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2013 USSSA Fastpitch Summer wrap-up
By Scott & Erin Brown
MN USSSA State Fastpitch Directors
The summer season in just about over as teams are wrapping their USSSA World Series play. Twenty-five teams wound up going off to their prospective USSSA World Series sites. Here are some highlights from this summer.
State Champions were crowned at every level this year. This marks the first time that we have all age groups covered from 10U to 18U. State tournaments were held at two locations on different weekends. Rosemount hosted the 14UA, 16U Open and 18UA State tournaments at Erickson and Shannon Parks. Cloquet hosted the 10U, 12U, 14UB, 14UC and 18UB State tournaments at Braun Park.
A rain-filled weekend in Rosemount backed up many games but we were able to pull off state champions and give four berths away at each age level. Cloquet brought us better weather and featured its first USSSA event at Braun Park. Home to six fields, the staff and host organization were on top of the ball with field maintenance at its best which helped provide us with an exceptional event.
Below are the results from each of those tournaments.
1st Bemidji Blaze
2nd Cloquet USG
1st Superior Spartans
3rd Bemidji Blaze
1st Eastview Lightning
2nd Xtreme 98
3rd Mankato Peppers Orange
1st MN Snocatz 99 Black
1st - Grand Rapids
2nd Bemidji Blaze 14U
1st Rochester Royals
2nd MN Irish Gold
3rd Shakopee Stealth
1st Minnesota Stars 18U
2nd Minnesota Impact 94
3rd MN Irish Gold
1st MN Silver Bullets
2nd Duluth Thunder
The 4th of July brought in a lot of fireworks for a new tournament in the Stars and Stripes World Series Qualifier at Dred Scott Fields in Bloomington. We had teams from four different states. We are excited to announce that we already have many more commitments for this tournament next to rival the historic tournament over in Sioux Falls.
From early results in USSSA World Series play, we would like to congratulate Lakeville Ice 99 on becoming World Series Champions at the 14UB World Series in Lawrence, Kan., by going a stifling 10-1 on July 15-21. Hailey Forshee, daughter of Head Coach Jeff Forshee, was named MVP for her outstanding performance throughout the tournament and Madison Muelken was named Defensive MVP.
Here are some other notable results from USSSA World Series Play:
18UA Seventh place Minnesota Impact 94; ninth place MN Renegades 18U of 58 teams
18UB Ninth place Hollywood of 20 teams
16UA Fifth place Rochester Royals; ninth place Clutch Hitters Blue and MN Impact 96 of 46 teams
14UA Fifth place Clutch Hitters; ninth place MN Snocatz 98 and Xtreme 98 of 34 teams
For the first time we have sent six teams to Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., this week to our Pinnacle USSSA World Series Event. The feedback has been amazing thus far and we hope to send many more teams that way in the future.
Other News and Updates
2014 Team Registration in now available at www.usssa.com. Get a head start on your planning for the 2014 season.
Fall State is back in Coon Rapids on Oct. 4-6. Try to earn your berth in the fall and plan your USSSA World Series trips early. You do not need to participate in a Fall League to be part of this event.
Once your 2014 berth is earned you get to choose which USSSA World Series location you would like to participate in. This past year we had World Series events in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Southern California, Maryland or our ESPN World Series at Disney Wide World of Sports.
A new Fall League format will be introduced by some this September. Please contact us for more information.
Bats: All bats for the 2014 season MUST have the new USSSA Thumbprint label on its taper. Combat bats with this new Thumbprint stamp are still available for sale through MN USSSA.
Rosters Online: All teams that play the USSSA program must put their roster online at www.usssa.com.
If we can be of any assistance in any of your Fastpitch needs, please call us at 651-245-4498 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thanks to all teams, players, coaches, parents, volunteers, staff and umpires in helping grow USSSA Minnesota again this season.
Remember It is you, the players, coaches, fans, directors, umpires and associations that make USSSA a GREAT organization and the place to be!