2016 Youth League Baseball And Softball Season (1)
Winson Thai


The New York Princesses open the 2016 season at home versus the Tampa Whales. Making her 1st career start due to Sasha Ellis having a last minute family emergency, Veronica Rivera tosses a 1-2-3 first, but falters next inning allowing a leadoff single to Shannon Cody and walking Jessie Warden. Kylie Cox’s error on Macie Morrow’s bunt scores Cody, putting girls at second and third. Amelia Clark’s single scores both. An out later Anastasia Baber homers to put Tampa up 5-0. Rivera is taken out of the game after only three innings. Leah English’s leadoff homer in the fifth off of starter Lacey Waldrop puts New York on the board, but Tampa gets the run back in the sixth off of Terri Bell on Warden’s leadoff homer. They win 6-1. New York wins the next game 3-0 despite Tampa outhitting them 6-2. All runs came in the third at Jessica Dignon’s blast after a walk and hit-by-pitch off of Lillian Owen. New York strands only two runners, on a walk in the first and double in the sixth. Tampa leaves on nine, but wins the last game 9-6 for a series win.

The Subways start the year with a 5-4 road trip before hosting the Auburn Warriors for their home opener. In the second, Auburn loads the bases with an out on two walks and a hit off of Michael Santiago and Laurie Edison’s single scores a run. After a force out at home, back-to-back singles by Arnold Everett and Charlie Santana makes it 4-0 Auburn. In the fourth New York loads the bases with two outs on a walk and two hits off of Sydney Craig, as Samuel Ramirez’s single makes it 4-2 Warriors, but they do not score off of Craig and five relievers afterward. Auburn gets men on first and third with one out via two walks in the seventh off of Bernie Hales and Josh Delaney’s groundout puts them up 5-2. They put the game out of reach when they load the bases via a single and two walks in the ninth with two outs off of Dorian Santos, then back-to-back singles by Michele Sartori and Everett put them up 8-2, the final, as New York drops its second straight home opener after taking 18 of their last 19. They win the next two games for a series win.

The Subways fight the Warlocks, who lost the last game of three to the Storms in Chicago, unable to sweep the series, in Salem. In the first game the Subways go up 2-0 on Kendrix Miller’s two-run homer off of Hector Baines in the second. Hayley Ericson’s three-run homer in the third off of Zane Serena gives Salem a 3-2 lead, but Serena and three relievers shut them out for the rest of this game. New York goes up 4-3 on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and subsequent wild pitch in the fourth. Mario Ruiz homers in the sixth off of Joel Easter and hits an RBI single next inning off of Matt Carasiti. The Subways put the game away at Damien Khaliq’s grand slam off of Philip Bartelski in the ninth for a 10-3 win. They win the next game 3-2 with Mario Ruiz hitting the go-ahead homer in the ninth off of Nikita Gorbunov. In the last one, Holly Evelyn and three relievers shut out Salem. Loren Pierre hits a two-out double in the fifth scoring on Mario Ruiz’s single off of Otto Sanders. Jacky Martinez’s home run in the sixth makes it 2-0 New York the final. Salem’s four-game losing streak is the longest they have for the year, but they win eight straight after that.

In the second game of three versus the Canton Dragons at home Jessica Moore doubles to lead off the first off of Ali Willis and an out later, Kara Rau homers to put the team up 2-0. They load the bases off of Willis next inning on three walks with one out, then Moore’s infield single scores a run and an out later Rau’s grand slam makes it 7-0 New York. Three Canton relievers retire them 1-2-3 in the rest of the game, except when Farrah Shaw hits Dakota Russel with a pitch in the fifth, leaving her as her team’s one runner left on, but their team gets just three runs off of Kathie Petite, who is pitching for the first time since 2013 due to breast cancer treatment and two relievers, leave 12 runners on and go 1 for 14 with them in scoring position. New York wins the game 7-3 despite being outhit 10-4 and the next one too to clinch the set 2-1.

In the second game of three against the Whales in Tampa, Kathie Petite pitches a complete match, allowing one run, one hit, and no walks and striking out 12. The only hit came on Jessie Warden’s two-out single in the first. She is the only Whale runner left on base. The one run came in the seventh when Macie Morrow reaches on Leah English’s throwing error to first, goes to third on two wild pitches, and scores on Laurie Rosenberg’s groundout. The Princesses score three runs in the third, and four in the fifth off of Inci Ark and two more in the seventh off of Lacey Waldrop to win 9-1. In her next start versus the Dolphins in Stanton, Petite pitches another complete game, allowing only one run and hit, a homer to Lucy Jung in the fourth, and a walk (in the second to Christine Heinle, who is negated via a double play). Her team goes up 2-0 in the second via Rosario Paterson’s blast off of Haley Hill, who lasts only three innings. They score a run in the fourth off of Angela Tincher and three more off of Meagan Gibson in the fifth. On her next start versus the Hawks in Philadelphia Petite gives up five runs in the third, but nothing else in six innings. Her team scores two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth (all on home runs) and four in the 13th to win this 9-5.

The Subways and Princesses play each other in a make-up game at Transit Stadium after a rainout and Jessica Dignon singles leading off the first off of Jim Hardy, scoring via Crystal Lewis’s double. After a walk and strikeout Joyce Camp’s single scores Lewis. A walk loads the bases, then third baseman James Cooper’s fielding error makes it 3-0 Princesses. Kara Rau’s single scores two more runs, knocking Hardy, who permits five runs on four hits in 2/3 inning, the shortest start for any Subway pitcher in history out of the game. Joan Meadows’s homer in the third off of Hugh Anderson makes it 6-0 Princesses. Next inning, they get girls on first and second with two outs off of him, and both score on Sherri Johnson’s double. The Subways get on the board on Dick Weaver’s homer in the bottom of the inning off of starter Kathie Petite, then get men on second and third in the sixth with no outs off of her and his single scores a run and after a pop out, Cooper’s single scores another. In the ninth, the Princesses get runners on first and third with two outs off of Zane Serena as Crystal Lewis’s single scores a run. In the bottom of the inning Ted Husain hits a two-out single off of Erica Beach, steals second, and scores via Mario Ruiz’s single. He steals two bases before Loren Pierre strikes out to end this game. The Princesses win it 9-4 with both teams getting 12 hits.

The next night, the teams fight each other at Royal Field. Princess starter Sasha Ellis walks Loren Pierre leading off the second. Then Ted Husain’s homer puts his team up 2-0. Jessica Dignon’s blast in the third off of Bernie Hales cuts it to 2-1, but he and Hugh Anderson shut them out for the rest of this match, striking out 12. Terri Bell walks Samuel Ramirez leading off the sixth. He goes to second via a groundout, then to third via a wild pitch and scores on Rick Hague’s single. The Subways win 3-1, but both teams get four hits. In both games, the losing team did not get any walks. The Subways win the season series, 4 to 2.

The Princesses win the first three of four versus the Eureka Eagles at home. In the last one, Tanya Flores’s two-run single off of Erica Beach in the first puts Eureka up, 2-0. They make it 4-0 in the fifth off of her on Jerri Holden’s RBI single and Kaitlin Ross’s groundout. New York scores five runs off of starter Kourtney Davis in the inning’s bottom half with Joan Meadows hitting a two-run blast to lead 5-4, but the Eagles get three off of Terri Bell in the sixth to regain the lead, 7-5. Sherri Johnson’s RBI groundout off of Beverley To in the inning’s bottom half makes it 7-6 Eagles, but they score three runs in the seventh off of Sasha Ellis to win, 10-6. To gets the win while Bell takes her first blown save and relief loss as a Princess.

In a home game versus the Springfield Isotopes, Sasha Levi gives up a run on two hits in the first, but nothing else. In the bottom of the inning Rosario Paterson’s homer after a walk off of Lisa Norris puts New York up 2-1. Next inning, Kara Rau draws a leadoff walk, scoring on Jessica Dignon’s triple. Dignon then scores on Kylie Cox’s sacrifice fly. Norris, after a 1-2-3 third allows two two-out walks in the fourth, then Leah English’s triple scores both ladies. Next inning Adrianne Thompson hits a one-out double off of Madison Flannigan, goes to third on a fly out and scores on Rau’s sacrifice fly. After Dignon singles, Joan Meadows’s RBI single puts New York up 8-1. They win with that score, outhitting Springfield 7-3. Norris allows six runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings, and Flannigan permits two runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

The Princesses play three interleague games in Vermont versus the Rip Tide, who four years prior swept them at home (the only team they did not win a game against that year) and lose the first two. In the last game Kathie Petite of New York and Luis Montana of Vermont pitch six shutout innings each. Dakota Russel’s two-out blast in the seventh puts New York up 1-0, but in the inning’s bottom half Vermont loads the bases with two outs. Erica Beach relieves Petite allowing an infield single to Morgan Harmon that ties the game. Sasha Levi replaces Beach and gets William Contreas to fly out to end the inning. In the eighth, she permits a double to Ken Longoria. After Erdinc Guney is intentionally walked, Jeff Gelalich singles to shallow right, but Guney runs to third after Longoria halts there. This puts the latter in a rundown between third and home. He is tagged out to close the inning. Dakota Miranda hits Rosario Paterson with a pitch to lead off the ninth, then Kara Rau’s homer puts her team up 3-1. Carol DeVito tosses a scoreless bottom of the ninth, as her team wins despite being outhit, 11-5. Vermont left 10 runners on and hit into three double plays. Miranda saved the first two games despite allowing one run on one hit in the first and three two-out singles in the next, where Joyce Camp got tagged out trying to score the tying run from second to close it.

The Princesses host the Seattle Marines for three games and win the first 5-4, but outhit 8-4. Next match, they score three runs off of Bianca Ortiz in the first, but afterward, she and two relievers shut them out. Seattle scores three runs in the third and two next inning off of Erica Beach, then one in the sixth, and two next inning off of Maria Abraham for an 8-3 win. Seattle in the last one scores two runs in the first off of Carol DeVito, but she and two relievers shut them out after that. Crystal Lewis homers in the bottom of the first off of Dianna Wong as Leah English does the same in the third. In the sixth Joan Meadows’s one-out bloop single off of Wong with the bases loaded scores the go-ahead run. New York wins the game 3-2.

In the first of three against the Colorado Racers at home, Jim Hardy hits Nicholas Wu with a pitch in the first with one out. Wu scores on AJ Robinson’s double one out later, but Hardy and the bullpen only allow two hits and two walks for the rest of the game. The Subways tie it on Ted Husain’s home run off of Courtney Hover in the bottom of that inning. Hover allows two-out singles in the first and second, but hits Kendrix Miller with a pitch leading off the third. Damien Khaliq homers one out later to put New York up 3-1. A single and fly ball error put men on second and third then Hank Rutenberg’s sacrifice fly puts them up 4-1. After an intentional walk, Mario Ruiz’s double scores another run. Next inning Khaliq doubles off of Eric Braun with two outs and, after an intentional walk, Husain’s RBI single, an error by third baseman Dylan Ike and Rick Hague’s two-run double make it 9-1 New York. Although they get just one more hit in the rest of the game off of two relievers, they win by that score. Colorado in the next game loads the bases on two hits and a walk off of Zane Serena, then Dylan Ike’s sacrifice fly and Nicholas Wu’s RBI single an out later put them up 2-0 in the first, but Jacky Martinez singles leading off the second off of Bobby Eliot, and Hank Rutenberg homers an out later to tie the game. Next inning, Kendrix Miller singles with one out and Loren Pierre homers an out later to put them up 4-2. The Racers cut it to 4-3 in the fifth as Stacey Mia singles, steals second, and scores via Leslie Edwards’s single, but in the sixth, Eliot allows blasts to Mario Ruiz and Martinez to make it 6-3 Subways and is pulled from the game. In the eighth Miller hits a leadoff single, steals second, moves to third on a fly out, and scores on Pierre’s sacrifice fly. Dorian Santos retires Colorado 1-2-3 in the ninth, as New York wins 7-3, though the teams get seven hits, in a game where they did not leave a runner on for the first time since 1992. In the third the Subways go up 2-0 in the first off of Ned Alan via four straight two-out hits. Colorado cuts it to 2-1 in the second on Dylan Ike’s leadoff homer off of Holly Evelyn, but New York gets the run back in the bottom of the inning when Loren Pierre walks, goes to second on a sacrifice bunt and scores one out later on a single by Mario Ruiz, who is tagged out at second to end the inning. In the sixth they load the bases on a single, walk and fielder’s choice when Alan strikes out Kendrix Miller for the first out, and then Pierre singles to center fielder Vladimir Volkodav. He misfields the ball. It rolls into the outfield fence letting all four runners score and put the Subways up 7-1. Courtney Hover relieves Alan and only permits a two-out double. Ike singles to lead off the seventh off of Bernie Hales, who after getting two outs allows a walk and Nicholas Wu’s RBI single. Dorian Santos gets the mound and walks two to load the bases and force in a run. Casey Barnes relieves Santos and permits a bases clearing double to Volkodav cutting the lead to 7-6, then walks the next three batters to tie this game before Stacey Mia flies out to end the inning. Leslie Edwards’s homer off of Michael Santiago next inning puts his team up 8-7. In the ninth Alison Clifford allows a leadoff single and walk one out later, but Mario Ruiz hits into the game-ending double play and the Racers win despite being outhit 11-7 to avert a sweep.

In the third of four versus the Springfield Isotopes in Oregon, the Princesses go up 4-0 on two-run blasts by Fallon Gabriela and Carol DeVito in the first and second, respectively off of Trish Parks. DeVito is the oldest player to hit her first homer at 37. Springfield cuts it to 4-3 in the third on Liz Choi’s blast off of DeVito, but Kara Rau and Dakota Russel homer off of Madison Flannigan in the seventh for a 6-3 win.

The Subways host the Philadelphia Hawks, who have the league’s worst overall and road records, 19-42 and 5-27, respectively, for three interleague games and lose the first two by scores of 12-9 and 11-6 respectively. It marks the first time the Hawks, who are 1-8 against the archrival Princesses so far in 2016 score double-digit runs in a game this year. They beat aces Holly Evelyn in the first game for 8 runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings and in the next, Michael Santiago for 6 runs on 8 hits in 4 2/3 innings and 5 go-ahead runs off of Dorian Santos in the ninth. New York avoids a humiliating sweep with a 10-2 win in the finale.



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