The 14u girls traveled to Kokomo High School for a single day tournament on Sunday October 5th. The 14u won the Duel at the Diamonds tournament going 5/0 on the day. We scored 54 runs while only giving up 12. The girls did a great job and it was a total team effort. In the first game we faced the younger Intensity out of Indy winning 14/0. In the second game we faced we face the older Intensity team an came away with a 7/2 win. In the third pool game we faced the Indiana Magic and were down 4/2 and came back to win 5/4. We then went into single elimination and were the number 1 seed so we faced the younger Intensity and won once again 12/0. We then faced the Indiana Magic in the championship game once again and came away with the 9/6 winning the tournament. We really enjoyed this win because in the Muncie tournament we didn’t play well and lost to the magic who went on to win the tournament. We knew that we had to show that we are a better team than we played in Muncie. This was our first tournament win with this age group. We look forward to many more opportunities to win more tournaments. We are back in action again on Oct 11/12 in Wabash.
The 14u Shock 00 team traveled to Kokomo, IN for the Dual at the Diamonds one-day tournament on Sunday, October 5th. The team won the tournament going 5-0 on the day. The girls did a great job, scoring 54 runs while only giving up 12. It was a total team effort. In the first pool game of the day the team faced the younger Intensity team and came away with a 14-0 win. The team next played the older Intensity team in pool play, winning 7-2. In the third pool game the team faced the Indiana Magic and were down 4-2 before coming back for a 5-4 win. After pool play, the team earned a 1 seed for the single-elimination tournament and faced the 4 seed younger Intensity team for the first round of the single-elimination tournament. Shock 00 won 12-0. This win put the team in the championship game, where they faced the Indiana Magic. A 9-6 win by Shock 00 gave them the tourney championship. Coach Bill Caldwell: “We really enjoyed this win because in the Muncie tournament we didn’t play well and lost to the Indiana Magic, who went on to win that tournament. We knew we had to show that we are able to play better than we played in Muncie. Winning the Kokomo Duel at the Diamonds was our first tournament championship with this team. We look forward to many more opportunities to win tournaments.” 14U Shock 00 plays next October 11-12 in Wabash.
The 14u Shock ’00 team traveled to Muncie, IN for a one-day double-elimination tournament on Sept 21st. The girls started out with a tough loss to the Indiana Magic, losing in the final inning. The team then faced the 14u Shock 01 team and defeated them to continue playing. In the third game of the day, the team played the Howard County Thunder and run-ruled them to advance. The next game was another win for the 14u Shock 00 team, as they run-ruled the Hoosier Force by playing an excellent game as an entire team. In this game, the 14u Shock 00 pitcher faced 12 batters, striking out 6 and only giving up 1 hit. In the team’s fifth game of the day they faced the Bambinos and unfortunately came up short and was eliminated from the tournament. The team finished with a record of 3-2 on the day and a 4th place out of 12 team finish. Overall, the team played better in their second outing together, but still has lots to learn. Huge leaps in the right direction were made, with both loses on the day coming to the 1st and 2nd place teams. The team also earned their NSA World Series berth from their performance in this tournament. Coach Bill Caldwell: “We know where we need to go to get where we want, and are on the right track to get there. Our team is understanding we all win and lose together.” The team is back in action Oct 5th in Kokomo for a USFA one-day tournament.
September 6th & 7th the 14u team was at the Purdue North Central College Exposure tournament in Michigan City, IN. The team played 3 pool games on Saturday and then went into a single elimination tournament on Sunday. According to Coach Bill Caldwell, the team played a very good first pool game and won by a score of 8-3 over the 14u Stealth. The girls then faced the 18u Horsepower from Indy and fell 7-1. The girls struggled hitting, which kept the team from being able to produce runs. In the final pool game of the day, the team faced the 16u Stealth and lost 6-3. The girls played well, but just ran out of time to try to get the win. On Sunday the team played the 14u Stealth again for their first bracket-play game and this time came up short losing. We learned a lot about our new team this weekend and had lots of positives, but also found areas that we will work on and correct. Overall we felt it was a step in the right direction. We will be back in action on September 21 in Muncie for a one day tournament.
On September 7th, the Indiana Shock 99 team spent the day on the campus of Saint Francis University. Saint Francis University (SFU) head coach Ryan Bolyn and his staff invited the team for a college workout. The day allowed the girls to feel like a college athlete. The morning workout included individual infield and outfield work, followed by team defense, and provided the team the opportunity to showcase their defensive abilities for the Saint Francis coaching staff. After the conclusion of the morning practice, the team was able to attend a Q&A brunch with the Saint Francis coaches and players. Following the Q&A session, the team was given a campus tour that included all the main buildings on campus and campus housing. After the campus tour, the day concluded with an afternoon hitting practice. This session focused on cage work, situational hitting groups, and individual instruction from the USF coaching staff. A special thanks to Coach Bolyn, his staff, and the USF players who allowed Indiana Shock 99 this great experience.
(front row L to R: Aubrie Eckert, Emma West, Mattie McKee, Kelsie Vogleman, Mackenzi Cannici, Sydney Day & Hannah Shoupe; back row L to R: Kiera Stacy, Hannah Mathieu, Brooklyn Howard, & Kennedy Krull)
August 31st – September 1st: The Indiana Shock 99 team traveled to Midwest Sports Complex in Indianapolis, IN to play five games in their first college showcase of the fall season. Over the weekend, the girls were able to network with various coaches from all over the country, specifically interacting and talking with the following coaches during and after their games: Coach Amber Bowman (University of Rio Grande), Coach Butch Zike (Franklin College), Coach Clay Davis (Northeastern State University), Coach Jamey Lobdell (Olivet College), Coach Kirk Peterson (Burlington County College), Coach Nathan Ohta (Corban University), Coach Tara Sipperley (Saginaw Valley State), Coach Tim Syrek (Calvin College), and Coach Amanda Demoine (Stevenson University). The weekend allowed each girl to showcase their skills and talents as they work toward their goal of playing college softball. The team played well for their first games of the season, and finished with a record of 2-2-1.
On August 30th, five members of the Indiana Shock travel softball program participated in the USA Preps Labor Day Showcase Exposure Camp. The weekend was a wonderful experience for each player to get one-on-one time with college coaches, showcase their softball abilities, and begin developing their college network.
(USA Preps Labor Day Showcase – Softball Exposure Camp L to R: Kennedy Musselman, Mattie McKee, Emma West, Aubrie Eckert, & Kennedy Krull )
Practice schedules have been added to the calendar for each team, catchers and pitchers. All practices will be held at the complex.