2003 Fairfield U-16 Tournament
Our South Windsor team, coached by Sally Nixon, Teri Lemieux and Nino Marciano, traveled to Fairfield this summer to represent the NCGSL in the 2003 Fairfield U-16 Tournament. Other teams entered were the Danbury NYCONNs, the Waterbury Spirits and the Fairfield Blaze.
South Windsor played Danbury in the first game and came out on top, winning 18-1 in five innings. Nicole Nixon was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits, walking one and collecting five strikeouts. She also went 4 for 4 at the plate with 4 RBIs. Christine Lemieux went 3 for 4, including a triple, and drove in five runs. Amanda Wanat also chipped in offensively with a single, triple and two RBIs. Jackie King was the key defensive player and was voted MVP of the game by Danbury.
The Waterbury Spirit was the winner of South's second game of the tournament by a score of 5-4. Danielle Cowee took the loss but put up a good fight, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out three. Kathy Marulanda led the offense in this game, going 3 for 3. Kathy also made several stellar stops on defense to contain the Spirit. Nettie Marciano was key behind the plate and Jenna Girard had a pair of hits. Kathy Marulanda was voted MVP of the game by Waterbury.
In the third game on Saturday, South Windsor faced the Fairfield Blaze. South took the lead in the 3rd and 7th innings but was unable to hold it and fell to the Blaze by a 7-6 score. Nicole Nixon was the losing pitcher, yielding six hits, walking three and striking out five. Kathy Marulanda, Jenna Girard and Nixon all recorded doubles. Kristin Wolejko and Girard were the defensive standouts. Jenna Girard collected the game MVP awarded by Fairfield.
On Sunday, South Windsor was able to have the rematch they were waiting for with the Fairfield Blaze. Nicole Nixon proved ready for the challenge, pitching South to an 8-5 win over the host team. South's bats were silent until the 5th inning, when Jordan Barile hit the team's first single but was unable to cross the plate. The score was then 4-0, favoring the Blaze. South's potent offense finally got into gear in the top of the 6th inning, starting with a walk to Nixon followed by singles from Jenna Girard, Nettie Marciano and Barile, who all eventually scored. Jackie King reached on an error and scored on a single by Kim Colla. This tied the game at five runs apiece. Behind Nixon's pitching, South Windsor's defense sparkled with great plays by Kathy Marulanda and Kristin Wolejko to retire the Blaze in order in the home half of the 6th inning. Nixon's standup triple in the 7th and singles by Girard, Christine Lemieux and Marciano sparked a three-run rally that extinguished the Blaze. Nicole Nixon was voted game MVP by the Fairfield team.
This brought South Windsor to the championship game against the Waterbury Spirits. Waterbury was rested and ready, defeating South by a score of 8-5. Kim Colla pitched well in a valiant effort but took the loss, giving up six hits, two walks and notching five strikeouts. Christine Lemieux went 2 for 3 with a triple. Colla tripled in the second inning, scoring Lemieux. Lemieux also made several stellar plays on defense, as did Amanda Wanat. Jenna Girard was named game MVP by the Waturbury team.
South Windsor finished second and all received individual trophies along with an impressive team trophy. Each of the game MVPs received medals for their selection. Jenna Girard and Kristin Wolejko were chosen by the team to represent South in the Home Run derby, each team selecting two players. Girard advanced to the final round and eventually hit enough home runs to win the second place trophy.
Our South Windsor team took home the 2nd-place trophies
in the 2003 Fairfield U-16 tournament.
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