Softball Spring Break Virtual Tournaments
Due to the fact that the regular season was cut extremely short, the South Charlotte Sports Report has decided to fly the 21 Virtual Softball teams to three exotic softball locations to participate in Spring Break Invitationals. The 21 teams will compete at the University of Hawai’i, University of Florida in Gainesville and at the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
(University of Hawai’i Campus)
Monday April 13
Cox Mill at Hickory Ridge
Piedmont at Central Cabarrus
Mooresville at Charlotte Catholic
Tuesday April 14
Marvin Ridge at Cox Mill
Myers Park at Piedmont
Hickory Ridge at Mooresville
Wednesday April 15
Cox Mill at Piedmont
Central Cabarrus at Mooresville
Cuthbertson at Myers Park
Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
(University of Florida – Gainesville, FL)
Thursday April 16
Ardrey Kell at Providence
Lake Norman at Porter Ridge
Friday April 17
Providence at Cuthbertson
Ardrey Kell at Hough
Charlotte Christian at South Meck
Saturday April 18
Porter Ridge at Providence
Lake Norman at Charlotte Christian
Independence at Cuthbertson
USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex
(Oklahoma City, OK)
Thursday April 16
Cannon at Providence Day
Weddington at Parkwood
Friday April 17
Cannon at Weddington
Providence Day at Parkwood
4/13 Charlotte Virtual Softball Games
After travelling across the country and heading to the island of Hawaii, the first of the Charlotte teams are ready to take some time away from the beach and play some softball!
Central Cabarrus 3
Piedmont jumped out to an early two run lead on a Central Cabarrus miscue in the second inning and then held on to beat the upstart Vikings 4-3. The Vikings tied the game up in the third on a Brantleigh Parrott two run double. The Rebels took back the lead for good in the fifth when Kloie Greene and Haleigh Elkins each singled and were driven in by Brianna Steed. Central Cabarrus cut the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh on an Aniyah Tate solo homer but the Vikings stranded the game tying run on third to give Piedmont the win.
Charlotte Catholic 1
Mooresville used a strong attack from the get go to cruise to an 8-1 win over Charlotte Catholic Monday night in Hawaii. The Harrell twins (Imara and D’Nahjah) each had three hits while Olivia Marshall collected 4 RBI’s. Charlotte Catholic only mustered one hit on the evening but it was a big fly by Cara Bowman. Kali Morton was masterful in the circle for the Devils striking out 10 in the cool Hawaiian air.
Hickory Ridge 4
Cox Mill 3
The game of the day took place in the nightcap of Hawaiian action. It was an old fashion pitching duel for six complete. Gracie Parker and Madison Phillips were masterful in that time mowing down batters one by one in the beach air. Parker gave up one hit striking out seven while Phillips gave up two hits striking out eight in six innings. But just as the teams went to the seventh innings, the fireworks got started. Cox Mill led off the seventh with three straight singles by Cassidy Wall, Grace De Hesselle and Mary Brandle only to be driven in on a bases loaded double by Lexie Bost. Taking a three run lead to the bottom of the seventh seemed safe, but this is Hawaii. Hickory Ridge started the inning off one better by back to back to back doubles by Gracie Parker, Kylie LaRoussa and Erin Murphy. With two outs and a 3-2 lead, Kasey Spease stepped to the plate and ended it with a walk off two run homer to secure the win for the Ragin Bulls.
Now that everyone is settled in sunny Hawaii, the scheduling gods have given Central Cabarrus, Cuthbertson and Charlotte Catholic the day off to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Island! Others played during Day #2 of Hawaiian Virtual Softball.
Myers Park 8
Myers Park used a quality combined pitching performance from Madi Lojko and Ashley Szymonski to limit the strong hitting Piedmont team to four runs in an 8-4 victory Tuesday. Just like Monday, Piedmont jumped out fast when Shea Griffin homered in the first scoring Scarlet Little. Piedmont tacked on a run in the second on an RBI double by Jadah Kelley to go up by three. That’s when the Mustangs woke up from their slumber by scoring two runs each in the third through sixth innings to take control of the game. Whittney Barringer hit a two run homer in the third, Brylie Major doubled in two in the fourth and Aniya King and Alina Atzor both scored on a fifth inning double by Amy Lautenschlager. The Mustangs concluded the scoring in the sixth when Whitney Formon singled in two more runs. Piedmont scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh on a solo homer by Kloie Greene. The Mustangs and Piedmont will both finish the Hawaiian softball experience tomorrow against Cuthbertson and Cox mIll respectively.
Cox Mill 3
Marvin Ridge 0
Madison Phillips held the strong hitting Mavericks to three hits and zero runs over seven innings to get the win. Mary Brandle, Phillips and Grace Hamilton each had RBI’s for Cox Mill to lead them offensively. Lexie Bost collected three hits for the Chargers. Riya Patel was masterful as well for Marvin Ridge. She scattered seven hits over the six innings and struck out nine. The Mavericks had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth, but a great defensive double play started by Maddi Griffith ended the rally. Marvin Ridge will enjoy the last day catching some rays on the beach while Cox Mill will match up against Piedmont tomorrow.
Hickory Ridge 2
Again the game of the day took place in the nightcap of Hawaiian action. Gracie Parker again was on fire in the circle holding the strong offense of the Devils to six hits but only one run as her defense got her out of a couple jams in the second and fourth. Mooresville did squeeze one run in in the fifth, literally with the Harrell sister duo taking charge. With one out and Imara Harrell at third, sister D’Nahjah laid down a two strike bunt to score her sister. Unfortunately for Mooresville, it wasn’t enough. Down to its last three outs, Hickory Ridge finally got to Devil’s starter Kali Morton. Jadyn Jonasse and Rachel Herzig both singled to start the innings and with two outs, scored on an Erin Murphy single. Anna Dew came in to get the last three outs and the win for the Ragin Bulls. Hickory Ridge will enjoy the Big Island tomorrow while Mooresville will face Central Cabarrus in a big matchup.
4/15 Charlotte Virtual Softball Games
They say all good things must come to an end and so shall the fun and excitement of visiting Hawaii and virtually playing the game that they love. These last 3 games hosted by the University of Hawaii didn’t disappoint. Aloha!
Myers Park 3
Cuthbertson playing its one and only game in the Hawaiian sun really benefited from the rest and relaxation to upset the Mustangs 4-3 on Wednesday. Katie Gallagher held the Mustangs to six hits over six innings and Abby Delp came in to finish off the seventh to preserve the win. Myers Park scored two in the first and two in the third to take the lead. Madi and Sam Lojko had RBI singles in the first while Claire Allison scored on a Caroline Cox RBI single in the third. After that, the Cuthbertson pitching held the Mustangs at bay. Cuthbertson scored a run in the top of the third on a solo homer by Grace Stein and added three in the sixth on a three run blast by Kelly O’Neill. Now its back to the states to finish up Spring Break and return to the virtual fields in Charlotte next week.
Cox Mill 9
It was an old fashion Hawaiian shootout on the last day of the Spring Break Tourney as the pitching couldn’t keep runners off base. Back and forth, the Panthers and Chargers kept putting pressure on each other and it ended up coming down to who had the last at bat. Today, that team was the Panthers. Down a run in the bottom of the seventh, Brianna Steed led off the inning with a single, stole second base and scored on an Avery Bellai single. Then Bellai was able to score from first on a walk off double by Emma Gemind. Gemind, Pressley Taylor and Hayle Eubanks led the Panthers with three hits each. The Chargers were led offensively by Scottie Lister and Hannah Cox with three hits each while Jordan Parkin had three RBI’s. Both teams finished a fun and exciting trip to the Big Island but unfortunately it’s back to Charlotte for both.
Central Cabarrus 10
Trying to top the Cox Mill versus Piedmont game on excitement, Central Cabarrus and Mooresville put on a different kind of show. This game was all or nothing. Central Cabarrus scored early and often making this one look like it was going to be a laugher. Not so fast. The Vikings cored ten runs in the first three innings thanks to hot hitting. Brantleigh Parrott, Kasey Lee and Elyssa Bost each had multiple hits in the first three innings to give Central a ten run lead after three complete. On the verge of getting run ruled, Mooresville scratched across one run in the fifth to keep the game going. After scoring one more in the bottom of the sixth to pull to 10-2, Mooresville was down to its last three outs. And just like that, the bats came alive. Morgan Bornkamp had a big three run double and Hailey Lane added a two run double to pull Mooresville to within 10-8 with runners at second and third. With two outs, Imara Harrell put a charge into an inside fastball that sailed down the left field line, over the fence…..and foul. What would have been? On the next pitch, Harrell put a charge into one to straight away center and Riley Melton made a SportsCenter catch up against the fence to preserve the win for the Vikings. What a game and what a way to end the first ever Virtual Spring Break Hawaiian Invitational.
4/16 Charlotte Virtual Softball Games
Today starts the final two virtual softball tournaments in Gainesville Florida and Oklahoma City Oklahoma respectively. It’s such a great opportunity to play the game these girls love in these historic locations!
University of Florida – Katie Seashole Field
Ardrey Kell 6
Ardrey Kell really thrived in the Florida sunshine on Thursday to defeat the rival Panthers 6-2. Lexi Markle pitched the first five innings giving up one run on six hits while McKenna Sheehey closed out the game getting the save by striking out four in two innings. At the plate, Markle and Grace Kegley led the charge with two hits and an RBI each while Hanna Barker added three RBI’s. Providence cut the lead to one run in the third on a Kat Moody two run blast but it wasn’t enough. Ava Rossi also added two hits for Providence. Both teams are back in action Friday.
Porter Ridge 5
Lake Norman 4
The game of the day from the University of Florida happened in the nightcap. Porter Ridge took the lead in the first with a leadoff homer by Makayla Cuthbertson in the bottom of the first. Not to be out, Lake Norman countered with their own long ball in the top of the second provided by Carly Christopher. This was the two run variety. Scoreless from that point until the sixth, Lake Norman added two in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 4-1 on a two run double by Sammy Ladowski. In the bottom of the sixth, Porter Ridge got to starter Linda Moore for three runs capped by a two run single by Hailey Jernigan. Laney Love replaced her sister Lauren in the top of the seventh to strike out the side setting up an exciting bottom half. Madison Stamper led off the inning with a single and was run for by Sabrina Keefe. Keefe was sacrificed to second by Cuthbertson and moved to third on a groundout to second. Two pitches later, Keefe scored on a ball in the dirt getting away from the Lake Norman catcher and that was the ball game. Both teams will have Friday off to tour the University of Florida and the area before finishing up the invitational Saturday.
USA Hall of Fame Complex – Oklahoma City
Providence Day 1
Cannon came out guns a blazing in the Oklahoma City heat by scoring 5 in the first to cruise to a 6-1 win on Thursday. Gabby Polsky and Katie Grissom both had three hits each for Cannon while Stephanie Grissom had three RBI’s on the day. Gabby Holloway got the win pitching a complete game two hitter. Her one mistake was to Katie Hollowell in the fourth when she took one over the center field fence. Jala Wright took the loss for Providence Day. Both teams will conclude play Friday.
Weddington controlled the action on Thursday by scoring early and adding on late to upset Parkwood in Oklahoma City. Chloe Luzarraga and Bridget Johnson had RBI singles in the first to take an early lead. Parkwood countered in the third with a two run homer by Jenna Whelan. Weddington continued the hot day scoring three in the fourth on a three run homer by Maddy Wasulko followed by a solo homer in the sixth by Grace Manning. Morgan Nayle got the win for Weddington and Grace Crocker took the loss for Parkwood. Both teams will be back in action Friday to conclude the invitational at the Softball Hall of Fame.
Today marks the middle day of the Spring Break Invitational in Gainesville Florida and the last day of games at the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
University of Florida – Katie Seashole Field
Providence rode the strong arm of Reece Wells to a two run win at the University of Florida on Friday. Erin Gabriel and Carly Hite led the Panthers at the plate with 2 hits each while Gabriele Brown added 2 RBI’s to the cause. Cuthbertson scored three runs early on a homer by Emma Mooney in the second but Providence chipped away by scoring two in the third, fifth and sixth to score the victory. Cuthbertson’s Allee Seering contributed three hits for the Cavaliers.
Ardrey Kell 2
Hough used its day off on Thursday to get some much needed “fun in the sun” and it showed at the plate Friday. The Huskies scored in each of the six plate appearances to beat the Knights of Ardrey Kell 10-2. Three Huskies had three hits including Austin Pearce, Sarah Benjamin and Leslie Johnson. Ardrey Kell was led offensively Sam Mitchell and Abby Veith with two hits each and Lexi Markle collected both RBI’s for the Knights.
Charlotte Christian 5
South Meck 3
Two youngsters pitched really well in the nightcap of the Spring Break Invitational in Gainesville on Friday night. Neither Wynne Gore for Charlotte Christian or Taylor Barlow of South Meck was helped by their respective defenses with each flame thrower giving up only one earned run. Charlotte Christian did a little more with the opportunities presented them to get the win for Coach Hinde. Gore, MC Eaton and Mackenzie Prather collected extra base hits for the Knights. South Meck was led by Zoe Poore and Carlee McWilliam who each had two hits.
USA Hall of Fame Complex – Oklahoma City
Weddington proved to really like the atmosphere at the Softball Hall of Fame by winning its second game in as many days over Cannon on Friday. The Warriors scored early and often to pound out a season high 15 hits. Layla Manning and Chloe Luzarranga had three hits each while Jocelyn Garcia and Morgan Nayle each had two. Nayle pitched the first four innings but was pulled to rest in the fifth. Cannon did have chances to get back in the game but left too many runners on base. Styephanie Grissom and Jessie Dickerson did most of the damage at the plate for Cannon. Both players had a double and single while Helen Craft came off of the bench to collect the lone RBI.
Providence Day 0
Parkwood concluded the two day invitational in Oklahoma City with some major fireworks. Grace Crocker of the Rebels threw a complete game No Hitter and missed a perfect game by walking one in the seventh. Crocker added six strike outs on the evening but can thank her defense for preserving the no-no. In the third, Centerfielder Jenna Whelan came out of nowhere to make a driving backhand grad in left center while Shortstop Madison Roland made a Derek Jeter like backhand and throw to first in the fifth. Both plays got applause and a bow from Crocker in the circle. Annabelle Cicoletti was the lone base runner for Providence Day as she drew a walk in the seventh.