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Firebirds 14U-Sable wrapped up their strong year by claiming the USA Softball 14U Class A Eastern Championship this weekend in Loudoun.

The team swept their three pool games on Thursday by a combined score of 21-5, earning them a first-round bye in the double-elimination tournament. The Firebirds used the bye to their advantage and beat the always-strong Delaware Cobras, 8-0, advancing them to the winners bracket semifinals and giving them the rest of Friday off.

The Firebirds drew Pennsylvania Outlaws National on Saturday. To that point, the Outlaws had won their four games by a combined score of 49-5. Once Lara Schuerhoff drove in the second Firebirds run of the top of the first inning, Kaylie DeChicchis had all the cushion she needed. She pitched 7 innings, striking out 7 and allowing just one run in the 5-1 victory. The win advanced the Birds to the winners bracket final on Sunday morning.

DeChicchis pitched another gem against the Generals, striking out 8 over 6 innings. The Firebirds held a tenuous 2-1 lead going into the fifth inning, when the Generals scored 2 to take the lead. That lead was short-lived, though, as the Firebirds scored twice in the bottom of the inning to go up 4-3, which ended up as the final score. With that win, the Firebirds earned a place in the championship game. Without a loss yet, they would need to win just once to claim the championship, but their opponent would have to beat them twice to claim the title.

After defeating the Wheatland Spikes, the Michigan Generals returned for a rematch (or maybe two) against the Firebirds for the championship. The game was never really in doubt. Maya Sable (4 IP) and Lindsay White (3 IP) combined to allow just 7 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings, backed up by a defense that didn't commit an error and turned two double plays. Bella Mistretta scored 3 times and White went 3-4 with 3 RBI to pace the offense in the 8-2 win.


Alana Yoder, P/1B for Firebirds 16U-Knapp, has committed to play softball at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Yoder has been a Firebird for 3 years and is entering her senior year at West Potomac High School.

Alana was a starting member of West Potomac's 2019 and 2021 Gunston District championship teams and was named Second Team All-Gunston District both years.

Congrats, Alana. We can't wait to see all the great things you do as a Saint!


A record 21 Firebirds earned all-district honors for their high schools in the 2021 season. Additionally, Holly Hill was named to the Patriot District lacrosse first team for Robinson. This year's softball honorees:

First Team

Concorde District

Ayla Condill, Madison

Gunston District

Nekia Aiken, Hayfield

National District

Kaya DeMarco, Wakefield

Lauren Flynn, Edison

Clare Viehmeyer, Edison

Patriot District

Sarah Banker, Woodson

Erica Shoop, W Springfield

Sammy Stuart, W Springfield

Second Team

Cardinal District

Alexis Beach, Woodbridge

Gunston District

Jazmynn Adams, Hayfield

Kate Hardy, West Potomac

Asha Nair, Hayfield

Shalini Vlcan, Annandale

Alana Yoder, West Potomac

National District

Amari Dabney, Wakefield

Anna Dobson, Edison

Sofia Taylor, Edison

Maddie Yee, Edison

Patriot District

Harper Ellis, Robinson

Lindsay White, West Springfield

Honorable Mention

Cardinal District

Ryleigh Moore, Woodbridge


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