TRI-CITY AREA — The Attack 14U softball squad earned a first-place finish at the NSA World Series recently.
The tournament was contested July 19-21 in Beloit, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois.
Attack 14U got their tournament path underway Friday, July 19 with a 12-1 win against Wisconsin Core. That was followed by 13-6 victory over Sting (Missouri), leaving them 2-0 at the completion of pool play.
Later that day, Attack 14U registered a 16-3 bracket play triumph against Tribe 04 (Indiana).
That was followed by a 16-3 win over Escanaba on Saturday, July 20.
They then fell 9-8 to Pride of the Midwest in a game that began Saturday, July 20 and concluded on Sunday, July 21 due to adverse weather conditions.
That loss sent Attack to the loser’s bracket where they had to play five back to back games if they were to bring home the title.
They took the first step in that direction with a 10-0 win against Wisconsin Core. That was followed by a 17-3 victory over TR Select (Indiana); a 9-2 triumph against Triple Crown Swang (Indiana); and a 13-10 win over Pride of the Midwest (Wisconsin).
Attack 14U then handed Pride of the Midwest (Wisconsin) a 9-1 setback, assuring themselves of a top tournament finish.
The Attack 14U softball team was led on the mound by Olivia Malcolm (Almont) and Myah McLean (North Branch). Both girls proved dominant over the course of the tournament, pitching multiple games during the scorching 95-plus degree heat.
Attack 14U also put up solid numbers at the plate en route to the title. Katie Witkowski (Utica) led the way, checking in with a .592 hitting clip to go along with 13 RBI. She was given assistance in the hitting department by Sterling Heights’ Lindsey McGann (.556 hitting and 19 RBI), Almont’s Lindsey Wilson (.548 hitting and 17 runs scored), Marysville’s Avery Woodard (.526 hitting and 15 runs scored), Almont’s Elly Schapman (24 RBI) Almont’s Devin Johnston, St. Clair’s Savana Clark and Malcolm (13 RBI each), Lake Orion’s Taylor Dinda (11 RBI) and North Branch’s Chloe Bruman (two for three and scored the game-ending run in the title game).
Kendall Roszczewski (Imlay City) joined them on the championship roster. They were coached by Ray Johnston and Lane Johnston.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.