On April 29 and 30th the Pittsburgh Power Softball organization will be hosting the 2nd Annual Miracle Field Classic. Last year the Pittsburgh Power organization held a 9 team 12U tournament and donated all the proceeds to renovations of the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities Miracle Field at Graham Park in Cranberry Township.
This year the Power organization expanded the event to be a 9 team 14U tournament and a 17 team 12U tournament. The two tournaments will be held at three different locations including the 14U tournament being held at Graham Park.
In addition, there will be raffles for an autographed Gerrit Cole jersey and an autographed Andrew McCutchen bat. Raffle tickets for both will be sold on Saturday and Sunday at all fields until 3:00PM Sunday just prior to the 14U championship game. There will be Pittsburgh Pirate autographed baseballs as MVP awards for each of the teams in the championship games.
Once again this year all the proceeds of the tournaments including raffle ticket sales will be donated to renovations of the Miracle Field.
The full schedule and updated scores can be found here:
Natalie Graff, a current Pittsburgh Power player and OLSH senior will be attending Mercyhurst University this fall to further her education as a physician assistant. Natalie will be a 4 year letter winner for softball, and a second year captain of the varsity team. Parents Jack and Laura Graff along with her brother Jackie Graff, are proud of Natalie's dedication and accomplishments on and off the field. Everyone is excited to see what the season holds next year as she takes the field as a Laker in the spring.
On Saturday March 11, 2017 all 12 members of the Pittsburgh Power 14U Wertheimer team as well as 5 parents spent the morning at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne PA repacking food for the hungry and less fortunate in our community.
With lots of hard work the girls collectively packed approximately 8,000 pounds or about 4 tons of food during their visit. These girls served as wonderful representatives of the Pittsburgh Power organization and its commitment to community service.
Pittsburgh Power players and Hampton High School seniors Haley Dietz and Hannah Dietz will be continuing their academic and softball careers at Grove City College. Haley Dietz will be a four year starter and letter winner for the Talbots and Hannah Dietz earned three letters as a three-year starter. The twin sisters are excited to take the field for the Grove City Wolverines over the next four years. Haley will be graduating high school with a 3.5 GPA and Hannah will graduate with a 3.33 GPA. Parents Marty and Rebecca, as well as siblings Allison, Dawson and Sarah are very proud of the girls both on and off the field and wish them luck in their future endeavors.
The Saint Vincent College Bearcats have been selected as the preseason favorite to repeat as the winner of the PAC's championship tournament. Leading the way during their annual Florida spring training trip were two Pittsburgh Power alumnae.
Kelly Flaherty and Kelsey Hunter both spoke very eloquently at the Meet The Team Banquet on February 20th about what softball meant to them growing up playing for the Pittsburgh Power. Thereafter, they joined their team to travel to Florida for spring training.
In a 14-0 win while in Florida, sophomore Kelly Flaherty picked up the shutout victory in the circle. Flaherty allowed just two hits and struck out seven over five innings of play. In 2016, Kelly was named to the PAC All-Tournament Team while appearing in 36 games as a freshman, making 27 starts. Kelly hit .338 with five doubles, a triple, 17 runs and 13 runs batted in. Kelly's greatest moment occurred when she scored the title-clinching run to help give the Bearcats' their first ever PAC Tournament Championship and berth to the NCAA Tournament. Good luck to Kelly this season.
Kelsey Hunter did not take very long to get back into the swing of things, hitting her first homerun of the season in game two in Florida. After hitting her bomb, she said "glad I hit that homerun so I did not have to run the bases. We all know I cannot run!" In 2016, Kelsey was named Second-Team All-PAC as a freshman. Kelsey started 32 games in her first season, maintaining a .354 batting average while producing a pair of home runs. Kelsey holds a .494 slugging percentage and has a .991 fielding percentage behind the plate, while scoring 11 runs and also tallied five doubles. Best of luck to Kelsey during her sophomore season.
On Sunday, March 5, Pittsburgh Power Murslack 14U competed in the USSSA March Madness Tournament at RAW Athletics in New Castle, PA. The team worked extremely hard to achieve four wins and had contributions from all members to make it truly a team championship. Stellar pitching, catching, hitting, and defense resulted in wins of 6-0, 1-0, 3-0, and 7-0! One defensive gem was a 1-6-3 double play in game four which proved that the hard work in the gym all winter really paid off. The Championship makes the team eligible for the USSSA Eastern National World Series in Salisbury, Maryland. So pack your bags for the beach this July!
Current Pittsburgh Power and Fox Chapel Area High School senior, Calle Zmenkowski will be furthering her education and softball career at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg this fall. Calle will be a 4 year letter winner for softball this spring, as well as a captain of the varsity team. She has greatly improved her skills on the mound over her 4 year career, and plans on continuing to improve in collegiate softball as well. Calle carries a 3.8 grade point average and has been accepted into Pitt Greensburg’s Management Undergraduate Program where she intends to study more specifically into Sports Management. Parents Craig and Chris, and brothers Cam and Colby, are very proud of Calle’s dedication and hard work on and off the field. They’re excited to see what her future holds at Pitt Greensburg.