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Softball Team of the Week: Hudson Valley Hurricanes Elite 14U

posted Oct 12, 2012, 11:18 AM by Hudson Valley Hurricanes Elite

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.

hudson hurricanes team of weekThe 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 hurricanes hitterHudson 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.

hudson hurricanes pitcher‘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

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