Worst to First, NYO Patriots Finish Big!

Danny Gershwin has been coaching softball for 25+ years in Atlanta.  He has coached numerous NYO teams in addition to countless travel and All Star teams. This summer he is coaching NYO’s high school travel team, the Patriots.

This past Saturday at a tournament at Terrell Mill Park in Marietta, Danny experienced two firsts. 
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Tsunami Capture Senior League Title

This season saw the Tsunami capture the Senior league title, winning their way through the loser’s bracket of the playoffs to championship night where they had to win two games from the Alphabet to win the league tournament. 
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Congrats to the Minors Bandits on Winning the Regular Season and Tournament Championships

The Bandits had a great season winning both the Regular Season Championship and the Tournament Championship.  Led by Coaches Kent Tucker and Lee Carroll, the Bandits lived by their #1 rule for this season...HAVE FUN!  The likes of Jerry Reed, House of Pain, and Ed Shearin emanated from their large Orange Job Rocker between innings in every game.  You could always tell when the Bandits were playing as the tunes would be blaring.  The best part of the season was that each one of the Bandits had a moment in the sun with a big hit or a big defensive play to help the team win a game.  It was a true team effort this season for the Bandits!  Great job girls! 

Standing (L to R): Ryan Conley, Maggie Tucker, Ava Carbonara, Sarah Britton Givens, Addison Piontek
2nd Row (L to R): Avery Arnold, Anna Elizabeth Leland
Kneeling (L to R): Riley Blatt, Katie Weatherby, Vivian Carroll, May May McWhirter


Despite being the 7th seed heading into the Rookie League tournament, the Wolverines maintained a quiet confidence about their chances, having just won three games in a row.  The smiles were bigger; the girls were having more fun; and the laughter was louder. The coaches began to notice that all 12 of the players (not just the top few) were getting better with each game.  In the first game of the tournament, the Wolverines fell down 7-0 after 3 innings.  The coaches reminded the girls of the three team rules:  (1) have fun; (2) do your best; and (3) NEVER forget rule #1. The team rallied back to win the first game . . . . only to fall behind again early in the semi-final game.  Behind loud support from the parents and fans, the girls and coaches relaxed and the Wolverines rallied their way into the championship game.  Having come from behind twice before, this time the Wolverines jumped out early and stayed in front.  After the victory, the coaches reflected on a team that struggled at times during the regular season, but continued to work hard, had a passion for softball, and NEVER quit.  Despite being underdogs throughout the tournament, the Wolverines persevered and gave the players and families a season to remember.  Congratulations to the Wolverines players and to Coaches Sam Drake, Rusty Umphenour, and Andy Thompson on their championship!   

NYO Fastpitch Tournaments - Two Champions Crowned; Seniors Down to Final Two! stars

Two teams claimed titles on a beautiful Thursday night at NYO.  In the Minor League Championship, the top-seeded Bandits posted a 4-run 4th inning to pull away from the Blue Bombers for a 9-3 victory.  In the Majors, the Chill snuck two runs across in the late innings to top the Bullets 5-3.  Congratulations to the champs and the runner-ups in both games for excellent seasons!  The Senior League tournament is down to the final two, as the Tsunami came from behind to eliminate Trouble 8-2 on Friday evening.  The Tsunami advances to Monday's championship, where it must win two games in a row from the Alphabet--the only unbeaten team remaining in the double-elimination tournament.  Click on the article title to access the updated tournament schedules/results for all leagues.  Good luck to the remaining Senior teams!
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