McKnight 18U Wins - Defending Thiel College Winter Fest WSQ Championship
January 12, 2017
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.
After pool play in the championship run of four games, the team outscored their opponents 31 - 5 while compiling a batting average of .395 and an on base percentage of .514. In this run pitchers Sarah Thornton had a three hitter, Calle Zmenkowski beat a #1 seed on a five hitter, Audra Sapp had a shutout on a three hitter and Sarah and Calle combined to win the championship game on a four hitter against the other #1 seed. Natalie Graff was our backstop in all the championship run games, called all the pitches, did not let a ball get past her and did not allow a stolen base.
Seven players hit at least .400 for the tournament Ė Ashley Burford .571 2-2B, Alexis McKnight .500 2-2B, Alyssa Guzzie .500, Krista Bayus .462 2B-HR, Natalie .462, Sarah .417 2-2B and Tayjah White .400. Devan Smith also had a HR with a .333 batting average.
In our game winning 7 run inning against a # 1 seed Alexis and Stephanie Hytla had key doubles each producing multiple RBIís. Haley Dietz also had a key hit in the inning producing 2 runs for us. Ashley at third had one of the best plays ever made with a gem near second base with a spinning throw to get the much needed out at first. Brittany Phillips did an excellent job catching and handling our pitchers in pool play. Hannah Dietz and Emily Vith played well defensively in the outfield throughout the tournament.
Congratulations McKnight 18U on your great start to the 2017 season and your winning history at this tournament!