Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League

* * 2004 U-16 Tournament Team * *

The Northern Connecticut Stars, a team of U-16 players representing NCGSL, participated in the "Black Widows Fastpitch By The Sea" tournament held in West Haven the weekend of July 24-25th. Players selected to the team after tryouts were Dawn Ezold (Enfield), Lisa Caruso and Chelsea Hayes (Granby), Alyssa Hovanec and Ashley Lang (Marlborough), Jackie King, Nettie Marciano, Nicole Nixon and Kristin Wolejko (South Windsor) and Jen Alvarez, Ashley Brazal and Becca Demers (West Hartford). Coaches were Sally Nixon and Nino Marciano (South Windsor) and Ken Demers and Cesar Alvarez (West Hartford).
Other entrants in U-16 were the West Haven Black Widows, Norwalk Mariners, Stratford Seahawks, Beacon Falls Bullets, Connecticut Mirage, Connecticut Quicksilver and Norwalk Wave.

Results of Saturday's Games:
9:30AM Connecticut Quicksilver 8, Northern CT Stars 0. Nicole Nixon struck out nine, walked one and allowed six hits. Lisa Caruso went 2 for 3 with a double. Chelsea Hayes also had a hit. Nettie Marciano played well in the outfield and Kristin Wolejko made several plays in the infield.

2:00PM Norwalk Mariners 5, Northern CT Stars 0. Lisa Caruso pitched the second game for the Stars, allowing five hits, striking out five and walking one. Nicole Nixon went 1 for 2 and made several key plays at first base. Ashley Lang went 1 for 1 at the plate and played well at third base. Alyssa Hovanec was tough behind the plate in both games.

Based on Saturday's results, the Stars were seeded #8 for Sunday's single-elimination, scheduled to play the #1 seed Connecticut Mirage.

Results of Sunday's Game:
10:00AM Connecticut Mirage 8, Northern CT Stars 0. The Stars were eliminated by the Mirage 8-0. Kristin Wolejko went 2 for 3 and Jackie King 1 for 1. Becca Demers made several clutch plays in the beginning of the game at third base. Ashley Lang played well defensively in the outfield and Alyssa Hovanec did well behind the plate. Nicole Nixon allowed four hits and walked one.
Front Row - Jackie King (SW), Ashley Brazal (WH).
Middle Row - Coach Ken Demers (WH), Kristin Wolejko (SW), Nettie Marciano (SW), Ashley Lang (Marlborough), Jen Alvarez (WH), Coach Cesar Alvarez (WH).
Back Row - Coach Sally Nixon (SW), Becca Demers (WH), Nicole Nixon (SW), Lisa Caruso (Granby), Chelsea Hayes (Granby), Dawn Ezold (Enfield), Alyssa Hovanec (Marlborough), Coach Nino Marciano (SW).

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