Sharks Softball Earned Trip To Title Game

The Bay State Sharks celebrating their big weekend are (back row, from left) coach Erick Anderson, Hailey Miller, Mary Kane, Katie Greene, coach Glen Gifford, Emma Leach, Caitlin Downarowicz, Mady Crowley, and coach Jim Vaughan; (front row) Maddie Leach, Nicole Gardner, Leah Hidenfelter, Amber Ajami, Rhyan Ullo, and Sarah Vaughan.
COURTESY BAY STATE SHARKS - The Bay State Sharks celebrating their big weekend are (back row, from left) coach Erick Anderson, Hailey Miller, Mary Kane, Katie Greene, coach Glen Gifford, Emma Leach, Caitlin Downarowicz, Mady Crowley, and coach Jim Vaughan; (front row) Maddie Leach, Nicole Gardner, Leah Hidenfelter, Amber Ajami, Rhyan Ullo, and Sarah Vaughan.

The Bay State Sharks U14 Softball team finished second at the Cape Cod Chowder Cup Fastpitch Tournament in Bourne last weekend.

The Sharks are a team comprising girls from Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, Yarmouth, and Plymouth. In pool play the team tied the Keene Extreme, 3-3, on Friday night and then topped the Mass Drifters Crush, 8-5, and the Central Mass Invaders, 7-6, on Saturday.

The team allowed only 14 runs during that portion of the tournament, which was the second best in the tournament.

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The Sharks, led by stellar pitching and a strong defense, took the number-one seed in the Cape Cod Division into Sunday’s playoff round and proceeded to defeat the Cranston Ravens, 5-4, in walk-off fashion, and the East Coast Lady Sting, 7-4.

The Sharks then came up short in the championship game, losing to the undefeated New Bedford Blitz, 4-2. The Sharks finished with an overall record of 4-1-1. “It was a grind on Sunday,” coach Erick Anderson said. “It was just as much mental as it was physical. The girls battled all day, fought hard and left it all on the field. Every girl had a hand in our success this weekend.”

Tryouts

The Bay State Sharks Girls Fastpitch U14, U16, and U18 teams based in the Upper Cape area will be holding ongoing tryouts starting Sunday, August 31, at Bourne High School. The U16 team will try out from 10:30 AM to noon, the U18 will be from noon to 1:30 PM, and the U14 squad will be from 1:30 to 3 PM.

The Sharks play “A” level fastpitch softball, and compete in ASA and PONY tournaments throughout the northeast area along with the states and the regionals. Current playing age is determined by the ASA cut-off date of January 1, 2015. An indoor practice facility will be available this winter in order to get the girls ready to play by spring. If interested, e-mail baystatesharkssoftball@bourneyouthsoftball.com.

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