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NYFA 12U Softball Team Wins Championship Ending a Tremendous Season

The Northern York Fastpitch Association’s (NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team completed its 2018 season by going 5-0 and winning the Summer Spectacular in Greencastle, PA.   

“This tournament wrapped up an absolutely amazing season,” said Jason Randalls, head coach.  “These young ladies finished 38-12-1 in tournament play and are currently ranked #4 in the state of Pennsylvania.  It was great weekend of ball, but it was also sad watching this great bunch of girls pack up their gear for the last time.  To say I’m proud of this team would be an understatement.”

Pool Play Game 1 - Polar Elite 5, Maryland Rebels 4.  

The tournament got off to a shaky start as the Rebels grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first on a single, two errors and a fielder’s choice.  The Polar Elite got one back in the first as Emily Randalls (walk) stole home. Natalie Hunt singled in the second to score Karla Elicker before Allison “Gator” Aschenbrenner (single) scored on a wild pitch.   An error allowed a third Rebel run to score but NYFA answered quickly as Elicker singled scoring Tayler Yoder in the third. With two out in the top of the fifth, the Rebels tied the game on an error and a triple.  With time winding down, Yoder lead off the bottom of the fifth with a single and immediately stole second. Keira Devor walked, Elicker was intentionally walked setting the stage for Aschenbrenner to line a game winning, walk off single to right.   Devor earned the win pitching five innings allowing three hits, four unearned runs and striking out seven.

Pool Play Game 2 – Polar Elite 10, Xplosion 1  

The Polar Elite bats came to life in game two scoring 10 runs on seven hits.  Hunt led the team with three hits, Yoder had two. Jessica Li drove in three runs while Yoder and Sarah Turner each drove in two.  Hunt earned the win pitching a complete game allowing one hit, one run while striking out six.

Pool Play Game 3 – Polar Elite 14, Del Val Lightning 2

The Lightning started fast in the first taking a one run lead on an error and a fielder’s choice. The Polar Elite answered on a sacrifice fly by Li scoring Randalls (hit by a pitch).  NYFA put the game away in the bottom of the second scoring 12 runs, on ten hits highlighted by an inside the park home run by Hannah Galbraith, triples by Aschenbrenner and Turner and doubles by Lane and Hunt. Galbraith scored on an error in the third ending the game via mercy rule.  Lane earned the win pitching two innings of no hit ball and striking out five.

Championship Bracket Play Game 1 – Polar Elite 10, Del Val Lightning 0

NYFA entered championship play as the top seed drawing the Lightning in game 1.  After a scoreless first, the Polar Elite scored four times in the second. Aschenbrenner tripled scoring Turner (walk) and courtesy runner Ashley Miller.  Hunt singled to score Aschenbrenner and later scored on an error. In the third, Aschenbrenner tripled again scoring Yoder and Emmalee Mowery to make the score 6-0.  Li and Lane would drive in three more runs in the fourth before Miller scored on a wild pitch to end the game via mercy rule. Lane earned the win pitching four innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out four.

 

Championship Game  – Polar Elite 5, Maryland Rebels 2

The Polar Elite would face the Rebels again to determine the tournament champion.  The Rebels scored in the top of the first on two hits and fielder’s choice. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Lane singled scoring Li and Miller to give NYFA a 2-1 lead.  The Rebels tied it in the second on a single, double and a fielding error. In the third, Li (singled) and scored on a dropped fly ball hit by Yoder. In the fifth, Li was at third base and attempted to score on a wild pitch.  However, the ball bounded off the back stop and right back to the catcher. Great base running by Li allowed her to eventually steal home after a lengthy and exciting rundown. Courtesy runner Galbraith scored in the bottom of the sixth on a hard hit ball by Hunt.  In the top of the seventh, the first two Rebel hitters singled. However a strikeout, a fielder’s choice and a great leaping catch by Randalls at first base secured the game and the championship for the Polar Elite. Devor earned the victory pitching seven innings allowing nine hits, one earned run with six strikeouts.     

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits:  Hunt (7); Aschenbrenner, Li and Yoder (5); Lane, Randalls and Turner (4)  

Runs Scored:  Galbraith, Hunt, Li and Yoder (6); Miller and Randalls (5)

RBI’s:  Aschenbrenner (7), Li (5), Lane (4)

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 2 wins, 13.0 IP, 14 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K’s

Lane – 2 wins, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K’s

 

Hunt – 1 win, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K’s

 

2018 NYFA 12U Hot Start Rained out in Maryland

This season, the Northern York Fastpitch Association’s (NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team’s fiercest rival has been Mother Nature.  After winning their first two pool play games, Mother Nature took over dumping inches of rain on the complex and cancelling the remainder of the 2018 Howard County Summer Sizzler tournament in Ellicott City Maryland.    

“This is our fourth tournament of the year that has been cut short due to rain,” said Jason Randalls, head coach.  “It was really disappointing as we played very well in tough, wet conditions.  I think we had a very good chance to play for the tournament championship on Sunday.”    

Pool Play Game 1 - Polar Elite 10, Lakeshore Lightning 0. 

Natalie Hunt singled to start the game and scored on a steal of home giving the Polar Elite a one run lead in the first.  In the second, with two outs, Hunt singled again, Emmalee Mowery walked and both runners scored on three run inside-the-park home run by Jessica Li.  In the third, Sarah Turner, pinch running for Keira Devor (single), scored on Ashley Miller’s inside-the-park home run giving the Polar Elite a 6-0 lead after three innings.  In the fourth, Hannah Galbraith walked and scored on NYFA’s third inside-the-park home run of the game, this one by Eliza Lane.  In the fifth, Miller singled scoring Turner and then scored on a single by Hunt.  Devor earned the win pitching five innings allowing only three hits. 

Pool Play Game 2 – Polar Elite 11, EPWV Tsunami 4 

During game two, conditions were tough as the game was played during steady and at times heavy rain.  All pitchers struggled to grip the ball effectively.  Four walks, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice allowed the Tsunami to take an early 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the first, the Polar Elite scored five times as Miller hit a two run single scoring Hunt and Mowery.  Li and Miller would score on wild pitches and Lane scored on a Turner single.  In the second, Li reached on a fielding error and scored on Miller’s second inside-the-park homerun of the day.  In the third, Devor singled scoring Hunt (single).  Galbraith, running for Devor, would score on a Li triple.  Li then scored on a wild pitch.  Hunt, Lane and Devor all pitched in the game with Lane earning the victory throwing 1.2 innings of hitless ball, striking out three.          

Depending on weather and field conditions, the Polar Elite plans to play their final tournament of the season this weekend in Chambersburg.     

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits:  Miller (4); Hunt and Li (3); Devor, Lane and Turner (1)

Runs Scored:  Hunt, Li and Miller (4); Lane (3); Galbraith, Mowery and Turner (2)     

RBI’s:  Miller (7); Li (4); Lane (2); Devor, Hunt and Turner (1)  

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 1 win, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K’s

Lane – 1 win, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Hunt – 0,1 2 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, K

2018 NYFA 12U Polar Elite Finishes 2-2 at Summer Jam NIT

 

For the first time in nearly two months, the Northern York Fastpitch Association’s (NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team played two consecutive tournament days without any rain.  Playing at the 2018 Summer Jam NIT in Sterling, Virginia, the Polar Elite finished 2-2 against some very good competition.   

 

 “We expected some tough games going into the weekend and we weren’t disappointed,” said Jason Randalls, head coach.  “There is a fine line between winning and losing when playing good teams in tournaments like this one.  For the most part we played well, however our good hitting was shut down by some very good pitching.  I think we learned a lot about ourselves and our two losses were to the teams that finished first and second in the tournament.  Now, we have two weeks to continue to work and prepare for our next challenging tournament, June 30 and July 1st, in Chambersburg.”

Game 1 -  Polar Elite 7, TriState Thunder 0. 

The Polar Elite started fast in Game 1 against the Tri State Thunder scoring three runs in the top of the first as Emily Randalls, Jessica Li and Hannah Galbraith all walked.  Eliza Lane hit a sacrifice fly scoring Randalls before Tayler Yoder doubled to left scoring Li and Galbraith.  In the second, Emmalee Mowery and Natalie Hunt reached on fielding errors, Sarah Turner walked, and with two outs, Galbraith tripled to right clearing the bases for 6-0 lead.  In the fourth, Lane scored on a bases load walk.  Keira Devor threw a complete game shutout allowing only three hits while striking out six. 

Game 2 -  Polar Elite 4, VA Xplosion 3. 

Game Two was close throughout and eventually became a walk off win for the Polar Elite over the VA Xplosion.  Again, NYFA started fast in the first as Hunt singled and scored on an RBI single by Ashley Miller.  In the second, Turner walked, Karla Elicker singled and Allison Aschenbrenner knocked in both runners with a single to center.  The Xplosion came back scoring once in the third, and with time running out, and two outs, they scored twice in the top of the fourth to tie the game at three.  As the home team, the Polar Elite had one more at bat to try and win the game.  In the bottom of the fourth, after two outs, Hunt walked and stole second base.  She scored the winning run on a Devor infield single and an Xplosion throwing error.  Hunt was the winning pitcher throwing four innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits and a strikeout.   

Game 3 -  Magic 3, Polar Elite 0. 

In Saturday’s third game, the Polar Elite played the eventual tournament champion Cumberland County Magic.  In this game, NYFA faced the best pitcher they’ve seen all year.  She threw hard, had a very good changeup and was backed by an excellent defense.  After two outs it the first, the Magic put together three consecutive hits to score a run.  After a scoreless second, again the Magic put together another series of three hits to score.  In the third, same story, with two outs, a hit, a sacrifice bunt and another single scored a third run.  NYFA’s best scoring chance came in the third as Li tripled to right center.  Aschenbrenner, pinch running for Li, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Galbraith groundout.  NYFA pitched well, defended well and put the ball in play however, the balls put in play by the Magic found grass and dirt, while ball it by the Polar Elite mostly found gloves. 

Game 4 -  Northern Calvert Fury 9, Polar Elite 3.

The Polar Elite entered Sunday’s single elimination Gold Bracket championship tournament as the eighth seed facing the number one seed Northern Calvert Fury.  NYFA jumped out to an early lead in the first as Hunt singled and scored on a Galbraith groundout.  In the second, Yoder and Devor singled and scored on a two run single by Turner.    However, the game turned the bottom of the second as the Fury scored four times to take the lead on a walk, three hits and an error.   The Fury then pulled away scoring three times in the third and twice in the fourth on four hits, two walks and a couple of errors.  The Fury would lose to the Magic in the Tournament Championship game. 

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits:  Devor– 3; Galbraith, Hunt and Yoder—2;  

Runs Scored:  Hunt—4; Turner—2;  

RBI’s:  Galbraith—4, Hunt and Yoder—2  

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 1 win, 2 losses, 13.0 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 10 K’s

Hunt – 1 win, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

 

2018 NYFA 12U Polar Elite Earns 2nd Place at June Bash

Rain, Rain go way, please let us play another day!

 

For the second weekend in a row, rain significantly impacted the Northern York Fastpitch Association’s

(NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team at the USSSA June Bash Tournament in Chambersburg. Based on

two wins and run differential, the Polar Elite were awarded second place for the weekend tournament.

“One of these weekends I hope we’ll be able to complete an entire tournament,” said Jason Randalls,

head coach. “This was a big 12-team tournament against some really good teams. We were supposed

to play at least five games, however, Mother Nature only allowed us to play two. It was a long, wet, and

humid day filled with adversity on and off the field. The girls stayed focused, completed were rewarded

for their perseverance!”

 

After arriving at 6:45 am for an 8:00 am game, the Polar Elite had to wait more than five hours to play

game one vs. West Virginia’s Mountaineer Pride. NYFA started quickly in the top of the first as Emily

Randalls reached on an error and scored on a single by Ashley Miller. Jessica Li singled and scored on an

Eliza Lane single. Tayler Yoder reached on another error allowing Miller to score. Yoder later scored on

a hit by Emmalee Mowery. After half an inning, it was 4-0 Polar Elite.

The rest of the game belonged to the pitchers. Kiera Devor pitched a three inning shutout allowing

three hits, no runs while striking out five. After four runs on four hits in the first, Polar Elite hitters only

found gloves as Devor had the only other hit in the game.

Final score: 4-0 Polar Elite.

 

After another three hour delay, the Polar Elite faced Terror Fastpitch from Frederick Maryland. The

Terror started quickly scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. The Polar Elite got one back in the top

of the second as Lane singled and scored on a wild pitch. However, the Terror scored again in the

bottom of the second on a fielder’s choice ground out.

With two outs in the top of the third, Natalie Hunt singled and stole second. Li followed with a single

then Miller singled to score Hunt. Li scored on an error by the catcher then Lane singled to score Miller

giving the Polar Elite a 4-3 lead after two and one half innings.

In the fourth, the Polar Elite added an insurance run as Sarah Turner singled and later scored on Hunt’s

third hit of the game.

Hunt pitched the first two innings of the game allowing 1 hit, 2 earned runs and striking out 3. Devor

pitched the final two innings allowing no hits with two strikeouts.

Final Score: Polar Elite 5, Terror Fastpitch 3.

 

The Polar Elite are off this weekend before heading to Sterling Virginia for the USSSA Summer Jam NIT

Father Day’s tournament.

 

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits: Lane and Hunt– 3; Miller and Li—2; Mowery, Karla Elicker, Devor, Turner and Yoder—1

Runs Scored: Li and Miller—2; Lane, Randalls, Hunt, Turner and Yoder– 1

RBI’s: Miller and Lane—2; Mowery, Hunt and Yoder—1

 

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 1 wins, 1 save, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s

Hunt – 1 win, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s

2018 NYFA 12U Polar Elite Earns 2nd Place in Daniel Boone Tournament

In game 1, strong pitching from Kiera Devor and a 14-hit attacked lead the Polar Elite to a 7-1 defeat of

the Skippack Stars. The Polar Elite scored twice in the first as Natalie Hunt (single) scored on an RBI

groundout by Devor and Emily Randalls (single) scored on a two out double by Eliza Lane. In the second

Sarah Turner (single) stole third and scored on a throwing error. The Stars scored in the third, however,

the Polar Elite got the run back as Ashley Miller tripled and scored on a Lane sacrifice fly. In the fifth,

NYFA put the game away as Miller singled scoring pinch-runner Hannah Galbraith, Miller scored on a

ground out by Emmalee Mowery and Jessica Li tripled home Lane. On the mound, Devor pitched five

innings giving up just three hits, one run while striking out five.

Final score: Polar Elite 7, Skippack Stars 1

 

In game two, Hunt (3 IP and 5 K’s) and Lane (1 IP) combined to throw a four inning no hitter as the Polar

Elite defeated Krush Fastpitch 11-0. Hunt homered to lead off the game while Li and Galbraith had

three hits each. Devor, Tayler Yoder, Turner and Miller contributed hits as well.

Final score: Polar Elite 11, Krush Fastpitch 0

 

In game three, The Polar Elite played Emmaus Krackan—another undefeated team in pool play. Emmaus

started fast in the top of the first inning scoring six runs on four hits and three uncharacteristic Polar

Elite fielding errors. The Polar Elite got one run back in the bottom of the first as Li drove in Hunt who

doubled. However, Polar Elite hitters were not able to string together enough hits to score again until

the fifth when Lane singled to score pinch-runner Galbraith. Krackan’s fast start and excellent defense

enabled them to stay undefeated to earn the tournament championship based on their number one

seed after pool play.

Final score: Emmaus Krackan 7, Polar Elite 2

 

“Today we played one poor inning and it cost us game three against a good team,” said Jason Randalls,

head coach. “Had the rain stayed away, I think we could have had a very successful day on Sunday. This

week we’ll get back to work to prepare for next weekend’s 12-team USSSA tournament in Chambersburg.”

 

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits: Hunt and Devor – 6; Li—5; Lane—4;

Runs Scored: Galbraith—6; Hunt – 5; Miller—3

RBI’s: Li—5; Lane—4; Devor—3

 

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 1 win, 1 loss, 9.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K’s

Hunt – 1 win, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s

Lane—1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K’s

2018 NYFA 12U Polar Elite Wins Mamma Drama Championship

Playing in their first sanctioned United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) tournament of the year, the Northern York Fastpitch Association’s (NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team went 4-0 and was named the 2018 Mamma Drama Tournament Champions in Columbia Maryland.

In game 1, the Polar Elite faced the Hughesville Hustle—the number one ranked 12U softball team in Maryland—and grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two out double by Eliza Lane.  In the third, Lane singled home Emily Randalls making the score 3-0. In the fourth, the Polar Elite broke the game open with five runs highlight by a two run single by Ashley Miller, another RBI single by Lane and an RBI double by Kiera Devor.  On the mound, Devor attacked the Hustle hitters throwing 67 percent of her pitches for strikes while only allowing one run on four hits in the five inning game.

Final score:  Polar Elite 8, Hughesville Hustle 1

Game two was a contest between the Polar Elite and the Maryland Express Fire.  In the top of the first, the Polar Elite scored twice as Allison Aschenbrenner singled home Natalie Hunt and later scored on an Express Fire error. In the third, The Polar Elite scored three times as Jessica Li drove in Karla Elicker, Hannah Galbraith drove in Sarah Turner and a Randalls single scored Galbraith.  On the mound, Hunt pitched four innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out eight.

Final score:  Polar Elite 5, Maryland Express Fire 3

With Devor throwing more strikes on the mound in game three, The Polar Elite dominated the Maryland Fever by a final score of 12-2.  Hunt led the offensive attack with four hits and three RBI’s. Randalls drove in a career high four runs. Miller and Devor each had two hits while Emmalee Mowery, Taylor Yoder, Li and Turner all contributed to the 13-hit attack.    

Final score:  Polar Elite 12, Maryland Fever 2

In the tournament semifinal game, The Polar Elite faced the Lady Outlaws from Hanover.  Hunt dominated from the circle as she struck out eight while allowing just one run on three hits over five innings.  After a slow start, the offense came alive led by Galbraith who went two for three driving in three runs. Li, Turner and Yoder also drove in runs leading the Polar Elite to a 7-1 victory.

Final score:  Polar Elite 7, Lady Outlaws 1

As seven pm approached, so did thunderstorms resulting in the suspension of the other semifinal game led by Hughesville in the final inning.  After a nearly two hour weather delay, the Polar Elite were declared the tournament champions due to their 4-0 record and their earlier victory over Hughesville.       

“Today was a long, hot day of softball in Maryland,” said Jason Randalls, head coach.  “These girls faced some tough competition. While they were wiped out at the end, they played like we know they could and earned their third tournament championship this spring.”    

The Polar Elite have two weeks of practice to prepare for a Memorial Day Weekend tournament in Douglasville, PA on May 26 and May 27.

Weekend offensive Leaders:

Hits:  Hunt – 7; Lane – 5; Miller, Galbraith, Devor and Turner – 3

Runs Scored:  Hunt – 10; Turner, Li and Yoder – 4; Galbraith – 3

RBI’s:  Randalls – 6; Lane and Galbraith – 4;  Hunt, Miller and Li – 3

Weekend Pitching Leaders:

Devor – 2 wins, 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s 

Hunt – 2 wins, 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 16 K’s

 

Diamond Havoc Champions!

The Northern York Fastpitch Association’s (NYFA) 12U Polar Elite Softball Team dominated its competition by a combined score of 78-5 to win the 2018 Diamond Havoc Softball Tournament hosted by In The Net in Palmyra.

 “Most of the players on this year’s team have travel experience and it really showed this weekend,” said Head Coach Jason Randalls.  “Our pitchers dominated, our defense was nearly perfect and our hitters took advantage of nearly every mistake pitch thrown by opposing pitchers.  I’m excited about the depth we have this year every girl on the team participated in last weekend’s championship run.”    

Weekend offensive leaders included Ashley Miller, (8-11, 7 RBI’s), Eliza Lane (9-15, 9 RBI’s), Tayler Yoder (8-14, 9 RBIs), Sarah Turner (6-11, 6 RBI’s) and Kiera Devor (8-15, 10 RBI’S).  The pitching staff was led by Devor (2 wins, 10.2 Innings pitched (IP) with 14 strikeouts), Natalie Hunt (2 winds, 6.0 IP, with 12 strikeouts) and Lane (1 win, 3.1 IP with 6 strikeouts). 

The Polar Elite won all five games played and defeated the Panther’s Select team from York 10-1 to win the championship game Sunday afternoon.  Randalls said “the girls worked extremely hard over the winter on physical conditioning, hitting and fielding skills. This spring they are all faster and stronger than during the fall, and as we face more difficult competition, I look forward to continued success.” 

The team will be traveling to Laurel, Maryland, the Lehigh Valley, Chambersburg, Sterling, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland in May and June. 

12U Travel Tryouts for 2017-2018 Season Have Closed