It’s always about wanting to one-up myself
from the day before. There’s never an absolute 100% perfect
performance, but going out and striving for that perfect performance is
what keeps me going.
--Cat Osterman, pitcher, Team USA
From the Journal News.
and Debbie Schechter
Hurricanes enjoy a super season.
14U Elite team finish with a 61-10-3 mark.
The Hudson Valley Hurricanes’ 14-and-under elite softball team capped an already successful summer by capturing the title at the PONY National Championships in Newtown, Penn.
The Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Outlaws 8-2 in the championship game, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open.
“When the final out was recorded, we were screaming, jumping up and down,” Nyack’s Megan Sneeden said. “Some of us were crying. We were so excited because we couldn’t believe we just won. It felt amazing.”
Sarah Gunderson went 3 for 4 with two RBI in the championship game. Kelsey Oh and Ramapo’s Deangie Jimenez also each drove in two runs. New City resident Reese Guevarra went 2 for 3 and drove in a run. Carol Oberhelman and Sneeden also drove in a run apiece. Guevarra, North Rockland’s Alicia Bertolino and Sneeden combined to steal five bases.
Others who contributed were Scarsdale’s Emily Nishiwaki, North Rockland’s Amanda Schweitzer, Clarkstown South’s Gabby Palumbo and Suffern’s Taylor Sullivan.
“When we won it was definitely the best feeling ever,” Bertolino said. “We showed how we can play as a team. I think it was great how we all battled together.”
The team, coached by Kristen Sullivan, went 9-0 at nationals and 61-10-3 for the summer.
Among other titles the 14U elite Hurricanes won this summer included the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Qualifier, the ASA “A” New York state tournament and the New Jersey PONY state title.
The Hurricanes’ other 14-under team ended its season with a fifth-place finish at the USSSA World Series in Salisbury, Md.
Both teams are part of a larger Hurricanes program that has swelled to nine teams since Chris Montana started it in 2004 with just one 12-and-under team. Now it includes teams of 10-and-unders, 12-and-unders, 14-and-unders, 16-and-unders, 18-and-unders and even a 23-and-under team.
The program is based at Vision Sports in Pearl River. But because of its reputation, many players travel from New York City and New Jersey to be a part of the program. Mary Wiley is a New Jersey resident who, despite living far from the Hurricanes’ home field, has been a part of the program since she was 11.
“The Hurricanes absolutely helped influence my decision to continue playing softball in college,” said the 18-year-old Wiley, who will be a freshman at George Washington University. “I was able to see teammates who were older than me go off and play in college, and that played a big part. Some seasons have been better than others on paper, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.”
Taylor Forte, a Pleasantville resident, is much newer to the program, having been a part of it for about a year. But she, too, credits the Hurricanes with helping her prepare for college softball.
“The girls in the program constantly push each other to be better,” said Forte, 18, who is heading off to Emory College. “Among other things, you learn that you have to work as hard as you can on the things you have control of. And, the things that you don’t have control of, you can’t let affect you. You have to keep playing your game.”
14U Elite managed by Kristen Sullivan went 9-0 this past week at PONY
Nationals in Newtown, PA to earn the 2013 PONY National Championship
This team has also won the 2013 NY ASA State Championship and NJ PONY State Championship.
Amanda Schweitzer, Deangie Jimenez, Carol Oberhelman, Kelsey Oh, Sarah Gunderson, Emily Nishiwaki
Reese Guevarra, Megan Sneeden, Taylor Sullivan, Gabby Palumbo, Alicia Bertolino
14U Elite managed by Kristen Sullivan win the NJ PONY State Championship in Westampton, NJ.
Congratulations girls! We are very proud of you!
14U Elite managed by Kristen Sullivan went 6-0 this weekend to win the 2013 14U ASA "A" NY State Championship in Binghamton, NY!
This win qualifies them for ASA Nationals in Normal, Illinois.
14U Elite managed by Kristen Sullivan went undefeated and win the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Qualifier today and earn a berth to PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach California!
14U Elite go 5-1 and take 2nd place in the 16U PONY National Qualifier in New Windsor NY on Father's Day!
Hudson Valley Hurricanes named to Youth1 Softball's Weekly Elite top 10.
Written on Friday, 12 October 2012
(Youth1 Softball) – This week officially kicks off our Softball Weekly Elite – Top 10, where we will be highlighting our pick of the top 10 teams of the week. This week we are leading off with the 14U division. Think your team deserves to be in the top 10? Let us know why your team should be on top by sending in all updated information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Original article here: 10. Hudson Valley Hurricanes Elite 14U (Hudson Valley, New York)Entering our Weekly Elite at No.10 are the girls of the Hudson Valley Hurricanes Elite 14U. The team recently finished an impressive 3rd at the 16U Save 2nd Base Tournament by going 5-1 overall. Pitcher’s Kelsey Oh, Sarah Gunderson and Reese Guevarra combined for 41 strikeouts on the mound, only gave up three walks, and allowed for just four runs against over the course of six games. Full of power hitters, catcher Megan Sneeden produced eight RBI’s, Sarah Gunderson had eight hits, Emily Nishiwaki produced seven hits, while Deangie Jimenez had two triples, two doubles, and six RBI’s. Kelsey Oh muscled three doubles and five RBI’s, and Alicia Bertolino produced six hits. The team’s on base percentage was just under .500 and the team now looks towards taking the top spot at the 18U Trump Fall Showcase (October 20-21) in Chester New York, and event that looks to be heavily scouted by D-1 coaches. This powerhouse of a lineup includes, Alicia Bertolino, Reese Guevarra, Sarah Gunderson, Deangie Jimenez, Emily Nishiwaki, Carol Oberhelman, Kelsey Oh, Taylor Sullivan, Amanda Schweitzer and Gabby Palumbo. 9. Firecrackers AZ 14U (Litchfield Park, Arizona)Sitting at 6-0 during the Fall 2012-2013 season are the girls of Firecrackers AZ 14U, out of Litchfield Park, Arizona. Collectively, the squad had produced 62 runs while allowing just two in their first tournament of the season at Ready to Rumble. The Firecrackers squad includes, Katelyn Acton, Arianna Antone, Lauren Besse, Sydney Broderick, Hailey Busby, Sabrina Elemen, Kara Golden, Hannah Krosky, Isabella Loomis, Leah Molina, Kodi Ramirez, Kayla Wibel and Briana Wilbur. 8. Cal Crossfire (Lafayette, California)Sitting at 10-1 overall, the girls of Cal Crossfire out of Lafayette, California have really stepped up their game early on this season. The team picked up a 2nd place win at the 2013 Remember 9/11 tournament (5-1) where they scored 39 and allowed 18. The team recently claimed No.1 at the 14/15U Aussie Sparks Pool Play Challenge by going an undefeated 5-0, while scoring 40 runs and allowing just 14 against. The 2013 Cal Crossfire lineup includes, Isabello Catalano, Derby Gill, Frankie Hammoude, Julia Hughes, Naomi Lopez, Brittney Martinez, Aliza Newman, Katie Pagaduan, Hannah Rosenfeld, Mariah Schuchart, Molly Seibel, Meuy Tang, and Gabriella Zagone. 7. Vienna Stars 14U (Alexandria, Virginia) Coming in at No.6 are the girls of the Vienna Stars 14U. Currently sitting at 13-2 overall, the girls continue to move up in success. This season, the Vienna Stars have finished 3rd at the Potomac River Clash NIT (3-1-1), 2nd at the Heartbreakers Fall Classic (4-1), and 1st at the Field of Screams (6-0). Collectively, the squad has pushed a combined 93 runs, while allowing just 43 runs against. Led by team manager Dave Neuhart, the 2013 Vienna Stars includes, Victoria Capllonch, Katie Cressey, Zoe Dobson, Stephanie Fosness, Elanor Mataya, Erin Murray, Avery Neuhart, Patricia Ohanian, Jacqueline Orebaugh, Serenity Stewart, Kayla Turner, and Brittany Wieland. 6. Quad City Firebirds (Quad Cities, Iowa)Coming in halfway through our countdown to the top, are the girls of Quad City Firebirds, out of Quad Cities, Iowa. Sitting at 13-0 overall, the team is already World Series qualified for 2013, and is also 3-0 vs. 16U teams. The squad also sits undefeated with three 1st place finishes including the August in Peal City (3-0), NS Lighting Fall Frenzy (6-0), and most recently at the Quad City Fall Classic (4-0). Collectively, this team of heavy hitters has produced 129 runs, while solid defense has kept the total number of runs against them down to just a mere 20. Led by manager Dana DeKeyrel, this powerhouse 14U squad includes, Kayla Altemeier, Faith Anderson, Madison Banks, Ashley Barker, Maris Boelens, Alexis Dekeyrel, Andrea Figg, Erika Hammond, Brittni Lafountaine, Kaitlyn Markin, and Spenser Strandgard. 5. Kayne County Xplosion 98 (Batavia, Illinois)At No.4 are the Kayne County Xplosion girls out of Batavia, Illinois, who sit at an impressive 15-4 overall. The team has had a strong start so far this fall, which include a 2nd place win at the USSSA WS Qualifier Fall Freeze Out (5-2), a 1st place finish at the 5th Annual Dupage Ultimate Softball (5-0), and most recently a 3rd place finish at the Illinois Gold 2nd Annual USSA Fall tournament (5-2). Collectively, Xplosion 98 has produced 166 runs while allowing just 60 against. Managed by Rick Lovestrand, this 2013 roster for the Kayne County Xplosion 98 squad includes, Sarah Baurer, Margaret Cohrs, Brieann Cruz, Antonia Galas, Bailee Krantz, Gabriella Lopresti, Rachel Lovestrand, Kaitlyn Plocinski, Annika Radabaugh, Madeline Rydholm, Alyssa Snider, and Morgan Weber. 4. Eastern Iowa Barracudas 98 (Muscatine, Iowa)Coming in at No.3 are the girls of Eastern Iowa Barracudas. This powerhouse squad is currently 16-3 overall on the fall season, is 5-0 vs. 16U teams, and 4-2 vs. 18U teams. The team is also already World Series qualified for 2013. The Barracudas have really stepped up their game, picking up a 1st place win at the FPOS Nationals (7-0), a 2nd place finish at Fall States Championships (4-1), and a 3rd place finish at the Mount Mercy Fall Classic (4-1). This team of heavy hitters has also pushed across 130 runs, while only allowing 51 against. Managed by Bryan Butler, this 2013 lineup incudes, Lea Brunssen, Jessi Butler, Amber Fiser, Bryn Hanrahan, Cheyenne Hansen, Amber Kral, Jessica Puk, Abby Rusch, Anna Stenberg, Kenady Waugh, Mikayla Weber, and Allison Wroblewski. 3. Team Iowa Force (Central Iowa, Iowa) At 19-5 overall this fall, Team Iowa Force really is a force to be reckoned with. This World Series qualified team picked up a 1st place finish at the Beaverdale Fall League (5-0), a 2nd place finish at FPOS Nationals (5-3), a 9th place finish at the 5th Annual Altoona Fall Shootout (4-2), and most recently a 1st place finish at the Fall State Championships (5-0). The squad has also produced an impressive 134 runs thus far. Managed by Jen Slauson, Team Iowa Force includes, Laura Anderson, Kila Carbine, Riley Holmgren, Miranda Hughes, Kennedy Kracht, Emma Kuel, Bree Lesch, Jade McLean, Erin Miklus, Andi Miller, Haylie Olson, Ally Pickering, Gabriella Ridgeway, Lorena Rodriguez, Faith Santee, Kate Slauson and Shelby Tipling. 2. Ashburn Shooting Stars Gold (Ashburn,Virginia) Sitting at an impressive and extremely respectable 23-3-1 overall, the Ashburn Shooting Stars Gold out of Ashburn, Virginia have picked up three first place finishes. These No.1 finishes include wins at the Red Raider SoftballFEST (5-0), Potomac River Clash NIT (5-1), and at the Heartbreakers Fall Classic (4-0-1). The squad recently finished 2nd at the BRYC Fall Classic (4-1). Also known for their power at the plate, the team has collectively pushed 173 runs across the plate while keeping the run total against them down to just 56. No stranger to being No.1, the Ashburn Shooting Stars Gold are coming off a highly successful 2012 season, after taking home the 1st place hardware at both the 2012 USSSA 12U East World Series, and at the 2012 USSSA 12U Virginia State Championship. The squad also finished the 2012 season with 103 wins, 24 losses, and three ties. Decked in pink, the Shooting Stars will be taking on Phoenix, WHC Fever, and the 16U Crushers this weekend at the 16U Crushers Fall Frenzy in Nokesville, Virginia where the team looks to keep their winning tradition going. Managed by Rick McCarty, this 2013 lineup includes, Alexis Ballve, Samantha Carver, Kayla Castro, Mackenzie Fisher, Allison Kreyer, Grace Mattimore, Emily McCarty, Mackenzie Meyer, Amanda Nee, Olivia Overton, Kailey Shannon, Michelle Sullivan, and Kiera Womack. Oro Valley Suncats 98 (Oro Valley, Arizona)Coming in at No.1 are the Oro Valley Suncats, who hail from Oro Valley, Arizona and currently sit at a highly impressive 30-1-1 overall. The squad had a 1st place finish at the 16UA Arizona Future Stars tournament (6-1), and since September, has had four 16U 1st place championship finishes. Most recently, this powerhouse squad claimed No.1 at the 16U Gold Glove tournament. Led by Todd Judge, this 14U 2013 lineup includes, Kayla Wilson, Mackenzie Judge, Randy Longville, Brianna Druke, Carli Campbell, Isabel Pacho, Anna Felix, Alison Smith, Jenna Martinez, Brianna Hardy, Kylie King, Madison Judge, Sarah Northam, Brittany Campbell, Mara Kemmer, Marissa Schuld, Kaitlyn Anderson, Hailey Tanori, Nicol Ley, Shae Bushey, Malaea Lani Roca-Fraser, Arianna Acedo, Marina Acedo, Miranda Carley, and Reina Bondi.
Hurricanes Elite featured in Youth1 Sports "Team of the Week".
Written on Thursday, 11 October 2012
(Youth1) - The Hudson Valley Hurricanes Elite 14U's has benefited from a strong defense and a series of excellent efforts in the circle this fall, so much so that they have gone undefeated in two of the three tournaments in which they have participated.
The Hurricanes, the Youth1 Team of the Week, put that pitching on display last weekend as they went 5-1 and earned a tie for third place in the 16U Division of the Save Second Base Tournament in Medford, New Jersey. Pitchers Kelsey Oh, Sarah Gunderson, and Reese Guevarra combined for 41 strikeouts while issuing three walks in 29 innings. The trio allowed four runs in six games. Catchers Megan Sneeden and Amanda Schweitzer were effective behind the plate, limiting what the opposition did on the bases while calling strong games. Infielders Taylor Sullivan, Gabby Palumbo, Deangie Jimenez and Alicia Bertolino continued their fundamentally sound play as well and have committed only two errors through 16 games this fall. Outfielders, Carol Oberhelman, Reese Guevarra (when not pitching), Amanda Schweitzer, Megan Sneeded (when not catching) and Emily Nishiwaki use their speed and defensive skills to get to most balls hit into the outfield.
Hudson Valley was just as impressive at the plate. Sneeden, Guevarra (eight RBIs), and Gunderson each had eight hits. Emily Nishiwaki had seven hits and scored seven runs while Jimenez had a pair of triples, a pair of doubles and six RBIs. Oh chipped in with three doubles and five RBI while Bertolino had six hits.
‘Canes manager Kristen Sullivan has two objectives for her team this season.“First is to get them ready for the college application process,” Sullivan said. “As eighth and ninth graders they all would like to be able to play softball in college. We will try to get them ready for the process both academically and athletically. The second is to compete at 14U ASA "A" Nationals and place well.”The Hurricanes will participate in the 18U Trump Fall Showcase (Oct. 20-21) in Chester, New York. It’s a tournament that is heavily scouted by many Division I coaches. “The idea is to challenge them by seeking out competition outside the 14U age group with the thought that facing better competition will help improve their play,” Sullivan said.
Written by: Stephanie Cronk
Sports Manager: Erika Yackulic
Hurricanes 14U Elite (formerly 14U Black) win the 16U Pink tournament to start their fall season.
PINK is a youth fastpitch charity softball tournament in which participants join together to fundraise for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Princeton YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. Teams enjoy a fun day of quality softball games and help support the communities that support their softball endeavors.
PINK is a donated event - game balls, field usage, umpires, player gift bags, player breakfast - most, if not all, are 100% donated to the tournament. These donations help to ensure that the monies raised by the participants and the tournament itself go directly to the charities.
14U Black competes against some of the best teams in the region from over 10 different states and earn 7th place at ASA "A" Eastern Nationals. Congratulations ladies!