Last Updated: July 1, 2015
18U Mesich takes 2nd place at Firecracker Showcase!
18U Mesich are Champs at Daddy Day on the Diamond Tourney!
Cumming is 14U Co-Champs at Laser Nation!!
Way to go Nitro Cumming! What a great weekend! Going 7-1-1! We are very proud you! 48 teams from OH, PA, MI, KY and IN. The Championship game was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 6th inning when the game was called due to darkness. Congratulations ladies and coaches!
12U Larcinese takes 3rd at PA Rebellion Tourney
Congratulations to Pittsburgh Nitro Showcase Coach Andy Popojas. AAAA Section 3 Coach of the Year
Nitro Nation plays well at IUP!
Nitro IUP Weekend Breakdown:
Nitro Players at IUP Player Showcase
Nitro Bisi/Hoffner takes 2nd place at Memorial Day Super NIT
Showcase Team takes 3rd at Memoril Day Super NIT
Nitro 14U Cumming wins Silver Bracket at Memoril Day Madness!
The Girls went 8-2 on the weekend en route to their Silver bracket Championship!
Nitro 12u Orner wins Silver Bracket in Memorial Day tourney!
The team went 8-2 on their way to the Silver Bracket Championship!
Nitro 10U Shrader wins Bronze bracket at Memorial Day Tourney!
PITTSBURGH NITRO SHOWCASE
2014-2015 CAMP/SHOWCASE SCHEDULE
SEPT 20-21 NEWTOWN ROCK GOLD FALL COLLEGE SHOWCASE
OCT 25-26- PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH- AMERICA PREMIER FALL SHOWCASE
JAN 3-4 QUEEN OF DIAMOND INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE SHOWCASE/CAMP
KENT STATE, OHIO
MAY 22-24 MEMORIAL DAY SUPER NIT –USSSA
JUNE 5-7 INDIANA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SHOWCASE-USSSA
IUP SHOWCASE CAMP- JUNE 5 8:00 PM
JUNE 12-14 LASER NATION BY INVITATION-ASA
JUNE 19-21PENNSBURY INVITATIONAL
LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP,PANATIONAL FASTPITCH COLLEGE ASSOCIATION (NFCA) ADMINISTERED CAMP/ACADEMIC CAMP
JUNE 26-28 USSSA OF WPA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
JULY 2-5 TNT COLLEGE SHOWCASE
TNT COLLEGE CAMP WED JULY 1
JULY 10-12 STINGRAY COLLEGE SHOWCASE-PGF
NATIONAL FASTPITCH COLLEGE ASSOCIATION (NFCA) ADMINISTEREDCAMP JULY 9
JULY 17-19 LENGENDARY SUMMER SCORCHER-PGF
COLLEGE SHOWCASE CAMP and TOURNAMENT JULY 15 & 16LEGENDARY
JULY 24-26 ASA YEAR END SLUGFEST
BEAVER FALLS, PA
SEPT 5-6 QUEEN OF DIAMOND SHOWCASE TOURNAMENT/CAMPS
14U Cumming goes 5-1 and makes the semifinals at PGF shootout
12U Larcinese goes to semis at PGF Breast Cancer Shootout
14U Cumming wins Spring Tune-up!
The York Family and Nitro nation gives back to the game!
Teams- a huge and heartfelt thank you to Larry and Alaina York and families and to all Nitros who helped contribute to this very worthy cause. As you can read, other organizations helped as well and WPA has so many generous folks. Larry, thank you for spearheading the collection and the distribution for all of this.You are amazing!
Nitro Alumni Bicko doing well at the next level
Tara Bicko Hitting her first collegiate homerun and earning valuable playing time as a freshman, Most impressive of all she made the Dean's list in her first semester. Nice job Tara!
Nitro Orner went 6-0 on the weekend.
Showcase team attends Kobata Clinic
Showcase player..Michaela Palmieri in the news!
Plum standout Palmieri part of Netherlands tournament
By Michael Love
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Michaela Palmieri had a breakout season last spring as a freshman for the Plum varsity softball team.She helped the Mustangs win their first section title since 2009, make another trip to the WPIAL playoffs and capture the first playoff victory in the history of the program.While Palmieri prepares for the upcoming season with winter workouts, she also recently gotthe chance to test her skills at an international tournament in the Netherlands against some top talent from the United States and Europe. The Cup International Softball Tournament from Jan. 14 to 21 brought together 16 teams — five teams of high school players from the U.S. as well as teams from the Netherlands, Italy, the Czech Republic and France. “It was such an amazing experience,” Palmieri said.“I think I did OK. There was a lot of good competition.” While the players spoke different languages, the international language of softball was spoken loud and clear, Palmieri said. Palmieri played on the Avengers United squad that went 2-3-1 for a ninth-place finish. The team scored 24 runs in its six games and gave up 10. She played in three of the six games and went 3 of 9 with four runs and two RBI. Each U.S. team was assembled through a process that began at last year's Queen of Diamonds showcases in South Carolina and in Ohio at Kent State University. There was a local flair to Palmieri's Avengers United team, as she came together with a couple of players from Penn-Trafford, as well as her travel club teammate Riplee Burkhart, a sophomore pitcher and infielder from Penn Hills. Ten players filled the roster for each of the six U.S. teams. Illness caused a number of U.S. players to miss some games, and that was the case for Palmieri, who was out of action for three contests. “That was hard,” she said. “My teammates were giving me updates on the games I wasn't able to attend.” The international talent included the Netherlands national team, and players on some of the European teams were close to 30 years of age. “It was a privilege to play in the tournament and to see the sites in the country,” Palmieri said. “It was a great opportunity, and I made some great memories.” Palmieri, a second baseman, hopes to build on a freshman season at Plum that saw her compile a .389 average (28-for-70) with seven doubles, one triple and 14 runs batted in. She drew five walks and had six sacrifices. “I am really excited for this spring,” she said. “I am a sophomore now, and I want to set an example for the younger players the same way I looked up to players older than me.”
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
Copyright © 2015 — Trib Total Media
More Nitro success at YSU!
The 10U Shrader and 12U Orner teams both clean house at Youngstown State. Both teams went 3-0 on the weekend and team Orner gave up only one run in doing so. Great job Ladies!
Nitro Sisters watch the game intently while others are having too much fun!
Nitro Cumming and Nitro Mesich do well at YSU!
Nitro 14's, pictured below, went 3-0 on the day at Youngstown State University with wins over Pgh. Spirit, Team Pennsylvania and Pgh. Shock
Nitro Mesich also had a great showing at YSU as Rebecca Tatone pitched a no-hitter for the team!
Nitro representied well at Queen of Diamonds North!
January 5, 2015
Game MVP Award Winners (Hannah Dobrinick, Laurenm Gohacki, Shannon Davis, Olivia Miller)
Nitro Families- Meg Christner, Michaela Palmieri, Riplee Burkart, Shannon Davis, Madi Stoner, Jordan Bernard, Ali Belgiovane, Alaina York, Riplee Burkhart, Chelsea Bisi, Scarlett, Stein, Lauren Gohacki, Hannah Dobrinick, Olivia Miller, Kaitlyn Hoffner, Danielle Chorba and Jess Tatone.
These 17 Nitro ladies from 14U to 18U performed at the Queen of Diamond Showcase , Kent State University, with players from other states and in front of college coaches at a very intense camp and showcase event. The Queen of Diamonds are held twice a year, one in the North and one in the South. It is a rigorous process to be accepted and not everyone who applies to this can or should be in. Once accepted, each player is placed on individual teams with players and coaches they rarely know and given one position the entire weekend. They have 50 minutes each game to showcase their skills either on the field or in cages. The field games allow very few at bats, so they have to come out at the top of their game from the start. It is a lot of pressure and anxiety for both players and the parents. However, our Nitros , each and everyone, made themselves proud us well as us. Four of our players received MVP's, Shannon Davis, Olivia Miller, Hannah Dobrinick, and Lauren Gohacki. Lauren is 14U on Team Cumming and this was her first showcase event at the QDSN. Congratulations to these four and to each and everyone of you. You have to feel so very proud of the hard work and effort you put into this weekend. The stress, the adrenaline, the fun and camaraderie, meeting and playing with new players and coaches, all of it made for a very exciting and memorable weekend. Congratulations to the parents as well. Andy and I know first hand as we did it too for 3 years with our daughter and coached there for about 10 years now. We truly believe in the process and we so appreciate your support you give to your beautiful daughters.
Nitro 14's donating toys to the Women's Shelter. Team hitting lesson with Chris Sidick then scrimmage vs. Thunder 16's. — at C-Side Sports.
Shannon Davis (Team Barrett and formerly Showcase Team) has committed to Point Park University and Alexa Pastor (team Mesich) has committed to Wheeling Jesuit University. Congrats ladies!
Alexa Pastor Shannon Davis
12U Orner takes 2nd place at benefit tourney!
16U Bisi turns heads at Xtreme Dimensions Rock Gold Showcase
The rain on Saturday cancelled all of the games but on Sunday the girls came out strong earning a win and a tie in their only two games. Nice start girls!
Nitro Sisters taking in a football game!
Nitro 14's at the Pirate Game!
Nitro Cumming at Fall Friendly!!
team Cumming goes 4-0 outscoring opponents 42-2!
Nitro Players win MVP awards at Queen of Diamonds South
Scarlett Stein(Team Bisi) and Alexa Pastor (Team Mesich) both win game MVP at QDS South
Nitro Players win Little League World Series!
Nitro players Ali Belgiovane, Stacey Walling, Autumn Beasley and Jordan Bernard were part of the West Point All Stars 2014 Junior League World Series Championship Team in Kirkland Washington.
Tryouts are complete and the new teams are being finalized. Check the team pages for more information. We are looking forward to an exciting new season! All old information will be moved to team pages or the Archived News section to prepare for the upcoming season.
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