Almont’s Lydia Lacavera (back row third from left) and Imlay City’s Lexa Forti (back row fifth from left) helped their team to a top finish at Youth Nationals in Kentucky.

TRI-CITY AREA — Foster Oilers 14U Black softball team squad, which counts Imlay City’s Lexa Forti and Almont’s Lydia Lacavera among their ranks, earned a first-place finish at the Youth Softball Nationals recently.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky served as the tournament venue.

The team started things off Sunday, July 11 with a 5-4 loss to Chaos Landow (Villanova, Pennsylvania).

The following day Foster Oilers bounced back with an 11-2 win against Signature Wolff/Fuhr (Indianapolis, Indiana) and an 11-0 victory over Muskego Storm (Muskego, Wisconsin).

The team followed it up with an 11-0 triumph against High Voltage Blue (Pearl River, Louisiana) and a 9-0 triumph against Audubon A’s (Audubon, New Jersey) on Tuesday, July 13.

That left them as the number two seed at the completion of pool play.

Foster Oilers then began bracket action Wednesday, July 14 with an 18-2 win over Kenosha Fusion (Kenosha, Wisconsin).

The following day saw Foster Oilers notch an 11-1 victory against Sharks (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) and an 8-5 triumph over Indiana Elite (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

That landed Foster Oilers a championship game appearance where they squared off versus Rowdie Katz (Morris, Illinois).

When the final scores were added up, Foster Oilers had prevailed 8-6.

Gabby Johnson (Macomb Township), Mia Simons (Marine City), Cameron McDonald (Clinton Township), Ryan Quain (Marysville), Tabitha Furlin (St. Clair), Olivia Volkman (Marine City), Melanie Courneya (Macomb Township), Emmi Hildreth (Richmond), Gabby Basic (Marysville) and Rachelle Schweihofer (St. Clair) joined Forti and Lacavera on the championship team.

Kevin Kissane

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.