Sharks Reach the Weston KO Tournament Championship for the Third Year in a Row!

The Sharks made it to the Championship Game at the Weston November Knockout tournament for the 3rd year in a row! We won it the last two times we made it. Not so this time. The Sharks came oh so close to winning this tournament. All it would have taken was one hit. Just one hit. Unfortunately in the Championship game, the Sting Rays pulled off the improbable double play that ultimately resulted in the Sharks losing in a hard fought game. On the bright side, the Sharks played some great competition and in reaching the Championship game beating two 18U teams. That’s not so shabby for a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds.

Sharks second place November KO 2014

The Box Score

  • Sharks tie Lady Bandits Showcase 2-2 (Seeding)
  • Miami Lady Canes 18U over Sharks 8-3 (Seeding)
  • Sharks over Pines Thunder 2-0 (Seeding)
  • Sharks over Lady Bandits Showcase 5-1 (Bracket)
  • Sharks over Miami Lady Canes 1-0 (Bracket)
  • Sting Rays over Sharks 12-7 (Bracket – Championship)

Sharks tie Lady Bandits Showcase 2-2

Taylor pitched lights out for the Sharks. Lady Bandits Showcase managed just one hit off of Taylor. The Sharks managed only 5 hits, but it was enough to keep this game close. Hits were contributed by Rosie, Marley, Taylor, Chelsea and Sami. Needless to say, we would get a rematch the next day.

Miami Lady Canes 18U over Sharks 8-3

Rosie had a great day at the plate going for 2-2, but the Sharks still fell to Miami Lady Canes 18U 8-3 in five innings. The top of the first saw the Sharks take an early lead, 2-0. A double by Chelsea, plating Marley and Taco started the inning off. The game was however never in doubt after the third, as Miami Lady Canes scored five runs on two errors, a solo home run, and an RBI single. Again, a rematch was much needed. And we got one.

Sharks over Pines Thunder 2-0

Sami went 1-2, helping the Sharks to a 2-0 victory over Pines Thunder. She doubled in the first inning. The Sharks’ Taylor kept Pines Thunder off the scoreboard for all four innings. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on three hits while ringing up two. The Deerfield Beach Sharks 14U never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Sami.

Sharks over Lady Bandits Showcase 5-1

I love rematches. Three first-inning runs helped the Sharks to a 5-1 win over Lady Bandits Showcase. The Sharks scored in the first on a two-run double by Sami and a passed ball.  Brandi brought the heat against Lady Bandits Showcase during her outing. Lady Bandits Showcase managed just two hits off of Antonio, who allowed no earned runs and struck out three during her five innings of work. The Lady Bandits Showcase’s lone run of the ballgame came in the third inning on an RBI double. We won when it counted.

Sharks over Miami Lady Canes 1-0

Chelsea came through with a home run blast in the fourth inning, perhaps her best hit ever, sparking the Deerfield Beach Sharks 14U to a 1-0 victory in four innings over Miami Lady Canes 18U on Sunday. The Deerfield Beach Sharks 14U’s Taylor kept the Miami Lady Canes 18U off the scoreboard for all four innings she was on the rubber. She pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two. Hey, we beat an 18U team that beat us the day before. Nice job Sharks.

Sting Rays over Sharks 12-7

What a CRAZY game this was. We got 11 hits, allowed 6 hits, but did not make THE play when it counted. You win some, you lose some. Both teams made incredible plays. We happened to make one less incredible play. The Sting Rays 16U’s sixth inning charge beat the Sharks 12-7. Brandi, Marley and Taco each got 2 hits. While hits were also contributed by Rosie, AJ, Brookie, Mia, and Taylor. We need a rematch.

Moral of the Story: The Sharks can compete against 18U teams and beat them. That would be like the Sharks getting beat by a 10U team. Think about them apples.

Don't Mess with Rosie!

Don’t Mess with Rosie!

Sharks Capture NSA “A” States

In what was ultimately a marathon of sorts, the Sharks went undefeated in 5 games beating the Rock in the ‘Championship’ game to win the NSA State tournament.  The difference maker in the tournament were the Sharks’ 48 hits over five games!  That’s more hits than Elvis Presley and Lil Wayne combined. Sharks NSA A Champs 2014 14U

The Box Score

  • Sharks over Florida Gold John 5-3
  • Sharks tie Florida Gold JR 8-8
  • Sharks over Florida Gold John 7-5
  • Sharks over Tampa Mustangs 11-6
  • Sharks over Rock 9-3 (Championship)

 

Sharks over Florida Gold John 5-3

The Sharks fended off Florida Gold’s late push to hold on to a 5-3 lead.  AJ Chang sparked the Sharks with 2 hits.  Florida Gold scored three runs in the fourth on a groundout by #12. Despite its efforts, Florida Gold couldn’t get over the hump. AJ Chang racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Sharks. She singled in the second and fourth innings. The game’s last lead went to the Sharks thanks to a second inning rally that saw five runs cross the plate on two doubles and a two-run single by AJ.

Sharks tie Florida Gold JR 8-8

In one of the most lackluster and ugly performances ever, the Sharks tied the Florida Gold JR 8-8.  This games was as lackluster as a muddy rock on the bottom of the Mississippi.  Taco came in to pitch and held Florida Gold JR hitless over 2 innings.  The Sharks managed only 7 hits (2 by Taco, and one each by Chelsea, Brookie, Brandi, Sami and Marley).  This was a game that needs to be deleted from the memory banks.  This wasn’t Shark ball.  It was guppy ball.

Sharks over Florida Gold John 7-5

In the first game of elimination, the Sharks faced the Florida Gold John again.  It’s like groundhog day at NSA States.  The Sharks pulled out the win thanks to a strong fourth inning.  The Sharks went up for good on a two-run double by Sami bringing home Chelsea and Taylor.  Sami came through in the clutch again!

Sharks over Tampa Mustangs 11-6

In the second game of elimination, the Sharks packed a wallop.  With 15 hits, there was nothing to stop this tsunami of runs.  The Mustangs actually held the lead until the fourth.  In the fourth, the Sharks went up for good on an RBI single by Brandi scoring Sami.  Chelsea went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. She tripled in the third inning and singled in the fourth inning.  Once again, Chelsea hits some screamers that would have taken the head off the Statue of Liberty. In this game, EVERY Shark got a hit!

Sharks over Rock 9-3 (Championship game)

Let’s just say that the first four games played by the Sharks showed about as much fire and enthusiasm as the main characters from Night of the Living Dead.  But something woke them up for the last game.  Was it the smelling salts?  Taco in a bag?  Watermelon?  Whatever it was, we need to give more of that ‘energy’ fix to them!  Chelsea racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Sharks thus sparking them to a 9-3 win.  She singled in the third inning and tripled in the fourth inning.  The Sharks never surrendered the lead after the second inning, scoring two runs on two singles.  The Sharks built upon its lead with three runs in the third.  Taco’s single got things going, scoring Brookie.  The Sharks tacked on another four runs in the fourth. A triple by Chelsea ignited the offense scoring Brookie, AJ Chang and Marley.

ESPN Plays of the Day

  • Mia had a stellar weekend of play at Shortstop, except when she tripped on her own shoelaces :-)
  • Marley made an amazing catch at Shortstop.  She stopped a line drive with her glove, only to make barehanded catch of the ball before it dropped!
  • Sami had a walk off hit to beat the Florida Gold in the first game of elimination.

The MVP of the Tournament

The entire team!  They batted over .400 as a team

GO SHARKS!

AJ's two hits in the first game jumpstarted the Sharks to win their first game at NSA "A" States.

AJ’s two hits in the first game jumpstarted the Sharks to win their first game at NSA “A” States.

A Day at Ormond Beach! Sharks Capture NSA Memorial Classic

Boy it was hotter than Death Valley at the NSA Memorial Day Classic.  The games ranged from complete shut-outs to contests that were more closely fought than two boxers in a phone booth.  In spite of the fact that our defense was more porous than the Titanic, we more than made up for it with big sticks Sharks win NSA Memorial at Ormond Beach 2014and stellar pitching.   The Sharks pulled off 5 in a row to win the whole shindig.  The Sharks outscored their opponents 42-14 and capped it off with a nail-biter against the Blazers00 winning 5-3.  The Sharks started off the tournament in dominating fashion by crushing the Crush 10-0 and burning the Blazers00 12-0.  The other seeding game found the Sharks behind in the last inning 6-2; however, the Sharks made a thrilling comeback scoring 5 runs to squeak by the Canes.  In bracket play, the Sharks ended up playing the Canes and Blazers00 again.  Beating a team two times in a row is a tough feat.  So kudos to the Sharks!

The Box Score

  • Sharks over Crush 10-0 (Seeding)
  • Sharks over Canes 7-6 (Seeding)
  • Sharks over Blazers00 12-0 (Seeding)
  • Sharks over Canes 8-5 (Bracket)
  • Sharks over Blazers00 5-3 (Championship)

Sharks over Crush 10-0 - A fourth-inning 7-run rally sparked a blowout win for the Sharks. They scored in the fourth on an error, a two-run single by Anna, a passed ball, a single by Chelsea, an RBI single by Taco, and an RBI single by Sami.   The Sharks were led by Taco who went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. Brandi kept the Crush off the scoreboard for all four innings she was on the rubber. She pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out five.  Overall, 2 hits apiece were delivered by the Sharks’ sluggers, Taco and Chelsea.  One hit apiece by Sami, Brandi, Marley and Anna.

Sharks over Canes 7-6 - The Sharks outlasted Canes squeaking out a 7-6 win.  Down 6-2, the Sharks managed to grab the lead after a strong fourth inning.  The Sharks tacked on a total of five runs on a two-run double by Brookie, an error, and an RBI single by Sami.  In was a back and forth affair with the Sharks committing 4 errors.  Nonetheless, the Sharks prevailed.

Sharks over Blazers00 12-0 - The Sharks blasted the Blazers00 with 11 hits to just one for the Blazers00.  The game ended on a mercy rule.  Brandi and AJ led the Sharks with 2 hits apiece.  One hit each was delivered by Chelsea, Taco, Taylor, Sami, Brookie, Marley and Anna.  The Sharks would ultimately face the Blazers00 in the Championship game.  And that one was a totally different game.

Sharks over Canes 8-5 - In bracket play, the Sharks beat Canes 8-5 in six innings  behind Mia, who went 2-3.  She singled in the third and fourth innings.  The Sharks never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring four runs on an RBI double by Chelsea Brown and three singles.  The Sharks pushed across two runs in both the fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, the Sharks scored on an RBI single by Sami.  Despite the huge lead, the Sharks squandered it away with multiple errors.  The Sharks held on to a 8-5 victory however.  Brookie had the hot bat of the game with 3 hits. Munchie, Taco, Chelsea, and Brandi had 2 hits apiece.  A single hit each was delivered by Anna, Marley, Sami and Taylor.  The Sharks had 15 hits in the game!

Sharks over Blazers00 5-3 - The Sharks finally toppled the Blazers00 in back-and-forth affair 5-3 in 7 innings of Championship play.  Taylor was a workhorse on the rubber for Deerfield Beach Sharks. She allowed only one earned run.  Of the 7 hits by the Sharks, 2 were from Chelsea while one each came from Mia, Taco, Brandi, Sami and AJ.   It was a tough win!  But the Sharks took the 1st place trophy…err…I mean medal home.

GO SHARKS! Sharks looking goofy at ORmond Beach 2014

Outstanding Highlights of the Tourney

Brandi allowed zero earned runs for the tournament.

Taylor allowed only one earned run in the Championship game.

Five Sharks batted over .400 for the tournament

  • Chelsea and Brandi 0.500
  • Taco 0.462 (and she had a nice home run blast!)
  • Marley 0.444
  • Brookie 0.417

Mia was a ‘ball magnet’ at Shortstop; made outstanding plays

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step – Taylor was walked 6 times 

Marley nice catch Ormond beach

10383567_658044194249485_2748528210400625753_nSami and AJSharks win Ormond Beach 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Tournament at Wellington

Happy moms dayHappy Mother’s Day!   The Sharks went 2-1-1 at the Mother’s Day tournament at Wellington this past weekend.  It was a tale of two very good games, a so-so game, and a game in which nothing worked for the Sharks (and everything went well for the Dusters 2000, who went on eventually to win the whole shebang).  There were so pretty good highlights of the tournament:  Chelsea had two home runs; Taco had a home run; Marley made some outstanding catches in left field and the team as whole hit well for most of the tournament.

 

The Box Score

  • Sharks over Pines Thunder Black 13-3
  • Sharks over Wellington Wild 11-3
  • Sharks tied Coral Springs Panthers 2-2
  • Dusters 2000 over Sharks 10-1

 

Sharks over Pines Thunder 13-3 – The Sharks jumped out to an early lead on Pines Thunder Black and captured a 13-3 victory on Saturday.  The game was decided quickly as Sharks exerted its will early with 13 runs in the first three innings. An RBI triple by Marley Felder, a groundout by Anna Knight, a three-run home run by Chelsea Brown, and a two-run single by Brandi Antonio in the second inning fueled their offense early.  Marley put herself in scoring position with two extra-base hits.  The Sharks piled on six more runs in the top of the third. Anna’s single got things going, scoring Marley. That was followed up by Mia Veliz‘s single, bringing home Anna.

Sharks over Wild 11-3 –  The Sharks scored five runs in the second on a groundout by Marley Felder, an RBI single by Mia Veliz, and a three-run home run by Chelsea Brown.  Chelsea racked up three RBIs on two hits.  The top of the first saw the Sharks take an early lead, 2-0. A two-run blast by Jordyn Griffith, plating Mia started the inning off.  It didn’t take long for Wellington Wild to answer as it scored three runs of its own in the first. Wellington Wild scored on a hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly by #11, and a steal of home by #27.  The Sharks built upon its lead with four runs in the fourth. A clutch steal of home scored Mia; this was followed up by Taco’s single, scoring Chelsea.

Tied Game – Sharks 2, Panthers 2 – What can you say about a tied game?  It’s like describing the anatomy of a potato.  Boooring.  Anyhow, The Sharks had 4 hits, the Panthers had 3.  The Sharks had 2 errors, the Panthers 1.  Is it any wonder neither team won?

Dusters over Sharks 10-1 – The Sharks fell 10-1 to the Dusters 2000.  Four Dusters combined for six hits and five RBIs.  The Dusters 2000 stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first and never relinquishing it.  The Sharks managed to score one run in the fifth inning on a groundout by Brandi.  It was a game where the Dusters were just ‘on’ and the Sharks…well, they’ve had better days!  Hats off to Eliza for pitching a great game. Congrats to the Dusters 2000 for eventually winning the entire thing.

Marley made outstanding plays at left field.

Marley made outstanding plays at left field.

Sharks win six in a row to capture the Grab the Bats tourney in Ft Myers

There was no going home early to mow the lawn as the Sharks outscored their rivals 57-15 and outhit them 50-15 to capture the GRAB THE BATS tournament in Ft Myers.  After what can only be described as lackluster ball from the Sharks in the previous two tournaments, the Sharks showed with conviction just how dominating they can be when Jupiter aligns with Mars.  They had some beautiful hits, stellar pitching, and at times, some graceful fielding.  Heck, their bats had more action than Lady Gaga’s make-up artist.  Despite the somewhat lopsided scores, this was perhaps the most difficult tournament they’ve competed in all season.  With contributions from literally every Shark, this truly was a team effort all around.  With Taylor and Brandi sharing pitching duties over the last four games and the rest of the team getting timely hits, the Sharks played some darn good ball I must say.  They managed to overcome a few hiccups here and there, but in the end, the Sharks prevailed.Sharks win Grab the Bats 2014 April

Side Bar – Visit to FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University)

Many thanks to the FGCU softball team and their head coach David Deiros for giving us a tour of the facilities and sitting down with the Sharks, Fire, Edge and Bomb Squad to discuss college softball.  In a nutshell, he said if you want to be seen/noticed by college softball coaches, do one simple thing: WIN.  If your team wins, college coaches will notice.  If they lose, then your chances of getting noticed by college coaches are about as good as Miley Cyrus winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Also, be prepared to play any position the coach deems is best to help the team.   If you have a favorite position now, it’s probably a good idea to eliminate that fantasy.  Another interesting point he made (and I paraphrase) is that Showcase tournaments are not a good way to judge softball talent.  Oddly enough, we’ve heard other college coaches say this.  Showcase tournaments are money-makers for the organizers; but they remove the competitive element of softball.  That’s sorta like racing in the Kentucky Derby with everyone getting the first place trophy.

The Box Score

Seeding

  • Sharks over Florida Premier Fastpitch 9-5
  • Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2000 9-1
  • Sharks over Ft Myers Force-Green 14-0

Bracket Play

  • Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2000 4-2
  • Sharks over Miami Stingrays Red 9-5
  • Sharks over Florida Fire 12-2 (Championship game)

 

Sharks over Florida Premier Fastpitch 9-5 - The Sharks squeaked by with a 9-5 win over the Florida Premier Fastpitch.  They pulled out the win thanks to a strong fourth inning. They went up for good on an RBI single by Taco off scoring Anna Knight.  Taco racked up four RBIs on two hits.  In fact, she had an over the fence HR blast that scored Mia and Chelsea!  Overall, the Sharks had 7 hits (Mia and Taylor each had two and Sami had one).  This was a hard fought win.

Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2000 9-1 - Mizuno Edge is one of the very best teams in Florida and our games with them are always a back-and-forth affair.  This time, the Sharks beat the Mizuno Edge 2000 9-1 in five innings with an exclamation mark coming after a five-run explosion in the fourth inning.  They scored in the fourth on an RBI single by Taco, a passed ball, a fielder’s choice, and a groundout by Brandi.  Taco had the hot bat for Deerfield Beach Sharks; she went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. Mizuno Edge 2000′s lineup had no answer for Taylor. Mizuno Edge 2000 managed just one hit off of Cochrane.  The Sharks never trailed after scoring one run in the second on an RBI single by Anna.  The Sharks added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Sami  singled, scoring Chelsea and Jordyn to start the inning. That was followed up by Brandi’s double, scoring Sami.

Sharks over Ft Myers Force-Green 14-0 - This was a total domination by the Sharks who outhit the Force 11 to 1.  Mia lead the Sharks with 3 hits, Taco and Brandi each got 2 hits, while Chelsea, Sami, Brookie and Anna each got 1 hit.

Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2000 4-2 - Two pitchers combined to beat the Edge in a 4-2 victory in four innings.  This was a razor-thin close ballgame. Brandi held Mizuno Edge 2000 hitless over three innings while allowing no earned runs.  Brandi also went 2-2 and scored two runs. She doubled in the second inning and singled in the third inning. The top of the first saw Mizuno Edge 2000 take an early lead, 1-0.  However, the game’s last lead went to the Sharks thanks to a second inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on an RBI single by Chelsea and an RBI triple by Munchie.

Sharks over Miami Stingrays Red 9-5 - Eight first-inning runs helped the Sharks to a 9-5 win over Miami Stingrays Red.  They scored in the first on an RBI single by Taco, a fielder’s choice, a two-run single by Brookie, a two-run single by Anna, and a two-run single by Chelsea. Chelsea racked up two RBIs on two hits.  The Stingrays Red managed just one hit off of Brandi, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during her 3 innings of work.  In addition to Chelsea, Taco and Taylor each had 2 hits while Brookie and Anna each had one hit.

Sharks over Florida Fire 12-2 (Championship game) - The Sharks took down the Florida Fire 12-2 on Sunday after a flurry of seven runs in the third inning.  The Sharks scored in the third on an RBI single by Brandi, an RBI single by Brookie, a groundout by Marley, a two-run single by Chelsea, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Taco.  That my friends is teamwork. Brookie racked up three RBIs on three hits.  The Fire had previously defeated the Sharks and are considered one of the very best teams in Florida.  Hats off to them and their great organization.  We have the utmost respect for that team.  But today was our day.

Congratulations on a hard fought tournament win.

GO SHARKS!

ESPN Highlights of the Tournament

This tournament win was the epitome of a team victory.  Everybody contributed.

Outstanding Player of the Tournament

  • Brooke Antonio – during bracket play, led the team in AVG (0.833), OBP (1.000) and RBIs (5).

Highlights of the Tournament

  • Taco had a three-run homer over the fence versus Florida Premier Fastpitch. You ain’t gettin’ that ball!
  • Taylor and Brandi shared pitching duties in the last four games vs Force, Mizuno Edge, Stingrays and Fire
  • Taylor pitched a gem against the Edge in seeding play (allowing only one hit)
  • Anna’s bat came to life with 5 hits in the tournament and a stand up triple.
  • Marley making her stellar outfield plays and nice hitting (unfortunately the other team seemed to like catching her hits)
  • Mia (0.467) and Brandi (0.462) with great hitting.
  • Chelsea getting walked 5 times!  Will someone pitch to her please?
  • Sami being the ultimate team player as she hobbled to 1st base in obvious pain.
  • AJ was with us in spirit.  We gave her updates as the tourney progressed.
Brookie had an outstanding day at the plate getting on base every time during bracket play.

Brookie had an outstanding day at the plate getting on base every time during bracket play.

Lucky Charm – Sharks Win Third March Madness Tournament

It may have been the USSSA PRIDE MARCH MADNESS but it felt more like the March Melancholy. It seemed like the

MVP Chelsea Brown sparked the Sharks offense.

MVP Chelsea Brown sparked the Sharks offense.

Sharks spectators and parents needed some outside help keeping their eyes open let alone on the game.  The Sharks managed to bore everyone to a state of zombieness with their dull and lackadaisical performance in their first couple of games vs the Cruisers Green. Hmmmm who knows, maybe the color green is used to bring on slumber or hypnosis. Luckily for all, they woke up just in time to bring it on in the Championship game vs the Sunrise Thunder.  Good morning, Sharks. Nice of you all to show up tonight. The Sharks ultimately redeemed themselves with a 14-2 mercy rule victory over the Thunder in just 3 innings. – Mia Veliz, #MarkTwaininTraining

It’s not how you start, but how you finish.  And for the love of St. Patrick, the Sharks finished this one in spectacular fashion winning this tournament for the third time.

The Box Score

  • Sharks over Cruisers Green 4-2
  • Sharks over Cruisers Green 5-2 (bracket)
  • Sharks over Lightspeed 7-0 (bracket)
  • Sharks over Sunrise Thunder 14-2 (bracket)

Sharks over Cruisers Green 4-2 – Taylor threw a no-hitter as the Sharks cruised to a 4-2 victory over Cruisers Green.  The Cruisers managed to score off of two errors by the Sharks.  However, the Sharks offense provided just enough of a lift to prevail in the only seeding game of the day.  Sami was solid at the plate.  She drove in one and scored one run. She doubled in the fourth inning.  The Sharks put the game away in the fourth as they added two more runs. Sami doubled, scoring Marley to start the inning. That was followed up by Brandi’s double, bringing home Sami.

Sharks over Cruisers Green 5-2  – Lindsey went 2-2 to help boost the Sharks over the Cruisers Green, again.  She singled in the second inning and tripled in the fourth inning. Neither team scored until the fourth when Cruisers Green got on the board. The Sharks were on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fourth, scoring five runs on an RBI double by Taylor and three singles.  This game was closer than caterpillar’s belly to the dirt.  But at least they won.

Sharks over Lightspeed 7-0 – A second-inning rally sparked a blowout win for the Sharks. Chelsea racked up three RBIs on three hits.  She tripled in the first inning and singled in the second and fifth innings.  Taylor pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out five.  The Sharks still looked about as sluggish as a sleeping Koala bear.  We were just hoping that they’d show some life in the Championship game.

Sharks over Sunrise Thunder 14-2 – In spite of three rather dreadful performances by the Sharks in seeding and bracket play, they managed to put together a complete team effort and blasted Sunrise 14-2.  Chelsea’s bat was hotter than the surface of Venus; she went 3 for 3 with a ‘Go Get My Ball’ home run over the right field fence.  Dang that girl can hit!  Taylor, Taco, Lindsey and Brookie each got 2 hits.  And one hit apiece was delivered by Mia, Sami, Brandi, and AJ. That’s more hits than the www.healthcare.gov site!  Brandi kept the Thunder batters off-balance with zero earned runs.

Outstanding Players of the Tournament

MVP Chelsea Brown – had the hot bat of the tourney with an over the fence HR vs Sunrise

Honorable Mention – Taylor Cochrane and Brandi Antonio allowed no earned runs

Sharks Captured the March Madness 1st Place Title in 2011, 2013, and 2014

 

Sharks win March Madness 2014

 

 

Sharks win March Madness 2013

 

 

Sharks win March madness in 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

An AfterShocker at the Diamond Duel

1653839_621587254561846_1809919587_nHmmm. Second place. Always the bridesmaid. Or perhaps it’s ground hog day. The Sharks had a dreadful first inning against the Orlando Aftershock in the Championship game. Allowing nine runs against a team like the Aftershock would be like fighting a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu with one arm tied behind your back. WTH! I think the Sharks’ bats were overdosed on Ambien because they didn’t wake up until the waning moments of the game. Next time, no Ambien. Red Bull for everyone! The Aftershock are one of the very best teams, period. If you bring your B game, you’ll get your butt handed to you. The competition in Florida is to say the least, outstanding. The Aftershock, Dusters 2000, Florida Fire and the Jacksonville Storm are the teams to contend with. Playing the best teams can only strengthen the Sharks.

The Box Score
Aftershock over the Sharks 7-3
Sharks over the Clearwater Bullets 9-1
Sharks over Diamonds 10-5
Sharks over Diamonds 10-4 (bracket play)
Aftershock over Sharks 13-8 (Championship)

Aftershock over Sharks 7-3
Chelsea did all she could to give the Sharks a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Orlando Aftershock, as the Sharks lost 7-3 in four innings. Chelsea went 1-1 and scored one run. She doubled in the first inning. The Orlando Aftershock never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring one run on an RBI single by #15. Orlando Aftershock piled on six more runs in the bottom of the second. The Sharks scored three runs in the top of the fourth to cut its deficit to five. A steal of home by Chelsea and an RBI single by Marley gave the Sharks some life but it was too little too late. This was an omen of things to come.

Sharks over Bullets 9-1
The Sharks outhit the Bullets 12-4 in an amazing offensive burst of speed and power. Chelsea racked up two RBIs on two hits. She singled in the first inning and tripled in the second inning. After posting two runs in the second, the Sharks again scored two in the fifth. In the second, scored on a two-run triple by Chelsea, scoring Brandi and Mia. Two hits apiece were provided by Lindsey, Marley, Taylor and Chelsea.

Sharks over Diamonds 10-5
This was the first of two collisions between the Sharks and Diamonds. The outcome was eerily similar. Despite 3 errors by the Sharks, they managed to have a fifth inning barrage of runs to pull away from the Diamonds in a closely fought contest. Taylor had the hot bat of the game going 3-3. Marley contributed 2 hits while Lindsey Mia, Anna and Chelsea each had one.

Sharks over Diamonds 10-4
With 10 runs in the first three innings, the Sharks left no doubt about the eventual outcome. Taco was hot from the plate for the Sharks as she went 2-2, drove in one and scored two runs. This was the second outing versus the Diamonds that Brandi (pitcher) pulled off a win.

Aftershock over Sharks 13-8
The Sharks lost a battle of the bats, falling short in a 13-8 ballgame against Orlando Aftershock. Mia went a perfect 3-3 at the plate. She tripled in the third inning and singled in the first and fourth innings. Orlando Aftershock stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring nine runs on three doubles, a fielder’s choice, and two singles. Three runs in the bottom of the fourth helped the Sharks close its deficit to 13-8. An RBI double by Sami, an RBI single by Brandi, and a sacrifice fly by Chelsea gave the Sharks a glimmer of hope. But alas, it wasn’t enough. Game over.

MVP of the Tournament
Brandi Antonio pitched 15.5 innings over the 5-game tourney.

Brandi pitching to the Aftershock

 

Sharks Fall Short Versus the Dusters at Pines Thundarama

SHARKS DUSTERS Feb 2014The Pines Thundarama tournament showcased several games that were closer than Siamese twins.  Many of the fans in attendance thought that the Stingrays were the odds-on favorite to win inasmuch as they were the oldest team in the tournament.  However, in what can only be described as groundhog day at a softball park, the Sharks and Dusters 2000 ended up in the Championship game with the Dusters edging the Sharks 10-9.  The Sharks played some great ball but in the end, it just wasn’t enough. 

The Box Score

  • Stingrays over Sharks 7-2
  • Sharks over Bandits 15-0
  • Sharks over Sunrise Thunder 10-3
  • Sharks over Stingrays 8-7
  • Dusters 2000 over Sharks 10-9

Stingrays 7, Sharks 2 – Taylor reached base two times in the game scoring one run and had one RBI. She homered in the second inning.  The Miami Stingrays Red was sparked by #15 and #20, who teamed up for four hits and six RBIs.  The Miami Stingrays Red jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A single by #15, bringing home #1 started the inning off.  The lead stayed with Miami Stingrays Red after the third, when it scored five runs on a grand slam by #20 and an RBI single by #15.

Sharks 15, Bandits 0 – Taylor threw a no-hitter as the Sharks crushed the Bandits 15-0.  Fifteen runs in the first three innings helped the Sharks blow out the Bandits. A passed ball, a sacrifice fly by Taylor, an RBI double by Lindsey, an RBI single by Marley, an RBI single by Brookie, an RBI single by Sami, and a wild pitch in the first inning help pile on the runs.  Then a two-run error, an RBI single by Lindsey , a passed ball, and an RBI double by Brookie during the second inning supplied more offense.  I was getting dizzy watching the Sharks run around the bases.  Lindsey did especially well as she racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Sharks.  This game was over before it started.

Sharks 10, Sunrise Thunder 3 – The first inning started off with a big bang as the Sharks scored 5 runs which pretty much sealed the deal.  Mia gets a nice outfield hit.  That was followed by  two-run home run by Chelsea, a solo home run by Taco, and a two-run single by Marley  in the first inning.  Two over the fence home runs in the first inning.  Now that’s the epitome of hitting!  The second inning saw an RBI double by Mia and an RBI single by Chelsea.  Chelsea racked up four RBIs on three hits.  The Sharks outhit the Thunder 11-5.  The Sharks outplayed the Thunder on all aspects: hitting, pitching and fielding.

Sharks 8, Stingrays 7 – In a rematch of the seeding game, the Sharks outlasted the Miami Stingrays Red squeaking out a 8-7 win.  The Sharks pulled out the win thanks to a strong fifth inning. Lindsey hit a nice two run double to score Taco and Chelsea.  Game over!  Taylor racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Sharks. She homered in the first inning and singled in the fifth inning.  The Sharks outhit the Stingrays 13-7.  Shazam!

Dusters 10, Sharks 9 – Once again, if you could sell tickets to a softball game, it would be to watch the fireworks between the Sharks versus Diamond Dusters 2000.  In a game reminiscent of a back and forth duel to end, the Dusters overcame a 5 point deficit to win in the last inning of this closely battled championship game.  Both sides made some extraordinary plays on both offense and defense and it is one of those games where the difference between winning and losing is razor-thin.  Hats off to the Dusters for winning the whole shebang.  Playing great teams (like the Dusters 2000 and Florida Fire) will only help the Sharks improve.

ESPN Plays of the Day

The Squeeze Play with Taco at 3rd and Brookie at bat

Lindsey’s running backhanded catch in deep center

Marley’s running grab in left foul territory

Mia’s diving grab at shallow center

Chelsea – HOME RUN

Taco – HOME RUN

Taylor – HOME RUNS!

Sharks MVP of the Tournament

Taylor Cochrane – 2 over the fence HOME RUNS!  She hit the stank outta that ball!

Taylor HR vs Stingrays 2014

 

 

Four “Go Get My Ball Home Runs” Not Enough at the Eckerd College Invitational

Sharks and FireThe Sharks scored 39 runs and had 52 hits this past weekend at the Eckerd College Invitational.  Four Sharks had ‘Go Get My Ball’ homers (Chelsea, Taco, Taylor and Marley). Heck, the Sharks had more offense than the Denver Broncos could muster in Super Bowl XLVIII!  But it wasn’t enough as the Sharks came up short against the Florida Fire 4-2 in the Championship game.  The Sharks defense made some spectacular plays.  Yet at other times, the defense had more glitches than the Obamacare website.  At times, I wanted to plead the 5th.  All in all though, they played some epic ball!

The Box Score

  • Sharks tied Tampa Mustangs 8-8
  • Sharks over Clearwater Bombers 7-1
  • Sharks tied the Bullets 5-5
  • Sharks over Bullets 8-1 (Bracket)
  • Sharks over Synergy 7-0 (Bracket)
  • Fire over Sharks 4-2 (Championship)

Sharks tied Mustangs 8-8

Taylor got on base two times in the game for the Sharks. She scored one run and had one RBI. She also had a nice triple in the first inning. The top of the first saw the Sharks take an early lead, 4-0. Mia kicked things off with a single. A groundout by Brookie then moved Mia from first to third. A few plays later, Mia stole home. The Sharks pushed more runs across when Chelsea and Taco scored on a two-run single by Lindsey.  Lindsey then scored on an RBI triple by Taylor.  However, the Tampa Mustangs scored five runs of its own in the third leading to an eventual tie.

Sharks over Bombers 7-1

A five-run explosion in the first inning lifted the Sharks to a 7-1 win in four innings over the Clearwater Bombers.  The Sharks were sparked by Taco and Taylor who teamed up for three hits and four RBIs.  The Sharks got one-run rallies in the third inning and the fourth. In the third, Taco hit a beautiful solo home run.  Now THAT was a hit!

Sharks tied Bullets 5-5

This is the type of game that drives coaches crazy.  The Sharks outhit the Bullets 8-7 but committed 5 errors. Yep, five.  Chelsea Brown racked up two RBIs with the biggest fattest home run she’s ever hit.  That ball is way over a 220 foot fence.  Instead of ‘Go Get My Ball’ it’s more like ‘Good luck finding that ball.’  Other hits were contributed by Lindsey, Taco, Brookie, Taylor (2), Brandi, and Sami.

Sharks over Bullets 8-1

Like night and day, Jekyll and Hyde, and boys and girls, the Sharks played a completely different against the Bullets in the first game of bracket play.  Thoroughly dominating the Bullets with a score of 8-1 and outhitting them 12-2, the Sharks finally played the way they can and should.  And the best part, there were no errors in the game.  Seven runs in the first three innings allowed the Sharks to put the game away early.  An RBI single by Taco during the first inning and a two-run double by Anna in the second inning supplied the early offense for the Sharks.  The Bullets’ lineup had no answer for Taylor.  She gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out one during her five innings of work.  The Sharks added four more runs in the top of the third. A double by Taco ignited the offense, bringing home Lindsey and Chelsea. That was followed up by Taylor’s double, scoring Brookie and Taco.

Sharks over Synergy 7-0

Fifteen batters couldn’t locate Brandi as she threw a no-hitter against the Synergy.  She struck out five batters and walking one. She got #2 to strike out for the final out of the game.  The biggest inning for the Sharks was the fifth in which they scored five runs.  Lindsey racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Sharks. She singled in the first inning and doubled in the fifth inning.  Additionally, Taco, AJ, Marley, Brookie, Taylor and Chelsea each got a hit.

Fire over Sharks 4-2

The Championship game featured two very equally matched teams:  great hitting, pitching, and fielding.  The Fire outhit the Sharks 8-7; however, it was the three errors by the Sharks (with zero by the Fire) which was the difference maker in the Championship game.  Five of the hits by the Fire came from two players (#3 and #7).  Mia had the hot bat for the Sharks with 2 hits with Taco, Marley, Taylor, Brandi and Sami each with a single hit apiece.

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Tournament

Anna Knight made outstanding plays at SS, RF, and 3rd.

Anna Knight defensive MVP Eckerd

Snowball Fun in the Sunshine State

Kinda odd that the last tournament of the year, the Snowball, was played in 80 degree weather.  Actually, it’s not odd, it’s Florida!  So for you sorry souls who live in the dreariness of Seattle, Chicago, or Cleveland, we’ll enjoy the weather for you.  :-)

First of all, Mele Kalikimaka from the Deerfield Beach Sharks!

Team pic Dec 2013

The Box Score of the Snowball Tournament in Weston

  • Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2-0
  • Sharks over Crush  6-2
  • Sharks over Boca Impact  15-0
  • Crush over Sharks  6-4
  • Sharks over Weston Black  9-2
  • Sharks over Pines Thunder Black 11-1
  • Mizuno Edge over Sharks 8-6

In the last weekend of tournament play, the Sharks battled it out with the Mizuno Edge and Crush teams twice.  The Sharks beat them both respectively in seeding play, but when it mattered most (bracket play), the Sharks lost close games to both.  Overall, the Sharks hitting and pitching were on the money.  The Sharks defense was solid for most of the tournament but at times had more holes than Swiss cheese.

Sharks over Mizuno Edge 2-0

The Sharks beat Mizuno Edge 2000 2-0 in five innings at the Snowball tournament behind Lindsey, who went 1-2. She doubled in the second inning.  Brandi kept Mizuno Edge 2000 off the scoreboard for all five innings she was on the hill. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up six.  The Sharks never surrendered the lead after the second inning, scoring one run on an RBI single by Brandi.

Sharks over Crush 6-2

Crush-Brodie put several runners in scoring position, but the Sharks capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 6-2 win at Snowball.  Crush had eight hits to the Sharks seven, but Crush stranded seven runners on base. After the second inning, the Sharks scored two runs on a groundout by Mia and an RBI single by Brandi.  The Sharks scored four more runs in the top of the sixth. The inning looked promising, as Chelsea doubled, bringing home Marley and Anna to kick things off. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Crush close its deficit to 6-2.

Sharks over Boca Impact 15-0

I’m not sure what to say about this game.  I think the girls got tired running around the bases. ;-)

Crush over Sharks 6-4

The Sharks grabbed the early lead, 2-0 after a single by Brandi.  Then Sami doubled, bringing home Brandi and Brooke.  However, Crush went up for good in the third, scoring four runs on two singles.  After posting one run in the third, the Sharks again scored one in the fourth; however, it was too little too late.

Sharks over Weston Black 9-2

The Sharks beat the Weston Explosion 9-2 after pouring on six runs in the third inning. Mia racked up two RBIs on two hits. She singled in the second and third innings. The game was sealed after the second, as the Sharks scored three runs on a fielder’s choice, a sacrifice fly by Jamie, and an RBI single by Mia.

Sharks over Pines Thunder 11-1

The Sharks dominated the Pines Thunder 11-1 after a seven run stretch in the third inning.  Mia had another stellar game going 2-2, driving in one and scoring two runs. She singled in the second inning and tripled in the third inning.  I’m not how sure that little body hit the ball that far.  That’s as mysterious as Stonehenge.

Mizuno Edge over Sharks 8-6

Sami went 1-2 and hit a home run, but the Sharks still fell to Mizuno Edge 2000 8-6 in five innings.  Two of the Sharks runs were scored thanks to timely hitting by Sami. She homered in the fourth inning.  Mizuno Edge 2000 was sparked by #9 and #5 who teamed up for five hits and five RBIs.  The bottom of the first saw the Sharks take an early lead, 5-0. However, a slew of errors by the Sharks allowed Mizuno to re-take the lead and seal the win.  Eventually, Mizuno won the tournament by beating Crush Brodie twice (same score of 5-4) in the Championship game.  Congrats Mizuno.

The ESPN Plays and Highlights of the Day

  • Sami’s over the fence GO GET MY BALL HOME RUN – her first ever
  • Marley’s MLB-like running grab of a fly ball in deep left-center
  • Honorable Mention:  Mia hitting some mini-bombs to the outfield.  (“I feel like Chelsea” she exclaimed!).  Lindsey’s outfield play in left field.  Brandi holding Mizuno scoreless in seeding play.
Sami is all smiles after her big fat HOME RUN!

Sami is all smiles after her big fat HOME RUN!