Firebirds 12U-Palazzo got off to a strong start in their first tournament of the spring, going 5-0 over the weekend in Loudoun County to win the USSSA Xplosion Kaboom Classic 12U-C championship. Marina P, Molly R, and Claudia C led a balanced offensive attack, each driving in 3 runs during the tournament. Maddie G struck out 33 batters over 16 innings, and Caitlyn L struck out 10 while giving up just 2 runs over 7 innings; she pitched a no-hitter against the Stars on Saturday.


In the championship game, the Firebirds took an early 2-0 lead over the Urbana Rippers, and added what proved to be the winning run in the third before giving up 2 runs in the fourth. They held the Rippers scoreless for the final two innings to win the game 3-2. Maya C went 2-2 with a walk, and Marina P drove in 2 runs. Maddie G was fantastic in the circle, striking out 10 and giving up just 5 hits over 6 strong innings.



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After finishing the fall by winning 18 of 21 games, Firebirds 14U-Sable dominated in their first complete tournament of the spring, going 6-0 over the weekend en route to the USSSA Diamonds R 4Ever 14U Open championship. They outscored their opponents 38-8 over the weekend. Kaylie DeChicchis pitched four games, giving up just 9 hits and 3 earned runs, while striking out 24 over 18 innings. Alli Goetz paced the offense with a home run and 7 RBI for the tournament.


In the championship game, the Firebirds were down 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. They put up 5 runs that inning and ran out the clock to claim the title. Maya Sable pitched four strong innings, giving up just 2 earned runs and striking out 7. Giada McGillin went 2-2 from the plate, driving in 3 runs.



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Firebirds 14U-Sable ended their fall season winning 18 of their last 21 games, capping it off with a Gold Bracket championship in the one-day Softball Nation Fall Shootout. The team went 4-0 for the day, outscoring their opponents by a combined 28-2. In the championship game, the Firebirds defeated the Hanover Hornets, 9-0. In the tournament, Kaylie DeChicchis went 3-0 in the circle, totalling 14.0 IP, 6 H, and 13 K. She didn't give up a single earned run. Natalia Rivera was one of many big bats, driving in 7 runs over 4 games.


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