On January 27, 2017, Pittsburgh Power Pfab had déjà vu all over again with its third consecutive championship game appearance in the NSA Thiel College Winter Fest tournament. After going undefeated its first four games Pittsburgh Power Pfab lost a hard fought championship game to a New York based team the West Seneca Magic.
McKnight 18U won the Thiel College Winter Fest NSA World Series Qualifier held on January 8, 2017 defending their championship from 2016. Combined with their wins in 2013 and 2014 this makes four championships for the McKnight team at this tournament.
Despite the recent cold snap in Western PA, Pittsburgh Power Pfab stayed hot as they reached the championship game for the second time in two tournaments. Playing in the 68 degree temperature controlled Thiel Dome, Pittsburgh Power Pfab won in the quarter finals and semi-finals before losing in the championship game to the Ohio Outlaws in a hard fought 7-5 game.
Behind outstanding pitching, timely hitting and great team defense Power Wertheimer won three hard fought games to win the 14 RAW Winter League Championship.
In the quarterfinals Power beat Silver Creek Dawson 2-0 on a walk off two run double by Quinn Hughes. JC Haidze pitched a no-hitter, had 10 strikeouts and the only batter to reach base was on a dropped third strike in the first inning. Haidze was helped by some great defense at 1B by Neena Pietropaolo.
Lauren Harris and Megan Smith displayed their talents on December 3rd and 4th at the Queen of Diamonds Showcase held at the University of Akron. The showcase allows collegiate bound athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents to college coaches. The Universities attending come from all over the East Coast, the South, Mid-West, and South Central states. The divisions represented by these Universities are NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and NCCAA. Both young ladies did a great job representing the Power organization. Megan was selected for the "cage animal" event where she did an outstanding job both pitching and hitting. Lauren earned game MVP honors for her catching performance in her first game of the weekend. Congratulations for a job well done!
On Saturday, November 26th, parents and players from the Pittsburgh Power organization (Rosatone 18u) volunteered for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. After a workout at the PowerHouse and a lunch in the strip district, the team headed to the Toys for Tots warehouse to begin their shift in giving back to the community during this holiday season. The Toys for Tots program is operated by the Marine Corps and is also locally aided by the Pittsburgh Cares Foundation. This program collects and distributes new and unused toys for less fortunate children and their families. It requires a great deal of volunteers to help collect, sort, organize, and distribute the toys in time for the holidays.
Jess Rectenwald who was a standout pitcher for the Pittsburgh Power is giving back to current Pittsburgh Power girls. Jess was the number one Pitcher for Gannon University and was voted Player of the Year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II in 2015. On October 21, 2017 Jess gave back to the Pittsburgh Power organization by practicing with the Pittsburgh Power 16U Pfab team. Jess who is known for her dominating fastball and a swing out of your shoes change up pitched live batting practice to the Power 16U Pfab team. Not only did Jess help the girls with softball skills, she also helped with some advice about life skills as spoke with the girls about recruiting, and balancing college classes and a social life while playing high level college softball.
Jess intends to continue to give back to Pittsburgh Power softball by attending additional Power 16U Pfab practices and continuing to give the girls the benefit of her years of experience to the girls about not only about playing the game but college recruiting and college life.