After a Friday night wash out, NYO started pool play Saturday morning facing the Sandy Plains Blue Blaze. This was a defensive battle until Blue Blaze pulled away in the last inning. Addie Alfordsingled with 1 RBI to lead the offense and Addie Langstonmade a highlight reel catch in Center Field at a key point in the game. Pitchers Emma Murray(2 strikeouts), Kelly Kerewand Adelaide Banksshared time in the circle to start the tournament.
NYO Fire then bounced back to win a close game against Druid Hills Blue Devils. Langston pitched in relief twice during the game, recording 2 strikeouts plus a ground ball out for a solid outing. Kerew and Murray also pitched well combining for 3 strikeouts against the Blue Devils. NYO Fire won the matchup 9-8.
Sandy Springs Storm was our next opponent. Kylie McKennasingled to bring Rylie Alberthome for an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Alford started in the circle for NYO and recorded 1 strikeout, but the Storm hit the ball into the gaps and took an early 3-1 lead. Gabbie Croppersingled to start the 2nd, and Langston singled to bring Cropper home to close the gap to 3-2. The Storm continued to hit well, eventually winning 7-3. The 1-1 record landed NYO Fire in the Silver bracket.
NYO Fire faced the Bennett Park Raiders in another close back and forth game. Hannah Mabrysingled to drive in Langston in the first inning to get the offense started. Langston, Kerew and Murray pitched well, recording 6 strikeouts. Hannah Herman singled and then scored on a passed ball to take the lead in the second inning. NYO held on to the lead and advanced to the Silver championship game.
NYO Fire and Murphey Candler Cobras battled in the championship game. Both offenses were hot, with the Cobras outpacing NYO in this high scoring affair. McKenna Bekkers, Albert, Herman, Murray, Alford and Kerew all contributed singles with Kylie McKenna going 2-for-2 from the dish. NYO Fire finished the day as runner-up, bringing home hardware.