Firebirds 14U-Sable played up this past weekend, and came home with the championship trophy in the USSSA Breast Cancer Awareness NIT 16U-B Gold Bracket division. The team went 6-0 over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 41-13. In the rain-shortened championship game, 14U-Sable defeated the Olney Cougars, 5-2. Kaylie DeChicchis posted a 1.37 ERA, with 14 strikeouts and only 2 walks, holding opponents to a .254 batting average over the weekend.
Firebirds 14U-Mrowka had a strong showing during bracket play on Sunday in the USSSA Breast Cancer Awareness NIT in Loudoun. They defeated the Bayside Blues and top-seeded Virginia Rebellion to advance to the 14U-C championship game. Unfortunately, the rains came and cancelled the final, so the Firebirds and Carmen Fusco ended up sharing the title. In the semifinal, Libby Morrison tossed three innings of two-hit ball, giving up just one run. She was supported by two-RBI games from Lauren Mrowka and Nichole Lopez.
Five Firebirds teams competed in last weekend's USSSA Breast Cancer Awareness NIT, and all five posted strong finishes. Heavy rain forecast for Sunday put bracket play in doubt, but precipitation held off long enough to at least complete the semifinal rounds for each division of the tournament. By the time it was all over, all five teams had finished in the top 3:
Firebirds 12U-Palazzo finished 3rd in the 12U-C division.
Firebirds 14U-Mrowka finished as co-champions of the 14U-C division. The championship game was cancelled due to the rain.
Firebirds 14U-Sable won a rain-shortened championship game to take the 16U-B Gold Bracket title.
Firebirds 16U-Hardy-Kelley lost a rain-shortened championship game, after walk-off wins in two bracket games, to take second place in the 16U-Open division.
Firebirds 16U-Taylor took 3rd place in the 16U-B Silver Bracket.