The Krusherz Travel Ball Club team (age 10 and under) is part of the Yosemite Girls Softball League (YGSL). Coach Patrick Flanagan provides a summary of recent games, thanking kids and parents for their participation.
The team played three games and one practice game. We lost 14-2 against Tulare Thrills, we lost 13-4 against Kerman, and the 3rd game we lost 10-5 against Caruthers. We stayed the night at a hotel and came back the next morning for a practice game because we were short on players.
Sanger coaches graciously loaned us one of their better pitchers and catchers and hitters. This proved to be the lift we needed as we played exhibition and won 8-5.
The heat was 114 degrees and dangerously hot. We kept the girls cool with Gatorades and water. Big thanks to the Sweeney family for bringing extra waters and misters for our dugouts, as well as providing chin straps for our hitters to help us be compliant.
Without the support of the parents this isn’t possible.
Alivia pitched very well, improving a lot over the last six weeks.
Newcomer Emma pitched for the first time, shook off all the nerves and did very well. She will have a couple more years in 10-U to keep improiving.
Kaelyn looked like a professional hitter and got a base hit, stole second and third with slides that Ricky Henderson himself would be proud of.
Caitie did great at lead-off, swinging the bat and getting several hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
Kaycee Corniel did a great job playing any position asked, whether it was to catch, then pitch, play short stop, or first base. She proves herself as a workhorse machine and consistently hard worker.
Madison Morris had a hit against Kerman with two runners on, down the line for a for-sure double with two RBI’s. The umpire, however, proved to us what we all know – he needs glasses and called it foul.
Madison did hang in there and smacked one right down the line for a double on her next swing.
Holly Hurtado pitched and caught and can play every position on the field. She stopped two scorchers down the line against Caruthers, proving she has the gloves and will be ready for next year as she is only a 9-year-old.
Deja and Ainslee swung the bat everytime they came up to bat, coming up empty on hits but full of pride!
Rileigh had been swinging the bat well all weekend.
She has the prettiest swing on the team. I wanted her to hit the ball in our last game and she smacked it on down the 3rd base line. With her speed, they weren’t going to get her.
That’s the season for travel ball. We only have two girls who are true 10-year-olds and will be moving on – Madison Morris and Deja Speak. The rest will be eligible to play next year in 10-Under.
Thanks to YGSL and all the parents who made it possible, and to the kids for wanting to do it.
Rileigh Azavedo – Utility player
Caitlin Flanagan – Infielder/Pitcher
Holly Hurtado -Catcher/Pitcher
Alivia Sweeney – Shortstop/Pitcher
Kacey Corneal Pitcher/3rd base
Deja Speak – 2nd Base
Ainslee Phillips – Centerfield
Emma Smith – Left field
Kaelyn Kolberg – Utility player
Madison Morris 1st Base/Pitcher