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7/9/2017: USA Softball 12A State Champions!

The AB 12U team continued their streak by sweeping through the USA Softball State Championships in Richland, WA with a 4-0 record this past weekend. With the temps in the high 90s, the team was hot in more ways than one. The defense really flashed the leather limiting their opponents to only 6 runs while their bats scorched the opponents for 37 runs, including two run-shortened 8-0 shutouts. Highlights of the weekend include Maya’s 1-hit shutout in the semifinals and Teagan’s error free, highlight reel defense with multiple diving stops at 1B. Also, Grace, Teagan, and Lilly all hit .500 over the tournament.

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6/25/2017: USSSA Slamfest 15-Open Champions!

For the third straight tournament, the AB 12U team finished a weekend undefeated and champions of the Gold Bracket of a tournament. This time the team played in USSSA Slamfest tournament at the 15-Open level. The bats came alive all weekend, with AB outscoring their opponents 55-10 in the first four games (pool play and semi-finals) with all games being shortened due to the run rule. The final proved to be more challenging both from the opponent and the 95-degree heat. However, AB prevailed for the 8-4 victory and the tournament championship. A two out 2 RBI bases loaded double by Allyson in the third inning and Grace’s 2 run single two pitches later proved to be the difference in the game. Way to represent AB!

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6/18/2017: SeaTac Metros 12A Champions!

After a long 9-inning battle in the championship game, the AB 12U team won the SeaTac Metros Championships and earned a berth to USA Softball 12A Nationals. On Saturday, the offense took over the pool play games winning 13-0 and 16-5 with 9-run and 12-run first innings respectively. On Sunday, the team drew a tough Ladyhawks squad for an 8:30am quarterfinal. After two and a half innings AB was down 2-1. Then the offense ignited for a 7-run 3rd inning to put away the Ladyhawks with an 8-2 victory. In the 2nd game, against the Diamond Dusters Black, a 5-run 4th inning locked up the 6-1 victory. However, the play of the game was a 2nd inning triple play that stopped a rally and kept the score at 1-1. The championship game was a test of wills against a very gritty Majestics ’05 team, with AB prevailing. AB was behind most of the game, finally pulling the game even at 5 with a 3-run 6th inning. After the two teams traded runs in the 7th, AB was finally able to secure the win with three runs in the 9th for the 9-7 final. There were two highlight reel defensive plays. The first was Malia sprinting to chase down and catch a hard line drive to center that was certain to go over her head in order to strand the winning run at 3rd base in the 8th inning. The second was a superman-esque diving catch by Amanda on a line drive up the middle in the 9th to stop a run and secure an out. Great team wins all weekend AB!

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6/4/2017: Acer’s NW Classic 12U Gold Bracket Champs!

The Pacific Northwest weather finally allowed a full tournament to be completed and the AB 12U team took advantage. Going 6-0 on the weekend, Absolute Blast 2004 was standing with the trophy (and shirts!) on Sunday night. It was a complete team effort, working hard in the heat on two very long days. These girls closed down the park on both nights, but enjoyed a well deserved Championship!

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10/2/2016: Flame Invitational 12A Champions!

In their second tournament of the fall season, the AB 12U team was again crowned champions. On Saturday, the team battled through some close games to go 2-0-1 and secure the #1 seed in the bracket. The one tie came after AB scored five runs with two outs in the top of the final inning to knot it up at 5. The first game on Sunday was a scoreless tie through 4 innings when AB jumped out for 4 runs in the top of the 5th en route to an 11-1 final. The offensive flurry continued into the championship game where the team scored 11 runs in the first three innings to secure the win and championship trophy 11-2.

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9/11/2016: Acer’s Fall Championship 12U Champions!

The offense was on full display as AB went 5-0 and outscored their opponents 54-10 over the weekend to walk away with the championship trophy in their first tournament as a team this fall. They finished the day winning the final 16-2. Key plays over the weekend included a 2nd inning grand slam followed by a solo homerun to jump ahead after surrendering 2 early runs in the championship game along with some highlight reel defensive plays throughout the weekend.

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