Imlay City’s Jaya Forti throws a strike to home plate during tournament action.

IMLAY CITY — Foster Oilers 16U softball team, which counts Imlay City’s Jaya Forti among their ranks, made it to the semifinal round before bowing out at the Northern Illinois Lightning 2021 Radtke Memorial Tournament July 2-3 in Chicago, Illinois.

The team started things off Friday, July 2 with an 8-3 loss to Wasco Diamonds 16U.

Later that day, Foster Oilers dropped a 2-1 verdict to Wheatland Spikes ’05 and was handed a 13-0 setback by Elk Grove Heat ’05.

The following day saw the team bounce back with an 8-3 win against AHQ Fastpitch 16U.

That contest left them 1-3 at the end of pool play.

Foster Oilers then picked up a 3-2 victory over Oak Park Windmills 16U; registered a 5-2 win against Finesse Finesse 16U and absorbed a 1-0 semifinal loss to Wasco Diamonds 16U.

Brooklyn Evans (Marysville), Lauren Creon (Richmond), Meghan Winston (Marysville), Olivia Schmaus (Chesterfield), Piper Clark (Richmond), Julia Schweihofer (St. Clair), Alexis Miller (Marysville), Olivia Theut (Richmond), Emma Curtis (Marysville) and Kara Miller (Marysville) joined Forti on the roster of Foster Oilers.

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.