied to load the bases and then score two runs with two outs to win the game and the championship.
Congratulations to the girls on a great playoff run.
The Montgomery Mavericks 14U team overcame a sluggish Saturday to win the Mt. Olive Midsummer Madness B Championship. This win was the third consecutive tournament win for the Mavericks and raised their overall record for the year to 25-10-1.
The girls started slow on Saturday with losses to the Clifton Cobras and Sizzlin Iselin by scores of 5-1 and 8-6 respectively. They bounced back to end Saturday on an up note with a 4-0 shutout of the Morgan Magic.
On Sunday, the girls opened up with a 10-0 victory over East Fishkill. The Mavericks then came back to duplicate that score in the semi-finals beating the Montville Lady Mustangs by a score of 10-0. In the finals, the girls faced a tough Livingston Thunder team. The Thunder had girls on base in every inning but the Mavericks defense and pitching prevailed to hold them to one run. The girls used timely hitting and bunting to push 4 runs across the plate for a 4-1 victory.
Congratulations to the girls on another great weekend of softball.
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