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WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown cruised past Nebraska on Wednesday, securing a 12-0 win in a regional tournament elimination game.

In the top of the fourth, Austintown exploded for six runs on four hits. Gracie Faunda’s single brought in two runs, followed by Gianna Hoops with another two-RBI single. Ellie Marquis added a run on a fielder’s choice, and Ava Fisher grounded out to drive in another.

The fifth inning saw Austintown tack on five more runs with five hits. Mila Hamley, Bella Mattern, Lexi Petrilla, and Hoops each had RBI singles, with another run scored on a steal of home.

Hamley was dominant in the circle, throwing three hitless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Jaden Rusche started for Nebraska, giving up three hits and one unearned run over three innings, with one strikeout and two walks. Annabel Mikesell pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Austintown, allowing no hits and striking out four.

Austintown racked up 12 hits in the game. Hoops led the charge with three RBIs, going 2-for-2. Hamley, Mattern, Hoops, and Petrilla each had two hits. Hamley, Hoops, and Petrilla also stole multiple bases, with Austintown swiping seven bases in total. They played flawless defense with no errors, and Marissa Polder made 11 plays.



WHITESTOWN IN- Indiana came out swinging on Tuesday, scoring four runs in the second inning to defeat Austintown 7-1 in regional tournament action.

Cadence Jansen got Indiana on the board in the first inning with a groundout that brought in a run. Austintown quickly tied it up in the top of the second thanks to a passed ball.

But Indiana broke the tie in the bottom of the second. Finley Poling smacked a triple, clearing the bases and scoring three runs. Another passed ball extended the lead to 5-1.

Indiana added another run in the third when Caroline Bennington singled.

Mila Hamley started for Austintown, giving up six hits and six runs (one earned) over three innings, with four strikeouts and no walks. Briley Mercer was strong in the circle for Indiana, giving up four hits and one unearned run over six innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Lexi Petrilla led Austintown at the plate, going 2-for-2 and stealing two bases.

Indiana totaled eight hits. Finley Poling made the most of her chances, driving in three runs from the nine spot, going 1-for-2. Stella Bibelhauser, Caroline Bennington, and Briley Mercer each collected two hits for Indiana. Bibelhauser also swiped two bases. Indiana played clean defense with no errors, turning one double play, and Naomi Wathen had the most fielding chances with 10.

Austintown faces an elimination game against Nebraska on Wednesday at 1:00 on ESPN+.


WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown 12U came out strong on Sunday, blanking Wisconsin 3-0 in their first game of the Central Region tournament. Mila Hamley was a beast in the circle, recording 18 outs and striking out 17 batters. She tossed a no-hitter, allowing no hits and no runs over six innings, with just one walk.

Austintown broke the ice in the second inning when Ava Fisher’s single brought in a run. They kept the pressure on in the third with Marissa Polder and Gracie Faunda each driving in a run, Polder with a single and Faunda with a walk.

Wisconsin’s starter Addyson Rosetti pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs, with four strikeouts and five walks.

Austintown’s bats were hot, racking up eight hits. Annabel Mikesell was on fire, going 3-for-3 at the plate and swiping two bases. Polder had an RBI, going 1-for-3, and Fisher added two hits in two at-bats. Austintown’s patience paid off with five walks, sealing their win in style.


BOARDMAN OH- Ava Fisher was clutch, driving in four runs on two hits to lead Austintown to a 9-1 romp over Canfield on Monday, clinching their second straight district title. Fisher’s bat was hot, knocking in two runs with a single in the second and another two with a single in the fourth.

Austintown got the scoring going in the first, capitalizing on a Canfield error and a passed ball. The second inning saw Fisher’s first big hit, bringing in two runs. Austintown kept the pressure on in the third, with Mila Hamley’s double adding to the lead.

Hamley started strong in the circle, tossing two hitless, scoreless innings with four K’s and no walks. Klara Edenfield took the mound for Canfield, giving up 11 hits and nine runs (seven earned) over six innings, striking out three and walking two. Annabel Mikesell came in for Austintown, pitching two innings of no-run ball, striking out five and walking three.

Austintown tallied 11 hits, with Gracie Faunda, Fisher, and Mikesell each picking up two. Kylee Krits led Canfield with two walks, and the team showed patience at the plate, drawing five walks overall.

Game photos can be found HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/7-1-sb-u12-canfiels-austintown/7-1-sb-u12-canfield-austintown/100EOS1D


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.


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+.


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.


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+.


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+.