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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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