NYFA 14U Polar Elite Competes in USSSA Class B Eastern National Championship
NYFA's 14U Polar Elite team recently competed in the USSSA Class B Eastern National Championship tournament in Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland. In a field of 76 teams from 12 states, Polar Elite finished in 17th place, going 2-1 in pool play and 3-2 in double elimination bracket play.
Game 3 - Win 12-5 vs Anne Arundel Heat. NYFA jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first inning and continued to build on it. MacKay earned the win, with Loudenslager pitching in relief. The team tallied 13 hits, with Irwin, Loudenslager, MacKay, left fielder Abby Fetrow, and second baseman Ashley Folk each collecting two hits. Folk led scoring with 3 RBI.
Game 1 - Win 6-4 vs Northampton Hawks. Polar Elite's first bracket play game ended in dramatic fashion. In the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied 4-4, Rylee Martin reached base on a hard hit ball with one out. Then with two outs, Loudenslager and Kemper reached base with a walk and single, respectively. With the bases loaded, two outs, and one strike on her, MacKay lined a single into left-center field to score two runs and end the game. Kemper and Loudenslager combined for the win. MacKay and Kemper combined for five of the team's six hits in the contest. Fetrow had the other hit.
2018 NYFA Polar Elite 14U take 2nd in Memorial Day Madness
Pool Play, Game 3 - Win 4-0 vs Maryland Patriots. Pitchers Madisyn Saposnek and Loudenslager combined for a four-hit shutout. Saposnek and right fielder Taylor Itterly led the offense with extra base hits.
Semifinal - Win 5-2 vs PA Outlaws Elite. Polar Elite score four runs in the first and kept the lead throughout. Pitchers Saposnek and Loudenslager combined for the win. The offense was led by catcher Shay Lieb, who had a pair of hits, and Saposnek, who drove in two runs.
NYFA Polar Elite 14U April 21-22 Diamond Havoc 2nd Place
NYFA's 14U Polar Elite's first tournament of the season was the Diamond Havoc at In the Net in Palmyra. Despite losing two of their starters in the first game to injuries, Polar Elite went 4-2 overall, finishing in second place.
Game 1 - The girls rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to beat the Stonersville Flames 8-7. A series of big hits, including triples by catcher Rebekah Wiley and outfielder Taylor Itterly, helped to push the team ahead in the last inning.
Game 2 - Polar Elite stayed in control the whole game against Winning Edge Energy, winning by a score of 8-2. Madisyn Saposnek pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts and helped herself at the plate with a pair of hits and a walk. Catcher Shay Lieb reached base in all 3 of her at bats, which included a 2-run triple to score the team's first runs of the game.
Game 3 - In the third pool play game on Saturday, Polar Elite lost a hard fought matchup with Loyalsock Elite 6-3. Alyssa MacKay allowed 1 earned run in 3 innings of work in the circle. Outfielder Ashley Folk was the only Polar Elite player to reach base more than once in the game.
Quarterfinal - NYFA squared off against the Keystone Stingers in the quarterfinal game of bracket play. Polar Elite's bats were on fire, ending the game by mercy rule 14-1 in 3.5 innings. Folk, Saposnek, and Wiley each had multiple hits.
Semifinal - Polar Elite's 4 runs in the 3rd inning were enough to squeak by the Mountaineer Pride of West Virginia by a score of 4-3. Folk, MacKay, Saposnek, and Wiley contributed hits in the winning effort.
Championship - The final game featured a rematch with the Stonersville Flames. This time, however, the Flames were victorious in what was an exciting extra-innings game. Polar Elite led the Flames 9-2 after 3 innings of play. The Flames chipped away at the lead inning by inning, eventually tying the game in the 7th inning. In the first extra inning, the Flames scored 4 runs while Polar Elite failed to score. The game ended 13-9 in the Flames' favor. In addition to Lieb, Saposnek, and Wiley, outfielders Rylee Martin and Paige Webster each had hits in the contest.
Head coach Jeff MacKay said of his team's effort, "I'm proud of the way we played. We overcame injuries to three of our second-year 14U players and were competitive in every game. When healthy, I'm confident that this very talented group of players will compete for many more championships."
Including a couple of tournaments in the fall, the team is now 12-6 on the year and have two weeks off before they head to York for the Crist Kickoff. Their 3rd place finish in a field of 32 teams in Strike Out Autism tournament in October 2017 qualified them for the USSSA 14U Class B World Series. They will be making the trip to Ocean City, MD in July to compete in the World Series.
NYFA Polar Elite 14U kicks off the Season with a First Place Finish
The 2017-18 travel season kicked off in Virginia on Sept. 16 for the 14U Polar Elite team! After going 1-2 with 3 hard-fought, close pool play games on Saturday, Polar Elite 14U returned on Sunday going 2-0 in bracket play, putting them in the Championship game. Facing the Virginia Stingrays in their home state, Polar Elite pulled ahead after allowing an early 4-run inning with a fight to the finish to win 1st place with an 8-5 victory!