BLAST KEEP ROLLING INTO THE SEMIFINALS

CANFIELD OH- Katie was on fire, going 3-for-3 as Ohio Blast Buckley 12U took down Passion 12U Farster 5-3 on Sunday. She knocked a double in the third, and two singles in the second and sixth innings.

Passion struck first in the bottom of the opening frame with two singles, starting with Ava’s RBI single.

In the top of the third, Ohio Blast clawed back. Geonna’s groundout and Katie’s double each brought in a run, pushing them ahead.

Ava came through again for Passion in the bottom of the third, driving in another run to tie it up at three.

Ohio Blast broke the deadlock in the sixth after the game clock had expired. Blast took advantage of the international tiebreaker rule when Katie singled in another run scoring the runner placed on 2nd. Kenzie followed up with a sac bunt, making it 5-3.

Cassidee started for Ohio Blast, giving up seven hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings, with two Ks and two walks. Ava pitched for Passion, allowing eight hits and four runs (two earned) over six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.

Ohio Blast tallied eight hits, with Callie adding two hits in three at-bats.

Ava was clutch for Passion, driving in two runs and going 2-for-3. Victoria, Raina, and Ava each had two hits for Passion.

OHIO BLAST GET COMFORTABLE ON COMEBACK TRAIL

CANFIELD, OH- Despite trailing by four runs early on, Ohio Blast 12U Buckley stormed back to secure an 8-4 win over Thunder Elite on Sunday.

Sydney S was on fire, going 3-for-3 with singles in the first, third, and fourth innings, leading the offensive charge for Ohio Blast.

Thunder Elite struck first with two triples in the bottom of the first inning. Ava Y’s triple brought in the first run. They added another run in the second when Addie D stole home, making it 4-0.

Ohio Blast flipped the script in the top of the fourth, scoring seven runs on six hits. The inning’s highlight was Cassidee B’s single that drove in two runs, giving Ohio Blast an 8-4 lead.

Cassidee B pitched three innings in relief, allowing three hits and one unearned run while walking one. Brooklyn C started for Ohio Blast, giving up three hits and three runs over one inning, striking out three and walking two.

Ohio Blast tallied eight hits in the game, with Sydney S leading the way.

On the Thunder Elite side, Ila L was a force in the middle of the lineup, driving in two runs with a perfect 1-for-1 day at the plate. Addie D had three hits in three at-bats from the leadoff spot and stole two bases. Thunder Elite also turned a double play during the game.

A great comeback for Ohio Blast, showing resilience and strong teamwork to pull off the win- and advancing to the next round to take on Passion.

OHIO BLAST BOUNCE BACK IN OPENING ROUND OF FATHERS DAY TOURNEY

CANFIELD, OH- The Ohio Blast 12U Buckley built an early 5-run lead and managed to fend off a late charge from Racers, securing a 7-5 victory in Canfield on Sunday. Racers Fastpitch closed the gap by scoring on a double and a ground out, but it wasn’t enough.

Racers Fastpitch struck first when Mia tripled in the opening inning, bringing in a run. However, Ohio Blast quickly responded, capturing a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first with a steal of home and a triple from Katie C.

The Blast extended their lead in the second inning with runs from Sydney S (tripled), Callie F (singled), and Geonna G (singled). A single by Cassidee B in the third inning further extended the lead to 7-5.

Cassidee led the charge in the circle for the Blast, allowing seven hits and five runs over four innings, striking out seven and walking two. Emma L pitched for Racers Fastpitch, giving up eight hits and seven runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four and walking two.

Ohio Blast racked up eight hits in the game, with Katie and Geonna each collecting two hits. Katie, Sydney, Cassidee, Geonna, and Callie each drove in a run. Geonna was active on the base paths, stealing two bases. The team was sure-handed in the field, committing no errors, with Sydney leading the way with seven chances.

The Blast will take their victory to the next round to take on the Thunder at 11am.

HAMLEY’S 12 STRIKEOUTS KEEP AUSTINTOWN IN IT

GREENVILLE NC- Mila Hamley was dominant on the mound, as the righty rang up 12 strikeouts in Austintown’s 4-0 victory over West on Tuesday to advance in the Little League World Series. Hamley allowed one hit and zero runs over six innings while walking three.

Austintown got on the board in the top of the first inning after Annabel Mikesell tripled, and Bella Baumgart laid down a sacrifice bunt, each scoring one run.

Austintown added one run in the second after Amadi Beardsley grounded out.

Tori Greathouse and Ava Fisher each collected two hits for Austintown. Baumgart, Beardsley, and Mikesell each drove in one run. Austintown didn’t commit a single error in the field. Baumgart had the most chances in the field with 12.

Austintown’s next game will be Wednesday at 1:00 against the winner of Wintersville, NC against Philippines. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

WORLD SERIES AWAITS FOR AUSTINTOWN

GREENVILLE NC- It’s been a long road for Austintown 12u softball. What started as a district tournament in Boardman has now ended with a final stop in Greenville North Carolina.  Their run to the Little League World Series has seen over 20hours of travel when you add up all the places the team has gone. From Boardman, to Ironton, to Whitestown, and now to Greenville it’s truly been a journey.

After dropping the first game of the tournament in regionals Austintown worked their way all the way back to the title game.  They had to win a total of 6 games to win a regional, compared to their championship opponent Iowa who had only played 3 games going in to the game. That experience playing in do or due circumstances paid dividends for Austintown as they never flinched in the title game victory. Austintown won the game against Iowa 4-0.  The win secured their spot as the Central Region representatives in the Little League World Series.

Making the World Series comes with plenty of perks outside of just the honor of playing against the world’s best.  The team was greater to North Carolina with New Jerseys, new gear, and new swag that they’ll be able to treasure forever.  They also will get the opportunity to interact and watch some of the best softball players in the world as the professional softball league Athletes Unlimited sends their entire roster down to Greenville to play a double header on August 9th.

We had the chance to catch up with members of the Austintown 12u team as they prepare for the start of the World Series. Head coach Matt Hamley, Seneca Coates, Kate Averell, ZaraBurt, and Annabel Mikesell all joined the conversation to talk about the whirlwind week they’ve had.

Austintown starts their run in the World Series on Sunday at 10:00am against North Carolina.  That game can be seen on ESPN+.

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WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown finished their long road through the regional tournament on Friday and topped undefeated Iowa 4-0 to advance to the Little League World Series.

Austintown got on the board in the top of the first inning after Iowa committed an error, and Tori Greathouse singled, each scoring one run.

Mila Hamley began the game for Austintown. The starting pitcher surrendered four hits and zero runs over six innings, striking out eight and walking none.

Leadoff hitter Seneca Coates led with two hits in three at bats. Greathouse led the lineup with one run batted in. The left-handed hitter went 1-for-2 on the day. The bats also got contributions from Kate Averell, and Zara Burt who each managed a hit as well.  Austintown defense was quick on their feet and turned one double play in the game.

Austintown advances to the Little League World Series in Greenville North Carolina. They will be the first game on the schedule and square off with North Carolina on Sunday.

AUSTINTOWN’S FIGHT IN REGIONALS CONTINUES

WHITESTOWN IN-  Austintown has been in the elimination bracket all week in the regional tournament after falling in their first game on Sunday.  That hasn’t phased this team one bit as they have won 4 straight elimination games coming in to Thursday’s semifinal matchup. Their fight to a championship will continue as they bested Indiana 4-1 to set up a rematch with Iowa.

Austintown  got on the board in the first inning after Bella Baumgart tripled, scoring one run. An error extended the Austintown lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning.

Mila Hamley led things off in the circle for Austintown. The starting pitcher allowed three hits and one run over six innings, striking out eight and walking two. Hamley has gathered 18 strikeouts in less than 24 hours in 12 innings pitched.

Annabel Mikesell drove the middle of the lineup, leading Austintown with two runs batted in. The third baseman went 2-for-2 on the day, and has 6 RBI in the last 3 games.  Austintown also got hits from Hamley, Zara Burt, and Tori Greathouse.

Austintown has advanced to the Central Region Championship where they’ll matchup with Iowa. The winner will go to the Little League World Series in Greensville North Carolina.  The championship will be Friday at 3:00 on ESPN+.

AUSTINTOWN ROUTS REIGNING CHAMPIONS

WHITESTOWN IN-  With their backs still against the wall Austintown played Wednesday night in another elimination game at regionals. This time the team in front of them were the back to back reigning champions out of Missouri.  This didn’t phase Austintown though as they quickly dispatched Missouri 10-1 to move on.

Austintown took the lead in the bottom of the first. Annabel Mikesell singled, scoring two runs, to give her team the lead, 2-1.

A fielder’s choice by Bella Baumgart, a passed ball, and a single by Mila Hamley helped Austintown extend their early lead in the third.

Hamley stepped in the circle first for Austintown. The starting pitcher surrendered five hits and one run over five innings, striking out seven and walking one. Mikesell threw one inning of no-run ball in relief to close out the game. She surrendered zero hits, striking out two and walking none.

Austintown amassed eight hits in the game. Seneca Coates led Austintown with two hits in three at bats from the leadoff position. Baumgart and Mikesell were tough to handle back-to-back in the lineup, as each drove in two runs. Coates stole four bases. Austintown also turned one double play in the game on a great catch from Zara Burt, and a heads up play to double off a runner at second.

Austintown is now one step away from the championship game. They square off tomorrow against Indiana at 11:00AM.  The winner will advance to play Iowa in the championship game on Friday.  The game can be streamed on ESPN+.

AUSTINTOWN AVOIDS ELIMINATION

WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown had their backs against the wall again on Tuesday in the Little League Regional tournament.  They powered through the pressure and were victorious against Michigan 5-1 to keep moving on.

Bella Baumgart walked, which helped Austintown All-Stars 12U tie the game at one in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the third, Austintown broke up the tie when Seneca Coates singled, scoring two runs. Then a ground out by Baumgart followed to extend the lead to 5-1.

Mila Hamley started in the circle for Austintown. The starting pitcher allowed five hits and one run over six innings, striking out nine and walking none.

Leadoff hitter Coates led Austintown with two hits in three at bats. Amadi Beardsly paced the lineup with two walks. Overall, the team had patience at the plate, accumulating five walks for the game. Coates was able to steal three bases.

Austintown stays alive in the bracket and will move on to play in another elimination game on Wednesday. They will play the loser of Indiana vs Illinois at 1:00 on ESPN+.

AUSTINTOWN GETS A RESPONSE IN REGIONALS

WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown beat Wisconsin 4-2 on Monday in an elimination game in the Little League Regional tournament.

Austintown opened the scoring in the bottom of the second thanks to two singles. Austintown first got on the board when Ava Fisher singled, scoring one run.

A single by Bella Baumgart extended the Austintown lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning.

Annabel Mikesell started the game for Austintown. The righty surrendered four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Austintown tallied eight hits in the game. Tori Greathouse and Zara Burt were a force together in the lineup, as they each collected two hits. Greathouse, Baumgart, and Fisher each drove in one run for Austintown.

Austintown will play in another elimination game on Tuesday as they take on Michigan at 1:00. That game can be seen on ESPN+.