Rosie Foster pitched strong all day Saturday, keeping batters off balance. Foster pitched all 3 games in the tournament pool play only giving up 5 4 earned runs. The Lady Panthers didn't provide much help offensively on Saturday but were able to get the bats going in the semi-finals of tournament play on Sunday. The Panther won 7-1 against the #2 seed Lady Titans.
While the bats were cranking, Payton Bryan shut the door on the Titans lineup allowing only one late inning run.
The Panthers came up short in the championship round, Strikeforce made great defensive plays and took away the opportunities that the Panthers had to put runs on the board. Coach Mike Belus and the 18U Lady Panthers have reached 3 straight championships and are playing at a high level going into the USSSA State tournament and the summer.
Coach Kurt Schoeps said: "Great weekend Lady Panthers!!! You took home the finalist trophy."
The girls played their hearts out in this crazy sun all weekend and battled into the championship. #winning #panthernation
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a huge 2-run double from Sophia Waigand. That ended up being all the offense they would need in a 5-2 championship victory as Leah Coffing pitched 3.2 innings only allowing 3 hits and 1 run against her in the season's final game against the Brevard Aces. Isabella Correa came in to the close out the final 2.1 innings only allowing 2 hits and an earned run.
The Panthers came up big offensively all weekend long when they needed it most. Catcher Julia Driscoll had an MVP caliber weekend behind the plate and at the bat sending the Panthers to the finals with a huge walk-off hit sending Vanessa Adorno across the plate for a 3-2 win over Space Coast Venom in yesterday's semi-final game. Kailee Block and Kiki White each hit 3-run doubles on Saturday to secure a pair of 4-2 wins against the Diamond Girls and Venom providing the team with a #1 seed. The Lady Panthers were undefeated through the weekend going 5-0 in their final tournament of the season.
Winning Pitchers: Leah Coffing 2-0, Jetty Luedeke 2-0 and Deedee Longmiere 1-0.
The 03' team will stay in tact for another year in the 14U division and will be looking to fill a few spots with Tryouts on January 3rd at 5:45 at City Center Complex (Field 4).