Worth/Northern Diamonds 2nd At
Cincinnati, OH Women's NIT
Illinois Ladies Earn USSSA Women's
Class C World Tournament Berth
CINCINNATI, OH: The Worth/Northern
Diamonds from Carpentersville traveled to Cincinnati, OH to play
in the USSSA Women's Class C, Bud Light-Worth Commie Current Memorial
held at the Riverstar Park Softball Complex on April 9th & 10th.
The ladies from Carpentersville came home with what they traveled
to Cincinnati to get their 2005 USSSA Women's Class C World Tournament
The Worth Northern Diamonds were able to knock off the rust that
winter brings but the price was high, as several injuries were sustained.
The ladies brought home their World Tournament berth by going 2-0
in Saturday's pool play before finishing 1-1 (second place) in Sunday's
single elimination tournament.
On Saturday the Worth/Northern Diamonds opened play against Leslie
Isaiah Gaines from Cincinnati. The Illinois ladies came out patient
at the plate, and used a five man infield, to win the first game
of pool play 19-8. Deanna Maday, Christina Chase, and Vickie Schultz
each had 3 RBI's in this first win.
Saturday's second pool play game matched the Worth/Northern Diamonds
with an old foe Hill Griffith also from Cincinnati. The Hill Griffith
ball club had beaten the Northern Diamonds at the USSSA C Nationals,
and again last year in Cincinnati to win this NIT. This year, the
Diamonds exacted a little revenge, winning 11-7 as Maday, Chase,
Schultz, and Rose Sullivan each chipped in with 3 hits to pace the
offensive attack during this victory.
Saturday's 2-0 pool play record earned the Worth/Northern Diamonds
a first round bye in Sunday's single elimination tournament. After
the first round was played the Worth Northern Diamonds were faced
with a rematch against their old fried from Cincinnati Hill Griffith.
The ladies from Carpentersville proved that Saturday's win was not
a fluke as they defeated Hill Griffith a second straight time in
this tournament by the final score of 23-13. This win assured the
Worth/Northern Diamonds of that 2005 USSSA Women's Class C World
Tournament berth that they came to Ohio to play for. Leading the
way with their bats for the Worth/Northern Diamonds were Chase and
Schultz with four hits apiece, while Scotti McElyea and Sullivan
each had 5 RBI's each during this win.
In the tournament championship game the Worth/Northern Diamonds
broke on top by a lead of 9-5 in fourth inning before the roof caved
in on them. The Shooter from Dayton, Oh just kept on scoring runs
as they defeated the Illinois squad 18-11 to force the Worth/Northern
Diamonds to accepted second place from this tournament. The leading
hitters for the Illinois ball club in this game were Molly Gillespie,
Maday, Chase, and Rachel Prushinski who all had three hits each
and McElyea who chipped in four hits and three RBI's.
For the tournament the Worth/Northern Diamonds were led at the plate
by the hitting of Christina Chase .722, 9 runs with 7 RBI, Deana
Maday .705, 9 runs, with 7 RBI, Vickie Schultz .666 7 runs with
6 RBI, Rachel Prushinski .642 with 8 RBI, and Scotti McElyea .562
6 run with 10 RBI.
Coach Rod Neubauer said, "This weekend was all team, several
ladies gutted it out and played through injuries. LJ Anderson injured
her arm during warm-ups of the 1st game. It swelled up and she played
the whole day, turned out she fractured it. Prushinski re-injured
her knee, which she had reconstructive ACL surgery on last Thanksgiving,
and played the whole day. Several other players were dinged up pretty
bad. The five teammates that couldn't make the trip were sorely
missed. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of the team
since I started coaching ten years ago. The team we have assembled
over the past three years are nothing but gamers. This weekend proved
why we are one of the best teams in the Midwest."
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