The New City-based Hudson Valley Hurricanes 12-and-under Black fastpitch softball team won the 2nd Annual First Chance Pony National Qualifier on Long Island, earning a bid to PONY Nationals.
“We are very proud of the girls. With this bid they plan on attending and representing our area at PONY Nationals in Cary, NC in July,” said team assistant coach James Guevarra.
The Hurricanes team is made up of girls mostly from Rockland County who are hoping to go on to play high school softball. The team is managed by Kristen Sullivan, a Suffern High School graduate who is set to be induected into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame on April 30 in a ceremony at the Pearl River Elks Club.
During the tournament over the weekend, the Hurricanes 12U Black team went 6-0.
The wins were the result of a team-effort, which saw the Hurricanes outscore opponents for a total of 47-9, with the offense dominating 23-1 in games on Sunday.
The Hurricanes were led by strong pitching from Reese Guevarra, a New City, sixth-grader, Sarah Gunderson, and Kelsey Oh striking out 61 batters in 33 innings. Supporting the pitching effort were key defensive plays with timely hitting from Amanda Schweitzer, a Stony Point seventh-grader, Gabby Palumbo, a Bardonia, seventh-grader) , Taylor Sullivan, a Suffern seventh-grader, and Alicia Bertolino, a Stony Point seventh grader.
The offense was led by Megan Sneeden, a Valley Cottage seventh-grader, getting 8 hits, 11 runs scored and 5 RBI's, Deangie Jimenez, a Spring Valley seventh-grader, blasting 2 home runs on Sunday with 9 RBI's and Taylor Adolff, a New City seventh-grader, with a .600 on base percentage and 4 stolen bases.