Loudoun Liberty 10U wins Crown Trophy Fall Challenge NIT

Mia J. and Brynnly T. went yard (Brynnly did it twice) and Gianna S. had 5 RBIs in the championship game to lead an offensive explosion that propelled Loudoun Liberty 10U to victory in the USSSA Crown Trophy Fall Challenge NIT for the 10UB division. Liberty outscored opponents 64-11 while going 5-0 on the weekend. It was the team’s third tournament championship in the fall season and its second in a row. Liberty also finished as runners up in a fourth tournament and finished third in two others in the fall campaign. In all, the team posted a 25-7 record and now heads into a two-month break before winter training starting in January.

Mia and Brynnly were joined by Chloe S. in pitching that dominated opponents. Excellent catching by Allie E., Kendyl D. and Addie P. anchored a solid defense that saw excellent plays by Callie R. at first, Gianna S. and Sabine C. platooning at 3rd, and MacKenzie S. and Campbell R at SS and 2B.
The victory was a total team effort and sets a high bar for the Spring, for which Coach Ryan, Coach Spicer and Coach Mike have ambitious plans.
Well done, ladies!

Loudoun Liberty 10U wins Ball-o-Ween Monster Bash

Loudoun Liberty 10U, in costume as characters from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, uh, “slayed” the competition at the Ball-o-Ween Monster Bash tournament sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Diamond and Hoops. Liberty earned championship rings as they went 5-0 in Luray, VA,  winning four games against opponents moving up to the 12U division in the Spring (the SportsNation sanction is popular in central Virginia as it allows teams that would be required by other sanctions to play 12U in the fall to remain in the 10U division.) Among the opponents, Liberty was honored to twice play the Shenandoah Sparks, coached by Kate Gordon, who was the lead-off hitter for the James Madison University Dukes in their Women’s College World Series run in May.  Liberty won both games in walk-off fashion. The tournament victory was a complete team effort, with excellent pitching by Gianna S., Mia J., Chloe S. (who won the championship game over Smokin’ Bases) and Brynnly T., who passed 100 strike-outs for the season on Saturday. Hot bars up and down the lineup and timely defense helped Liberty outscore opponents 36-14.

10U are Runners-Up in Madison Small Memorial

Loudoun Liberty 10U brought home hardware for the second time in consecutive weeks as runners up in the USSSA Madison Small Memorial, 10U B division. The girls were 4-2 on the weekend, falling in the final to Unity 2K11 Johnston-Brooks following a come-from-behind semifinal victory in two extra innings of ITB over Inferno. Liberty 10U is idle next week and returns to action Oct. 16-17 in the USA Pumpkin Spice Open.

10U Wins Stingrays Fall Classic

Loudoun Liberty 10U outscored opponents 75-7 over five games to win the USSSA 10U Stingrays Fall Classic in the B division in dominating form. Liberty pitchers Brynnly T. and Chloe S. posted no-hitters on the weekend. Pitcher Gianna S. tossed a one-hitter in pool play. Allie E., Gianna and Brynnly all hit inside-the-park home runs on the weekend and everyone on the team had at least one hit. 1B Callie R. had an unassisted double-play to lead the defense. The team will be in action again Oct. 2-3  in the Madison Small Memorial tournament.