Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League
** 2005 U-14 League Tournament **
The 2005 NCGSL U-14 league tournament was held August 13th - 14th at Brookside Park in Ellington. Due to a rain storm on Sunday afternoon after the quarter-finals, the semi-finals will be played on Monday, August 15th and the final on Tuesday, August 16th. Pool play on Saturday with three groups of five teams determined seeding for Sunday's single-elimination bracket. The team groups were designated as Group 'A' (Coventry, East Hartford, Manchester, Marlborough and Tolland), Group 'B' (Canton, Ellington, Enfield, Granby and South Windsor) and Group 'C' (Somers, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford and Windsor). For Saturday pool play, games were 90 minutes with home team determined by coin toss. A mercy rule of 8 runs after 4 innings was in effect. Tie games counted as ties.
- 8:00AM Games
Field 1: East Hartford 20, Coventry 3.
Field 2: Tolland 11, Msnchester 10.
Field 3: South Windsor 14, Enfield 5.
Field 4: Windsor 9, Vernon 8.
Field 5: Suffield 5, West Hartford 3.
- 10:00AM Games
Field 1: Ellington 9, Granby 2.
Field 2: Manchester 13, Coventry 6.
Field 3: South Windsor 7, Canton 7 (tie).
Field 4: East Hartford 9, Marlborough 3.
Field 5: Vernon 25, Somers 5.
Saturday Morning Game Photos
- 11:45AM Games
Field 1: Marlborough 17, Tolland 8.
Field 2: Suffield 10, Somers 0.
Field 3: Vernon 3, West Hartford 0.
Field 4: East Hartford 3, Manchester 2.
Field 5: Enfield 8, Granby 1.
- Lunch Break / Regular Season Awards
National Anthem - Sung by defending U-14 tournament champs Manchester.
First Place / East Division - Ellington (Coach: Dave Blanchard).
First Place / West Division - East Hartford (Coach: Tony Foran).
NCGSL 2005 U-14 M.V.P. Awards:
East Division: Courtney Horvath, Ellington (upper right). Congratulations to the other nominees honored by their teammates and coaches - Arial Diaz (Manchester), Chrissy Swider (Marlborough), Camille Thomas (Somers), Christine Vareed and Mindy Sharon (Tolland) and Kelly Cocco (Vernon).
West Division: Amy Quattropani, East Hartford (lower right). Congratulations to the other nominees - Crista Atkinson (Canton), Julie Marks (Granby), Angela Moskwa (Suffield), Maureen Martucci (West Hartford) and Jenna Olander (Windsor).
U-14 Teams and Awards
- 2:00PM Games
Field 1: West Hartford 13, Somers 4.
Field 2: South Windsor 11, Granby 1.
Field 3: Tolland 10, Coventry 8.
Field 4: Windsor 10, Suffield 2.
Field 5: Ellington 9, Canton 8.
Saturday Afternoon Game Photos
- 3:45PM Games
Field 1: Marlborough 7, Coventry 0 (F).
Field 2: Canton 8, Granby 3.
Field 3: Enfield 5, Ellington 3.
Field 4: Windsor 7, Somers 0 (F).
SEEDING FOR SUNDAY GAMES
#1 - East Hartford (3-0, 8 runs allowed)
#2 - Windsor (3-0, 10 runs allowed)
#3 - South Windsor (2-0-1)
#4 - Suffield (2-1, 13 runs allowed)
#5 - Vernon (2-1, 14 runs allowed)
#6 - Ellington (2-1, 15 runs allowed)
#7 - Enfield (2-1, 18 runs allowed)
#8 - Marlborough (2-1, 17 runs allowed)
#9 - Tolland (2-1, 35 runs allowed)
#10 - Canton (1-1-1)
#11 - West Hartford (1-2, 12 runs allowed)
#12 - Manchester (1-2, 20 runs allowed)
#13 - Granby (0-4, 36 runs allowed)
#14 - Coventry (0-4, 50 runs allowed)
#15 - Somers (0-4, 55 runs allowed)
Sunday's Results - Single Elimination
Teams were seeded for Sunday according to their record on Saturday. First tiebreaker was fewest runs allowed per game, then most runs scored per game. Sunday games were 80 minutes long, except the final, and higher seed was home team. International tie breaker was used if the game ended in a tie. The mercy rule of 8 runs after 4 innings remained in effect.
- First Round Games (8:00AM)
Field #2: #9 Tolland 12, #8 Marlborough 10.
Field #3: #6 Ellington 3, #11 West Hartford 2.
Field #4: #7 Enfield 4, #10 Canton 3.
- First Round Games (10:00AM)
Field #1: #12 Manchester 4, #5 Vernon 3 (11 innings).
Field #2: #4 Suffield 10, #13 Granby 4.
Field #3: #3 South Windsor 13, #14 Coventry 1.
Field #4: #2 Windsor 6, #15 Somers 1.
Sunday Morning Game Photos
- Quarter-Final Games (11:45AM)
Field #1: #1 East Hartford 8, #9 Tolland 0.
Field #4: #7 Enfield 12, #2 Windsor 11.
Field #3: #6 Ellington 7, #3 South Windsor 6.
Field #2: #4 Suffield 7, #12 Manchester 6.
....and then the rains came to postpone the remaining games.
- Semi-Final Games - Monday, August 15th (6:00PM)
Field #4: #7 Enfield 8, #6 Ellington 5.
Field #2: #1 East Hartford 7, #4 Suffield 0 (forfeit).
Semi-Final Game Photos
- Championship Game - Tuesday, August 16th
East Hartford 4, Enfield 3. The East Hartford Banshees edged the Enfield Fireballs 4-3 in a well played and intense tournament final. East Hartford starter Lisa Donato yielded a run to Enfield in the first inning on doubles by Lindsey Deford and Courtney Cannella. After a walk to Britni Siana, Donato retired the next three batters to avoid further damage. East Hartford answered in the bottom half of the inning with a one-out triple to right field by Lynne Foran, who later scored on Lisa Donato's RBI-groundout. Enfield hitters were retired in order in the second inning and East Hartford stranded Jenna Allison, who doubled, at third base as the score remained tied 1-1.
The Fireballs failed to score in the top of the third inning, thwarted by a fine defensive play at first base by Ashley Appel to retire Lindsey Deford. In the home half of the third, Brittany Brashier reached base on a one-out infield single, stole second base and advanced to third on Heather Trinks' bunt. After a walk to Joycelyn Gionfriddo, Sara D'Attilio laced a bases-clearing double to the left centerfield gap to put East Hartford ahead 3-1.
Enfield was again denied in the fourth inning by two great plays by Lynne Foran at third base and centerfielder Sara D'Attilio's running catch of Natalie Kyparidis' line drive. The Banshees then scored their final run on a double by Abby Rodriguez, a bunt by Amy Quattropani and a single by Ashley Appel.
Enfield managed a run in the fifth inning on a single, a hit batter, a walk and an RBI-groundout by Tori Benoit. Abby Rodriguez' throw to catcher Amy Quattropani after fielding a hit by Katie Krogmann retired Ashley Poggie at the plate to keep the score 4-2. East Hartford opened their half of the fifth inning with a single by Katie Coiteux but the next three batters were retired by Courtney Cannella on two strikeouts and a fly ball.
Enfield got a two-out single in the sixth by Lindsey Deford, who then advanced to third base on a steal and a passed ball, but was unable to plate the run. East Hartford threatened in the bottom of the inning but a leaping catch at second base by Deford robbed Abby Rodriguez of a certain RBI.
The Fireballs mounted a rally in the seventh inning with a one-out single by Natalie Kyparidis, who stole second and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Amanda Meunier then walked and stole second to put the tieing run in scoring position with one out. Ashley Poggie's line drive to right center was caught by Marchary Davis but Kyparadis tagged up and scored to make the score 4-3. Donato then induced the next batter to pop up to Amy Quattropani to give East Hartford the victory.
Regular season West Division champs East Hartford, coached by Tony Foran and Amanda Ward, played an excellant overall tournament that was extended two extra days due to inclement weather on Sunday. Seventh seed Enfield, coached by Joe Cannella and Lance Miles, played with grit and determination the entire weekend and rewarded the many spectators in attendance with an exciting tournament final.
Championship Game Photos
* * CONGRATULATIONS EAST HARTFORD - NCGSL 2005 U-14 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS * *
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