Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League
** 2004 U-14 League Tournament **
The 2004 NCGSL U-14 league tournament was held August 7th - 8th at Brookside Park in Ellington. Pool play on Saturday with three groups of four teams determined seeding for Sunday's single-elimination bracket. The team groups were designated by final standings in the regular season as Red (1-6-7-12), White (2-5-8-11) and Blue (3-4-9-10). The Red group consisted of Manchester Blue, Ellington, South Windsor and West Hartford II. White was made up of Enfield, Vernon, Manchester Red and East Hartford. Blue group consisted of Somers, Suffield, East Windsor and West Hartford I. Marlborough withdrew because of insufficient players.
- 8:00AM Games:
Manchester Blue 15, South Windsor 1.
Enfield 6, Vernon 2.
Ellington 15, West Hartford II 5.
Somers 7, East Windsor 5.
Manchester Red 15, East Hartford 4.
- 10:00AM Games:
West Hartford I 8, East Windsor 3.
West Hartford II 6, South Windsor 5.
Enfield 10, East Hartford 0.
Manchester Blue 8, Ellington 0.
Somers 5, Suffield 2.
- 12:00 Games:
Suffield 12, East Windsor 2.
Somers 11, West Hartford I 2.
Manchester Blue 9, West Hartford II 1.
Vernon 12, Manchester Red 3.
- Lunch Break / Regular Season Awards
National Anthem - Sung by defending U-14 tournament champs Manchester Blue.
Second Place Regular Season Trophies - Enfield (Coach: Kevin Collins).
First Place Regular Season Tropies - Manchester Blue (Coach: Bob Viara).
NCGSL 2004 U-14 M.V.P. Awards - Kim Collins, Enfield and Katie Viara, Manchester Blue (right). Congratulations also to the other nominees honored by their teammates and coaches: Melissa Hunt (East Windsor), Lindsey Gondek (Ellington), Joanna Kinghorn (Manchester Red), Chrissy Swider (Marlborough), Kacey Oswell (Somers), Marianne Specker (South Windsor), Sam Cieri (Suffield) and Kate Mainelli (West Hartford I).
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" -Sung by the South Windsor team.
2004 U-14 Teams and Awards
Some U-14 Tournament Pictures
More U-14 Tournament Pictures
- 3:00PM Games:
Enfield 5, Manchester Red 5 (tie).
Ellington 2, South Windsor 0.
Vernon 20, East Hartford 9.
West Hartford I 9, Suffield 4.
Order of Finish in Pool Play
1. Manchester Blue (3-0)
2. Somers (3-0)
3. Enfield (2-0-1)
4. Ellington (2-1)
5. Vernon (2-1)
6. West Hartford I (2-1)
7. Manchester Red (1-1-1)
8. Suffield (1-2)
9. West Hartford II (1-2)
10. South Windsor (0-3)
11. East Windsor (0-3)
12. East Hartford (0-3)
(Tie-breakers were total runs allowed, then total runs scored)
Sunday's Results - Single Elimination
- First Round Games (9:00AM):
#5 Vernon 13, #12 East Hartford 3.
#6 West Hartford I 19, #11 East Windsor 4.
#7 Manchester Red 20, #10 South Windsor 8.
#8 Suffield 13, #9 West Hartford II 0.
- Quarter-Final Games (11:00AM)
#4 Ellington 4, #5 Vernon 1.
#6 West Hartford I 5, #3 Enfield 2.
#7 Manchester Red 16, #2 Somers 3.
#1 Manchester Blue 6, #8 Suffield 5.
- Lunch Break
- Semi-Final Games (1:30 PM)
#1 Manchester Blue 5, #4 Ellington 1.
#6 West Hartford I 9, #7 Manchester Red 7.
- Championship Game (3:30 PM)
#1 Manchester Blue 8, #6 West Hartford I 0. (see photos)
Manchester Blue successfully defended their U-14 tournament championship with an 8-0 victory over a tough West Hartford I team. League co-MVP Katie Viara pitched a complete game, striking out six. She also had one of the eight Manchester hits and six assists on defense. Becca Thompson went 2 for 2 and Annie Rosenstreich hit a double for Blue. Lindsey Johnson, Amy Howroyd, Annie Pagano and Marisa Conyers also had hits. Coached by Bob Viara, the overall defense was solid during the entire game, with Nicole Sapienza, Maura Bergan, Melanie Berman and Michele Graboski all contributing. Manchester Blue became the first NCGSL team to win every one of their games in a season, 12-0 for the regular season and 6-0 in the tournament.
Nicole Stankoski pitched four strong innings for West Hartford before being relieved by Katie Mainelli. Mainelli before then had notched five assists at third base. She and Allison Czapla were also the producers on offense with two hits apiece. Coached by Mark Stankoski, West Hartford I had a 4 and 8 record for the regular season, entered the tournament as the #6 seed and skillfully fought their way to the tournament final.
* * * Congratulations Manchester Blue - 2004 U-14 Tournament Champions * * *
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