Athletes Unlimited Softball Games #3 & #4

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Athletes Unlimited Softball Games #3 & #4

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Athletes Unlimited Softball Game #3

Team Chidester 6, Team Zerkle 5 | July 30, 2022 | Parkway Bank Complex

Team Zerkle Starters: Megan Wiggins (LF), Morgan Zerkle (CF), Sydney Romero (SS), Sahvanna Jaquish (3B), Dejah Mulipola (C), Rachel Garcia (DP), Andrea Filler (2B), Courtney Gano (1B), Hayley Busby (RF), Taylor McQuillin (P)

Team Chidester Starters: Haylie McCleney (CF), Sierra Romero (2B), Amanda Chidester (1B), Erika Piancastelli (DP), Anissa Urtez (SS), Bubba Nickles (RF), Jordan Roberts (C), Sydney Sherrill (3B), Aliyah Andrews (LF), Sydney Littlejohn Watkins (P)

Winning Pitcher: Mariah Mazon (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Taylor McQuillin (0-1)

Save: Danielle Watson (1)

Time of Game: 2:20

Game MVPs: #1 - Bubba Nickles (Team Chidester), +60 points

                        #2 - Anissa Urtez (Team Chidester), +40 points

                        #3 - Danielle Watson (Team Chidester), +20 points

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Outfielder Bubba Nickles was going to do whatever she needed to do to guide Team Chidester to its first victory of the 2022 Athletes Unlimited Softball season.

And she certainly did, racking up 220 leaderboard points on the strength of two hits, including a double and a home run, along with being named the game’s top MVP as Team Chidester rallied for a 6-5 victory over Team Zerkle to begin Saturday’s doubleheader at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex. 

The win allowed Team Chidester to even its Week One record at 1-1, while Team Zerkle also stands at 1-1. 

Nickles, who registered a two-hit effort in the season opener on Friday night, fashioned another multi-hit game to lead Team Chidester’s comeback effort. Shortstop Anissa Urtez also chipped in a two-hit outing, including her second home run of the year, to close play with 198 points after securing MVP 2 distinction. 

Rookie pitcher Danielle Watson had an impressive Athletes Unlimited debut, scattering one hit over 2.0 innings with a strikeout to nail down her first professional save. The former Florida State hurler garnered 144 leaderboard points after being named MVP 3. 

Outfielder Morgan Zerkle paced her squad in the setback with a 2-for-3 performance, including three runs batted in and a run scored. Pitcher Taylor McQuillin suffered the loss for Team Zerkle, conceding four runs on four hits over 3.0 innings with four strikeouts and a walk. 

How It Happened: Trailing by a 3-1 margin in the middle of the fourth inning, Team Chidester went to work by scoring five consecutive runs to take a 6-3 lead in the fifth inning. Team captain Amanda Chidester got the run started with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Nickles followed with a 2-run double to right center field in the fourth inning before blasting a two-run home run the following frame for a three-run cushion. 

Leaderboard Impact: Nickles and Urtez hold the top two spots on the leaderboard and are separated by just two points going into the second game of Saturday’s twinbill. Team Zerkle’s Dejah Mulipola and Rachel Garcia are not far behind in third and fourth places, respectively. 

Game Notes:

  • Watson’s save was the seventh save registered in Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season history … It is also the second save in the first three games of the year. 
  • All three games played so far this season have been decided by a total of four runs, including two one-run verdicts. 
  • A total of 11 runs were scored in Saturday’s first game, upping the season runs total to 24 in three games … Aspiration will commit to planting 10 trees for each run scored as part of the “Aspiration Round the Bases” initiative. 
  • Team Chidester’s No. 3-6 hitters accounted for six of the squad’s seven hits … The four players also scored all six runs for the team. 
  • Team Zerkle’s top four hitters in the lineup went a combined 5-for-14 with four runs batted in and two runs scored. 
  • The teams combined to go 14-for-31 in advancement opportunities along with a 9-for-28 success rate with runners on base. 

 

 

Athletes Unlimited Softball Game #4

Team Eberle 1, Team Ocasio 0 | July 30, 2022 | Parkway Bank Sports Complex

Team Eberle Starters: Victoria Hayward (CF), Jazmyn Jackson (RF), Hannah Flippen (SS), Mia Davidson (DP), Sam Fischer (3B), Kelsey Harshman (2B), Taylor Edwards (C), Alysen Febrey (1B), Kiki Stokes-O’Connor (LF), Odicci Alexander (P)

Team Ocasio Starters: Amanda Lorenz (LF), Shannon Rhodes (CF), Tori Vidales (1B), Nadia Taylor (3B), Gwen Svekis (DP), Aleshia Ocasio (P), Sashel Palacios (C), Janae Jefferson (2B), Sis Bates (SS), Danielle O’Toole (P)

Winning Pitcher: Haylie Wagner (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Danielle O’Toole (0-1)

Save: Carrie Eberle (1)

Time of Game: 2:00

Game MVPs: #1 - Kelsey Harshman (Team Eberle), +60 points

                        #2 - Carrie Eberle (Team Eberle), +40 points

                        #3 - Odicci Alexander (Team Eberle), +20 points

ROSEMONT, Ill. - There have been plenty of moments during the first 64 games in Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season history. But, Saturday’s nightcap between Team Eberle and Team Ocasio gave us one we have never seen before - a 1-0 verdict. 

Infielder Kelsey Harshman’s RBI single drove in the game’s only run and four pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as Team Eberle upped its record to 2-0 with the one-run blanking of Team Ocasio. 

The loss dropped Team Ocasio to 0-2 during the opening week with both losses coming by a combined three runs. 

Pitcher Carrie Eberle moved into the top of the leaderboard after securing the save, hurling 2.0 innings of relief. She posted one strikeout but did not allow a hit. Teammate Haylie Wagner earned the win in relief with a perfect fifth frame.

Pitcher Danielle O’Toole was credited with the loss after giving up one run on three hits over 3.0 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Team captain Aleshia Ocasio scattered three hits over 4.0 innings of relief with seven strikeouts. 

How It Happened: After designated player Mia Davidson led off the top of the second inning with a single to right field. She moved to second base on a fly out by infielder Sam Fischer before coming around to score on Harshman’s single up the middle. 

Leaderboard Impact: The sweep allowed Team Eberle to take control of nine of the top 11 spots on the leaderboard, including the first five in a row. Harshman registered 220 leaderboard points to lead all players, while Eberle followed with 184 points of her own.  

Game Notes:

  • The 1-0 victory marked the first shutout of the 2022 Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship season. 
  • Team Ocasio was limited to just two hits in the contest, marking a single-game low through the first four outings. 
  • The teams combined to go 12-for-26 in advancement opportunities … In addition, both teams had their leadoff hitter reach base six times. 

Updated Leaderboard Top 10 (through games of July 30)

RANK

ATHLETE

TOTAL PTS

WIN PTS

STAT PTS

MVP PTS

1

Eberle, Carrie

392

220

72

100

2

Harshman, Kelsey

328

220

48

60

3

Flippen, Hannah

300

220

40

40

4

Hayward, Victoria

288

220

48

20

5

Alexander, Odicci

276

220

36

20

6

Nickles, Bubba

260

120

80

60

7

Urtez, Anissa

258

120

98

40

8

Davidson, Mia

254

220

34

0

9

Jackson, Jazmyn

250

220

30

0

10

Edwards, Taylor

240

220

20

0

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