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18U Fresno Force Win Seven Straight to be Crowned

Triple Crown World Series Champions

 

By Dave Utnik

San Diego, CA --- Teddi Diedrich waited four innings to make an impact.

And with her team trailing by a run, she didn’t want to waste a swing.

Every at-bat is meaningful when a championship is within reach and Diedrich knew all the Fresno Force needed was one more big hit.

So she waited for the perfect offering and took matters into her own hands.

On a squad filled with college-bound stars, Diedrich entered the final game of the 2014 18U Triple Crown World Series as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning and delivered the big blast -- a two-run homer that secured a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Renegades.

“We came into bracket play knowing we have a pretty good club,” said Fresno Force coach Jeff Jennings. “We felt like we were in a good position to make a little run and it just kept building after each win.”

The Force had experience as well as talent on their side as the U16 squad captured a Triple Crown World Series title last summer. The program has achieved tremendous success over the past two decades with 162 players moving on to play college ball.

Seven players on the 18U roster have accepted scholarship offers, including infielder Haylee Tracy (Evansville), infielder Megan Marcy (Oregon State), infielder Emily Escobar (Friends University), catcher Rylee Pierce (Missouri), outfielder Brooke Coates (Fresno State), infielder Caitlyn Emberson (Charleston Southern) and infielder Deidra See (Liberty).

No one else in the 212-team field could match that talent as the Force went 9-0-1 -- winning seven straight to secure the championship.

The runner-up San Diego Renegades still presented quite a challenge. They went 9-3 in tournament play and had to overcome an early loss to Teamsmith-Carlson to work their way back to the championship game. The Renegades did that by winning three straight and then they took an early two-run lead in the title game.

But Force pitcher Arizona Pilgrim shut the Renegades down when it mattered most to earn a complete-game victory.

“Our pitching got better as the games went on and we got more efficient and were throwing strikes,” coach Jennings said.

The Force has a two-decade history of developing exceptional softball players. The program’s primary goal is to prepare athletes for college ball, but winning is a priority too.

In 2012, the Force has qualified for the ASA Gold National Championships and they played in the 2013  Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals. This summer, they earned the program’s most significant accomplishment behind contributions from every player on the roster, including infielder Jyllian Ahart, AJ Anguiano, outfielder Kayla Lock, second baseman Kaycee Olson, infielder Alisha Marshall, outfielder Sara Specht, pitcher Samantha Escobar, outfielder Cameryn Reichle, outfielder Isabella Gonzalez, infielder Priscilla Garcia and infielder Maricela Romero.

“This is a really big win for our four seniors who are going on to play college softball.  Those four have really been our leaders and carried us through,” said coach Jennings.  “Ultimately it was a team effort and there wasn’t a single player on this team that didn’t make a contribution the entire week.  I am really proud of our girls.”

Congratulations Metro Champions 2014 Force 16U Salazar

"25 Years of the Force"

For 25 years the Force has had one goal, to develop the best college softball players possible.  To do this, we must ensure our players have the skills and athleticism while being academically qualified to play in college. We teach and show our players how to be recruited and finally showcase our players and teams on the national and regional platforms to be recruited by the right college coaches for our players.  

We judge our success by three factors.  First, how many former Force players have played at a Four Year College or University, currently that number is 162.  Second, how many current Four Year College or University Softball players played for the Force, currently that number is 27.  Finally third, how many Force players in the last four years, returned from College due to either being academically unqualified or the college was not a good fit for the player.  In the last four years, that number is zero.

In other words, for the past 25 years, the Force has averaged placing 6 and 1/2 players per year on Colleges and Universities’ softball teams; while increasing our average to 6 and ¾ players per year on Colleges and Universities’ softball team for the last four years, while watching these players graduate from their Colleges and Universities. 

I would say the Force continues to be the most successful travel ball program in the Valley.  With these numbers, wouldn’t you?   

 

Triple Crown 18U World Series Champions

 

Fresno Force Win 18U World Series

The Fresno Force defeated the San Diego Renegades 6-3 to win the 2014 18u TC Western World Series in San Diego, CA.  The Force finish the tournament with a 9-0-1 record including winning seven games in a row en route to the championship. The Tournament had a record 212 entries..

With the Force trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 4th, pinch hitter Teddi Diedrich entered the game.  Diedrich crushed a two-run homer to give the Force the lead and ultimately the win.

“This is a really big win for our four seniors who are going on to play college softball.  Those four have really been our leaders and carried us through,” said Fresno Force Head Coach Jeff Jennings.  “Ultimately it was a team effort and there wasn’t a single player on this team that didn’t make a contribution the entire week.  I am really proud of our girls.”

The Force added to their lead in the 5th inning following two doubles and a sac fly giving the squad a 6-3 cushion.  Force pitcher Arizona Pilgrim pitched a full game and struck out the final Renegade batter in the top of the 7th for the victory.

“We came into bracket play knowing we have a pretty good club,” said Jennings. “We felt like we were in a good position to make a little run and it just kept building after each win. Our pitching got better as the games went on and we got more efficient and were throwing strikes.”

The Force moved through pool play with a 3-0-1 record earning the No. 1 seed in the C Pool.  Their only tie came against a tough TC Stars club 3-3 in pool play game No. 3.  The Force then went on a tear winning seven consecutive games holding opponents to a combined 10 runs including two shutout performances.

The San Diego Renegades had a fantastic tournament finishing with a 9-3 record.  The Renegades fell to Teamsmith-Carlson early in bracket play and had to win three straight games to work their way back up into the championship.  One of the wins included a redemption victory over Teamsmith-Carlson 9-3 advancing them into the championship game.

The Renegades scored two runs in the 3rd inning on a triple followed by a double to give the team an early lead.   The Force quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning on two errant pitches that scored runs.

The hitting frenzy by both clubs continued in the 4th as the Renegades regained a 3-2 lead on back-to-back doubles.  But it was Diedrich’s homer that put the Force back on top for good.

Both teams end the 2014 season on a high note and have multiple seniors who have played their last game and will be competing for colleges starting in the fall.

The Force 16U team won the 2013 Triple Crown 16U Gold Division National Championship at Lake Tahoe, California.

 

 

 "2014 18U Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament"

 Coaches,

The field for the 2014 Independence Day Tournament in Boulder has been finalized and your team has been selected as one of eighty teams to participate. The 2014 field will be one of the strongest ever with teams from twenty six states participating. Included in the 80 team field are the 2013 PGF National Champion CA SoCal Athletics and the 2013 ASA Gold National Champion GA Atlanta Vipers.  In addition, 17 of the top 24 finishers at the PGF National Tournament will be included in the field

 We appreciate the support you have given the tournament, and look forward to another terrific event next summer.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions concerning the tournament.

 Thanks again for your support of the tournament. 

Dan Burns

 

 "2014 16U Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament"

 Coaches,

 The field for the 2014 16U Independence Day Tournament has been finalized, and your team has been selected to be one of 48 teams to participate.  The 2014 tournament will feature teams from twenty two states and the competition level will be exceptional.  The tournament will be played in Longmont, CO at the Garden Acres and Clark Centennial fields,

 We appreciate the support you have given the tournament, and look forward to another terrific event next summer.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions concerning the tournament.

 Thanks again for your support of the tournament. 

Dan Burns

 

August 6, 2013

"Where has this organization team played lately?"

Softball during your high school years is about growing as a player, being part of the best team possible, and playing in front of the college coaches where you want to be recruited to play.  If you want to play at the NCAA D1 or D2 level, then you need to be part of an organization that knows how and where to get players recruited into D1 or D2 schools.  If you want to play at the NAIA or Junior college level, then play for an organization that get players into those levels of competition.  What tournaments and showcases you play at will impact where you play college softball.

Where has the Force played?  The Force is the only Central Cal organization that has played in all the big recruiting showcases and Nationals tournaments.  The Force has competed in the ASA Gold Nationals (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals (Huntington Beach, California), ASA 16U Nationals (Knoxville, Tennessee and Sunnyvale, California), Triple Crown Sports Nationals (Reno, Nevada and North Lake Tahoe California), Louisville Independence Day Tournament (Boulder Colorado), Champions Cup (Irvine, California), Bay Area Showcase (Sunnyvale, California),Triple Crown SoCal Showcases, (Hemet, California) and Surf City Tourneys, (Huntington Beach, California).  Other organizations will tell you they plan to play in these tournaments, but the key word is plan, because unless you have played there last year chances are very very slim you will play there this year. Some will play in a few, but only the Force will and has played in all of them.

Look at where players from their organization are playing in college now, but check the information, as some organization will say there players were recruited by a college, but never show up on the college softball roster.  This is the true indicator of an organization and the type of tournaments and showcases an organization plays in.  At the Force, we make it simple. Click on the tournament tab for our 16U and Gold team and see where our teams played this year.  Also, click on our link for our Force Alumni in College.  Click on the various players and click on their respective college link, it will take you straight to the college page where they are playing.  All of the Force class of 2013 will be playing collegiate softball.  Four will be playing at the D1 level, one at D3 and one in the NAIA.  Where are the other organization's 2013 class playing softball?  Is this where you want to play or do you want to play where Force players play?

The Force plays in these tournaments because that is where the D1 coaches are recruiting.  If you want to get recruited, then you have to play where the D1 coaches are recruiting.  So before you decide where to try out, due some research and look to see where that organization played the last few years; if you do, and you want a chance to play D1 college softball, then we will see you at the Force tryouts on August 17th and 18th at Tice Park.  Go Force, Think Pink!

 The Force recruits it’s high school players from our younger Force Teams.  If you want to increase your chances of playing on the Force’s High School teams in the future, then it is recommended that you start early and join a Force team now.  Tryouts are on August 10th and 11th at Tice Park.

 

July 18, 2012

"Why Force Players Get Recruited and Play in College"

In the 2012 College season, Twenty-Two Former Force Players were playing college softball. Fifteen of these players were playing at the NCAA Division I level. (Many programs may say their players are getting recruited, but the proof is checking the college websites. To see where Force players are playing, click on our "Force Alumni in College" tab on the left.) These players will be joined by Six additional recent high school graduates in the 2013 College season to bring our total to Twenty-eight former Force players playing in college. Five of these six players will be playing at the NCAA Division I level. Of our recent graduating seniors, 89% have gone on to play college softball.

If you click on our "Force Alumni" tab on the left you will see a list of 154 former Force players who played College softball at a four year institution. How did these players get this opportunity? Talent and hard work can only get you so far. You also must be seen by the College Coaches. To be seen, you must play in the biggest tournaments and College coaches must come and watch your team play. You also must know how to communicate with College Coaches and be able to network with the College coaches. The Force years of experience, vast alumni base and quality of former players keep College Coaches returning to watch and recruit Force players. The best indicator of where a team will play next year is where did that team play the last two years.

This year our Force Gold team will be playing at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City at the 2012 ASA Gold Nationals. This is the same stadium that hosts the NCAA Women's Division I Championship tournament. Our Gold team is the only 18U team from the Central California ASA metro that qualified and is playing in any National Championship tournament. For the first time, our 16U team will be playing in Premier Girls Fastpitch National in Huntington Beach. They are the only team from the Central California ASA metro to win a berth to both Premier and ASA 16U nationals. Our Force 16U was the first team from this area to ever qualify for Premier by winning a berth. Only the Force has all of their high school age teams playing at National Championships in front of College Coaches.

While our Force teams play at the same Surf City Showcases in Southern California as other Central California teams, only the Force teams allow you to play at the two biggest showcases, the Independence Day Tournament in Boulder Colorado and Champion's Cup in Irvine California. The Independence Day Tournament is the top Showcase tournament in the nation. It is where all the top softball programs from around the nation play at or try to get in. It is where all the College coaches come to watch and recruit players. Champion's Cup is the top Western regional showcase. This tournament will draw College Coaches from around the nation, but it is the biggest showcase for being seen by College Coaches from the western states especially the California Colleges.

Hard work, talent and being seen are the keys to making it to the next level. At the Force, we know our players are talented and work hard. This is why we work hard to keep our teams in the best tournaments. It is also why we worked with Clovis Unified to bring eight college coaches to Buchanan High School to work with local softball players so they could showcase their talent to these College Head Coaches. So if you want to give yourself the best chance of being recruited, play for the Force.

 

"History of the Fresno Force"

Our history includes:


16U ASA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

9 ASA GOLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES TO INCLUDE 2012!!!

7 TOP 10 ASA GOLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHES

COUNTLESS TOP 25 FINISHES

MULTIPLE TOP 10 FINISHES AT 12U - 16U LEVELS TO INCLUDE 14U 5TH IN 2011!!

162+ CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ATHLETES RECRUITED

"2014 - 2015 Force Tryouts"

 Force Tryouts will be  on August 9th and 10th at Clovis High School

16U: 9am to 11am (Coach Michael Salazar, 2nd Year)

18Gold: 10am to 12pm (Coach Jeff Jennings, 6th Year)

14U: 11am to 1pm (Coach George Rodriguez, 3rd  Year)

14U: 11am to 1pm (Coach John "JP" Pruneda, 1st Year)

12U: 12pm to 2pm (Coach Oscar Puente, 1st Year)

12U: 12pm to 2pm (Coach Allen Contreras, 2nd Year)

10U: 1pm to 3pm (Sunday Only) (Coach Jesse Maddox, 1st Year)

10U:  August 12th (Tuesday) 6pm to 8pm at Clovis North (Coach Maddox)

Please arrive 30 minutes early to complete tryout paperwork

All Tryouts will be at Clovis High Softball Fields, please park at Clovis Elementary 1100 Armstrong Avenue, Clovis CA 93611

 

 

2014 Fresno Force Classic Brackets

10U Updated 8:00 am

12U Updated 8:00 am

14U Updated 8:00 am

 

 

July 19, 2013

"Force 16U Reynolds Win Gold Bracket at TCS/USA Nationals in Lake Tahoe, CA"


The Fresno Force 16U Reynolds defeated the Texas Bombers 5 - 4 in 9 innings to win the Gold Bracket at the Triple Crown Sports / USA National on CBS Sports Network in Lake Tahoe, CA.  The Force trailed the Bombers 0 - 2 entering the seventh inning, but a two out rally plated two runs to tie the game.  After holding the Bombers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning, both teams scored one run in international tie-breaker in the eighth inning. The Force scored twice in international tie-breaker in the top of ninth.  The Bombers scored once and had another running thrown out at home plate in the bottom half of the ninth inning, before the Force secured the win.

The Force went 8 – 2 during the tournament.  Next the Force 16U Reynolds team gets a week off before going to the ASA/USA Nationals in Sunnyvale, California as the Central California ASA Metro Champions.

  

July 16, 2013

"Force 18 Gold Invited to PGF Nationals"

For the second year in a row, the Force 18 Gold team will be playing in a National Championship Tournament.  Last year, the Force 18 Gold team played in the ASA Gold Nationals at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  This year, the Force 18 Gold team has been invited to play in the Premier Girls Fastpitch Tournament in Huntington Beach, CA.

After finishing first and second in their respective pool play at the Independance Day Tournament in Boulder Colorado and Champions Cup in Irvine California, the Force 18 Gold team is playing in Reno, Nevada at the Triple Crown Invitational National Tournament this week.

If you would like a chance to play for the Force 18Gold next season, tryouts will be August 17th and 18th.  Check back later for times and locations.

 

July 16, 2013

"Force 16U Returning to ASA Nationals"

The Force 16U team by winning the Central California ASA metro championship will be returning to the the ASA National Championship.  After playing in the ASA National Championship for many years, last year the Force 16U qualified to play in both the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship and the ASA National Championship.  They choose to play in the PGF National Championship.

After winning the Metro Championship as the best 16U team, the Force 16U team competed in the Independance Day Tournament in Longmont Coloradao and the Triple Crown Invitational National Championship in North Lake Tahoe, California.

If you would like to become part of this winning tradition, tryouts for next year team will be August 17th and 18th.  Check back soon for times and locations.

 

 

"Triple Crown Sports National"

Congratulations to the Force 18 Gold and 16U Reynolds teams for qualifing and being selected to play in the Triple Crown Sports National Tournament in Reno, Nevada. Way to represent as the only teams from the Central Cal ASA to qualify and be selected to participate.

 

"Champion's Cup Irvine, California"

Congatulations to the Force 18 Gold and 16U Escobar on being selected to participate in the Champion's Cup tournament in Irvine, California.  The Champions Cup is the most recognized and largest regional showcase tournament in the West.

  

"Inaugural 14U Champions Cup"

Contratulations to our Force 14U Ballesteros team on being invited and accepting an invitation to the Inaugural 14U Champions Cup on July 5th to July 7th in Irvine California.

 

"Where Champions Play and Players Get Recruited"

For decades, the Fresno Force softball organization has fielded some of the best girl’s softball teams in the nation. We are affiliated with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and our teams have competed year after year in the National ASA Championships at all age levels.

Fresno Force Softball, Inc. was incorporated as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation in 1999, though our organization has existed for many years prior. Our primary purpose is to foster amateur competition in girl’s softball and to help our players master their skills to play competitively on all levels including collegiate play.

College Softball Camps

The Clovis Unified School District will be hosting College Softball Camps on Tuesday July 3 and July 10th at the Buchanan High School Softball Complex in Clovis California. Camps will be lead by Coaches from the various colleges who will lead the players in a College style fielding and hitting practices. After lunch, college camp teams will play two games against other college camp teams.

Colleges committed to attending are: UC Riverside, Utah Valley University, Cal State Bakersfield, New Mexico State University, Cal State San Marcos and Charleston Southern University. We will be adding two additional colleges in the near future.

Players wishing to attend may sign-up on the Fresno Force website or Contact CUSD Community Recreation Department. Space is limited to 48 players per camp. Open to any and all high school players.

This will be a great experience for the both the coaches and players to work with each other and to get to know each other.

Cost of the one day camp is $160 which include camp shirt and lunch.

Contact Sandra Reed at 559-327-9226 or sandrareed2cusd.com

Coutney Dale 2011 Inductee to Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame

Courtney Dale Bolt Bio

Current Clovis North Varsity Coach, Fresno Force Pitching Coach, Board Member and Former Force Player, Courtney Dale-Bolt is a 2011 inductee to the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. On behalf of all of the current Force members, we congratulate Courtney on her induction and for all of her past accomplishments both on and off the softball field.


"Force Private Workout Policy"

The Force understands that sometimes a travel program, a team or a coach may oversell their ability or sometimes a team is just not a good fit for a player.  The Force will not displace any of our current players to make room for another player, but if you have the skills and determination that adds to any of our current teams and would like to show your skills, please fill out the online form and request a private workout.

Occasionally, Force teams will have an open workout and will post these open workouts on this website.  If you do not see an open workout, you can still request a private workout using the online request form.

 

"2014 18U Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament"

Coaches,

The field for the 2014 18U Independence Day Tournament in Boulder has been finalized and your team has been selected as one of eighty teams to participate. The 2014 field will be one of the strongest ever with teams from twenty six states participating. Included in the 80 team field are the 2013 PGF National Champion CA SoCal Athletics and the 2013 ASA Gold National Champion GA Atlanta Vipers.  In addition, 17 of the top 24 finishers at the PGF National Tournament will be included in the field.

 We will also be hosting a separate thirty two team 18U tournament in Louisville, CO. The top six finishers will be guaranteed spots in the 2015 Boulder tournament. The 16U tournament will feature forty eight teams in Longmont, CO.

 We appreciate the support you have given the tournament, and look forward to another terrific event next summer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the tournament.

 Thanks for your support of the tournament.

 Dan Burns

 


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