This weekend’s thawing has everybody anticipating sun, warmer temperatures and, of course, softball.
Count Jersey Outlaws Premier among the ones most anticipating the perfect days ahead. The Outlaws have been working toward their 2018 season, which includes at least eight showcases, featuring the Colorado Sparkler.
2018 Jersey Outlaws Premier Schedule
June 2-3: Blue Chip Super 40 Showcase (Shamong, N.J.)
June 9-10: Outlaws East Coast Showcase (Voorhees, N.J.)
June 15-17: Pennsbury Invitational (Lower Makefield, Pa.)
June 19-22: Triple Crown Summer Showcase (Ewing, N.J./Southampton, Pa.)
June 24-July 1: Colorado Sparkler (Westminster, Colo.)
July 4-6: Blue Chip DWI Tournament of Champions (Binghamton, N.Y.)
July 13-15: Nightmare Classic (Voorhees, N.J.)
July 26-29: New England’s Finest Summer Showcase (Plainville, Mass.)
Jersey Outlaws Premier has gotten bigger, better and more versatile.
That’s what Alex Walsh brings to the team.
Walsh joined the Outlaws in October, playing first base, third base, catcher and just about anywhere coach Dan Berg needed her. The Class of 2021 prospect at Northern Burlington High School has years of travel softball experience and swings a solid run-producing bat.
What Jersey Outlaws Premier opponents may find surprising is the team worked through a bunch of injuries – some big, some small – during the fall season. The Outlaws made it hard to tell as they went 25-5 against one college-committed pitcher after another.
The depth of the lineup and versatility of the players probably masked the injuries, and the Outlaws were rounding toward improved health in the final week of the campaign. Fortunately, their pitchers were healthy the whole way through.
Highlighting the seven-tournament run was a 7-0 record at the Nightmare Octoberfest Showcase. Just as impressive: The Outlaws raised $6,200 for breast cancer research for the Pink Ribbon Softball Tournament – the highest total in the event’s history.
They sat on the bench laughing, smiling, serenading each other in song – their teenage side as carefree as ever.
The song’s words likely resonated more with their coaches, parents, onlookers. You know them: Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley no low enough …
You see, everybody else felt the symbolism because they’ve seen it come to fruition so many times with the Jersey Outlaws Premier players.
This weekend’s tournament was never about a title. In fact, the Nightmare Octoberfest Showcase ended with co-winners, the action stopped after the semifinals on Sunday, the Outlaws boasting a 7-0 record.
It was always about playing well, contributing to the cause. If it led to a title, even better.
Along the way, the Outlaws faced pitchers who have committed to such college programs as Syracuse, Penn State, Princeton and New Haven, and teams from such organizations as PA Chaos, Team Long Island, New Jersey Mystics, Witches, Ducks, Philly Spirit and the host Nightmare.
Ain’t no mountain high enough, ladies.
Photo: Outlaws, front row, from left, Ashlynne Scardino, Emma Bachman, Julia Mayernik, Alex Haley, Abbi Markee, Gigi Venezelos and guest player Alex Walsh; top row, Nicole Cerasi, Madison Sisz, Abby Zucatti, Alexa Blue, Elyssa Bohr, Megan Berg and Amanda Gonzalez.
Jersey Outlaws Premier left the Pink Ribbon Softball Tournament with a 3-0 record and bracket championship, thrilled to play an excellent title game at Rider University.
Two and a half weeks later, what the Outlaws accomplished was even more evident – the team’s $6,200 donation to the tournament cause was the year’s highest. The annual event benefited Susan G Komen - Central & South Jersey and the Princeton YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Knowing every donation counts, the Outlaws staged different fundraisers while preparing for the tournament. They scored big both on and off the field.
The need was there for the Jersey Outlaws Premier pitchers to raise their game during the fall season, and they’ve been happy to oblige the team.
The Outlaws are relying on a three-pitcher rotation this fall after going with four during last season’s 65-15 campaign on the 18U showcase level. Coach Dan Berg and his staff have mixed and matched with right-handers Elyssa Bohr, Amanda Gonzalez and Ashlynne Scardino, and the Outlaws have won their first six games by a combined 38-10.
Consider last fall, opponents scored 24 runs in the Outlaws’ first six games (five wins). This season, Bohr, “Gonzo” and Scardino have embraced the added opportunities by painting the corners and letting their catchers and fielders make plays.
The second weekend of September is here. Did you hear what Tom Brady is asking:
“Are you ready for some softball?”
Indeed, Tom, just don’t tell cranky old Bill about your favorite sport.
Jersey Outlaws Premier gets its fall season underway Sunday in the Pink Ribbon Tournament, opening at Rider University for the second consecutive year, which makes sense considering the squad’s 13 players are all Class of 2019 and 2020 college prospects.
Coach Dan Berg and his staff will field a lineup that features:
Class of 2019: OF Emma Bachman (Rancocas Valley), INF/OF Nicole Cerasi (Steinert) and P/OF Amanda Gonzalez (Northern Burlington);
Class of 2020: INF Megan Berg (Northern Burlington), 1B Alexa Blue (Northern Burlington), P/1B Elyssa Bohr (Moorestown), C/OF Alex Haley (Steinert), OF Abbi Markee (Milville Memorial), C/3B Julia Mayernik (Northern Burlington), P Ashlynne Scardino (Hammonton), INF Madison Sisz (Northern Burlington), INF Gigi Venizelos (Hun School) and OF Abby Zucatti (Hun School).
If it seems likes the Jersey Outlaws Premier season just ended, well, a 3½-week break is a long time off for the coaches and players, who were more than happy this week to get back on the field and begin preparing for the fall season.
The Outlaws will play seven tournaments in September and October, beginning with the Pink Ribbon Softball Tournament on Sept. 10 in Mercer County. That’s a particularly important event for the Outlaws, who during their August break have been fundraising for its cause, breast cancer research.
Also on the Outlaws’ schedule are the Pennsbury One Day (Sept. 17) in Lower Makefield, Pa.; Xtreme Dimensions Showcase 18 Gold (Sept. 23-24) in Southampton, Pa.; Blue Chip Toys for Tots Showcase (Oct. 7-8) in Shamong; Triple Crown Xtreme Fall Showcase (Oct. 14-15) in Southampton, Pa.; Nightmare October Showcase (Oct. 21-22) in Voorhees; and TNT Fall Showcase (Oct. 27-29) in Wilmington, Del.
Jersey Outlaws Premier’s season ended on Saturday night/Sunday morning. In some ways, it was just the beginning.
The coming years expect to be fruitful for a team which expanded its roster in the 2016-17 season with Class of 2019 and 2020 prospects. The Outlaws moved up to the 18U showcase level and responded with a banner, 65-15-1 campaign, concluding with a 6-3 record at the Triple Crown East Coast Summer Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The final day produced memories for a lifetime. Facing elimination with their next loss, the Outlaws started their final day with 7 a.m. warmups for an 8 a.m. game. Lo and behold, they just didn’t want to lose, surviving through four wins and two long rain delays. Their fifth and final game of the day started at 11:56 on a Saturday night and ended at 1:01 on a Sunday morning. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Under the tutelage of coaches Dan Berg, Brian Sisz, Mark Mayernik, Laura Archer and Robin Blue, the Outlaws laid the foundation for bigger and better things in the future. The big three of shutdown pitching, timely hitting and tight defense got a boast from dedication, speed and savvy leadership.
The 2017-18 season – a month away – is calling the Outlaws already, so it’s not ending, it’s just getting better for the Outlaws.
Class of 2019: OF Emma Bachman (Rancocas Valley), 2B/OF Nicole Cerasi (Steinert) and P/OF Amanda Gonzalez (Northern Burlington). Class of 2020: P/1B Haylei Archer (Northern Burlington), INF Megan Berg (Northern Burlington), 1B Alexa Blue (Northern Burlington), P/1B Elyssa Bohr (Moorestown), C/OF Alex Haley (Steinert), OF Abbi Markee (Memorial), C/3B Julia Mayernik (Northern Burlington), P/3B Ashlynne Scardino (Hammonton), INF Madison Sisz (Northern Burlington), INF Gigi Venizelos (Hun School) and OF Abby Zucatti (Hun School). Amelia Johnson contributed greatly to the team’s success as well.
Where did the season go? Well, you know what happens when you’re having fun.
It seemed Jersey Outlaws Premier was just holding tryouts and forming as a team for the 2016-17 season, but nearly a year later the players and coaches were together for their final practice before next week’s season-ending tournament to Myrtle Beach, S.C. – the Triple Crown East Coast Summer Nationals.
The Outlaws have taken the challenge of moving up to the 18U showcase level with Class of 2019 and 2020 prospects and responded with a 59-12-1 season. They’re ending the campaign by playing in one of the premier events on the East Coast, and at a complex called Grand Park.
Oh, does that name capture the feeling of the Outlaws’ season.
Pitching in for the cause
If there is a Jersey Outlaws Premier pitcher on the mound, there’s another one not far away.
Off to the side of the diamond, pitchers are often getting loose.
Complete games are the exception with the Outlaws because manager Dan Berg and pitching coach Laura Archer keep their four right-handers – Haylei Archer, Elyssa Bohr, Amanda Gonzalez and Ashlynne Scardino – busy. All of the pitchers have appeared in at least half of the team’s 20 spring games.
They’ve combined on a 2.43 ERA while allowing fewer than one hit per inning.
The quartet will be needed – and ready – this week when the Outlaws face a strong list of opponents at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.
Setting a spark at TNT
There are fireworks across the Jersey Outlaws Premier infield, so, appropriately, the team will be playing at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic this week in Quakertown, Pa.
Against a strong list of opponents – always a favorite of the Outlaws – the infielders will bring their mix of speed and power.
And when talking TNT, “Sticks” would seem just right. Alexa Blue, the Outlaws’ lanky first baseman and No. 3 hitter who’s affectionately known as “Sticks,” is currently leading the team in the Triple Crown categories.
But there’s offense all across the Outlaws’ infield, which also boasts versatility, gap power and much more with Megan Berg, Nicole Cerasi, Madison Sisz and Gigi Venizelos.
Yes, light the offense.
No doubt ‘outfield’ capped by a ‘D’
It’s not often a softball team can say its best highlights at a tournament were provided by the outfielders’ defense.
But that’s how good the Jersey Outlaws Premier outfielders were this past week at the Team NJ/Rock Challenge.
While the offense and pitchers were outstanding – in fact, the Outlaws won seven of their eight games – the outfielders even had one umpire telling another team’s coach about them. The two best catches came from left fielder Amelia Johnson on an all-out dive and right fielder Abby Zucatti on a big-time drop step and stab of a hard-hit ball.
With Emma Bachman and Abbi Markee, who both have been red hot at the plate, their speed allows them to track anything and everything in the air.
All of the outfielders expect to keep putting the clamps on this week at TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.
Catchers on patrol
The umpires know the deception may be coming yet Jersey Outlaws Premier catchers Julia Mayernik and Alex Haley have a knack for framing strikes just right – even pitches just off the plate.
What some would-be base stealers may not know is coming is the arms of the two catchers. Haley threw out seven runners during the team’s fall season and Mayernik is building off a terrific high school campaign by nailing four runners in just three summer tournaments.
By while defense is always No. 1 with a catcher, Mayernik and Haley have been supplying offense in the lower portion of the Outlaws’ deep lineup. Both Class of 2020 prospects sport excellent on-base percentages.
The two hope to continue their all-around play this week at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.
When athletes get to high school, there’s no discriminating with age. It doesn’t matter because ninth-graders can jump right into the deep end with the upperclassmen.
Jersey Outlaws Premier players were prepping for that challenge for years. But this summer is offering them an even higher level of competition.
The Outlaws have succeeded to a 44-7-1 record since forming last year all the while coach Dan Berg has been requesting difficult opponents with tournament directors. The tougher, the better, the 18U competition is only going to make the Outlaws stronger for the future.
The Outlaws are heading into the heart of their summer schedule, and the fields in upcoming showcases like this week’s Team NJ/Rock Challenge in Newtown, Pa., and next week’s TNT Summer Showcase in Quakertown, Pa., are important as they prepare for away tournaments in July in Binghamton, N.Y., Virginia Beach, Va., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Bring it on? No doubt.
Six wins and 41 runs later and there was an even more impressive number for Jersey Outlaws Premier this past weekend at the Blue Chip Super Elite 40 tournament in Shamong – 37.
The Outlaws drew 37 college coaches to their games, all evaluating the growing level of talent that was coming off a successful high school season and opening their summer travel schedule.
“The level of interest for the girls was simply incredible and that's because they played so well,” Outlaws coach Dan Berg said.
The Outlaws (40-6-1) beat Frozen Ropes Force Elite, 7-0; NJ Avalanche Gold, 7-1; Angels Fastpitch Gold, 7-6; Jersey Flames Gold, 11-1; Jersey Flames Premier, 4-1; and New Jersey Power Gold, 2-0. They also lost to the PA Xtreme Gold, 8-3.
Up next is the Jersey Outlaws East Coast Showdown Saturday and Sunday in Voorhees.
The Class of 2019 and 2020 standouts on Jersey Outlaws Premier have been sizzling during high school season, but they’re really hoping to turn up the heat during the upcoming summer tournament season.
Outlaws coaches have planned a schedule that will bring high-level competition as well as exposure before many college coaches.
The summer schedule begins with the Blue Chip Super 40 Elite Showcase June 3-4 in Shamong. From there, the Outlaws will play gracious hosts (well, not too gracious!) in the Outlaws Showdown June 10-11 in Voorhees. They’ll also play in the Team NJ/Rock Challenge Cup June 22-25 in Newtown, Pa., and the TNT Summer Showcase June 28-July 2 in Quakertown, Pa.
In July, the Outlaws will hit the road for the Blue Chip DWI Tournament of Champions July 7-9 in Binghamton, N.Y.; the PGF Legendary Summer Scorcher Showcase July 13-16 in Virginia Beach, Va.; and the TC East Coast Summer Nationals July 26-30 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“I am very excited for the girls with them all coming into showcase season off of very successful high school seasons,” Outlaws coach Dan Berg said. “They are all raring to go and show the college coaches what they can do.”
Having often played older travel teams, coach the Outlaws bring a 34-5-1 record into their summer schedule.
If … er, when … the weather cooperates, the players on Jersey Outlaws Premier are ready for an exciting season of high school softball.
All 15 Outlaws – Class of 2019 and 2020 prospects – will make contributions to their varsity programs this spring.
“This is a result of all the hard work they have put in, and they deserve it,” head coach Dan Berg said.
The Outlaws coming to a high school field near you:
Class of 2019: OF Emma Bachman (Rancocas Valley), 2B/OF Nicole Cerasi (Steinert), P/RF Amanda Gonzalez (Northern Burlington) and SS/3B Amelia Johnson (Calvary Christian);
Class of 2020: P/1B Haylei Archer (Northern Burlington), 2B Megan Berg (Northern Burlington), 1B Alexa Blue (Northern Burlington), P/1B Elyssa Bohr (Moorestown), C Alex Haley (Steinert), OF Abbi Markee (Memorial), C/3B Julia Mayernik (Northern Burlington), P/3B Ashlynne Scardino (Hammonton), INF Madison Sisz (Northern Burlington), INF Gigi Venizelos (Hun School) and CF Abby Zucatti (Hun School).
The biggest compliment paid to Jersey Outlaws Premier on Sunday was how its players made it difficult to tell they were playing their first tournament in 3½ months.
Hard work in the offseason paid off with the Outlaws winning the first of their three indoor tournaments – the USSSA 18U Cupid’s Classic at Wyoming Valley Sports Dome in Wilkes Barre, Pa.
The Outlaws, who went 28-4-1 in the fall, returned with four straight wins in the eight-team field. They defeated the Marlton Thunder, 7-0, and Blue Valley Mountain Lions, 9-0, to earn the No. 1 seed after pool play, then beat Churchville Lightning 18U, 3-2, in the semifinals and New Jersey Rampage Gold, 2-0, in the final.
In the final, Alex Haley singled in Abby Zucatti in the bottom of the second inning and Gigi Venizelos singled in Madison Sisz in the third, and pitchers Elyssa Bohr and Amanda Gonzalez made it stand up. The outfield of Emma Bachman, Amelia Johnson, Abbi Markee, Ashlynne Scardino and Zucatti had a particularly strong game defensively in an excellent wrapup to the day.
Alexa Blue was the hitting standout with two-run hits in each of the first three games. In the tight semifinal, she singled in a pair and leadoff hitter Megan Berg raced home on a wild pitch to give winning pitcher Haylei Archer enough of a lead. Archer struck out five.
Scardino and Gonzalez combined on the opening win over Marlton, and Julia Mayernik drilled a two-run double, Blue a two-run single and Haley an RBI single. In the win over Blue Valley, Johnson slugged a three-run triple and Blue hit a two-run triple, while Sisz, Haley and Zucatti also had RBIs to back Gonzalez and Bohr.
Speedster Nicole Cerasi missed the tournament as she was off running sprints in the NJSIAA sectionals, but her Outlaws teammates clearly moved fast off the starter's block to open their winter schedule.
Hey, Puxatony Phil, the Jersey Outlaws Premier softball players aren’t waiting until spring to play their favorite sport.
The cold winter temperatures may have everyone else longing for warmer days, but the Outlaws plan to heat it up indoors in preparation for the upcoming high school season and, ultimately, their summer schedule.
The Outlaws will be in a pair of USSSA tournaments this month at Wyoming Valley Sports Dome in Wilkes Barre, Pa. The Class of 2019 and 2020 prospects will play in an 18U field on Feb. 12 and a 16U field on Feb. 19.
The Outlaws also will play in the annual Trouble in the Bubble 16U/18U field on March 26 at the Robbinsville Fieldhouse.
Six more weeks until spring? No way, Phil.
Manager Dan Berg was shaking his head from side to side, the admiration shining through as he was talking about the gutty play of his Jersey Outlaws Premier team.
And this was before the Outlaws played in their bracket final at the Blue Chip Fall Finale on Sunday.
After the Outlaws went out and captured the championship game to complete a run of five straight elimination-round wins, Berg was nodding his head over the Outlaws putting the perfect exclamation on their fall season.
When any loss meant they would go home, the Outlaws stayed all day, beating the PA Strikers Gold 16U, 8-0; South Jersey Gators Elite, 7-1; Delaware Cobras Showcase, 4-2; New Jersey Rampage, 10-0; and New Jersey Sparks, 4-1.
It came just one day after the Outlaws weren’t happy with the way they played while going 1-2 – beating the Pennsbury Gems Black, 4-2, in between a 2-0 loss to the PA Strikers Gold and a 5-4 loss to the Delaware Magic 18U.
But that kind of adversity was exactly what the Outlaws needed because they came back focused on Sunday with hitting, fielding, pitching and, yes, gutty play. It combined for one of those days that go among the favorites in the memory bank.
The Outlaws finished 28-4-1 over seven tournaments in the fall, playing at the 18U level with both Class of 2019 (Emma Bachman, Elyssa Bohr, Nicole Cerasi, Amanda Gonzalez and Amelia Johnson) and 2020 prospects (Haylei Archer, Megan Berg, Alexa Blue, Alex Haley, Abbi Markee, Julia Mayernik, Ashlynne Scardino, Madison Sisz, Gigi Venizelos and Abby Zucatti).
One of the first points the Jersey Outlaws Premier coaches made after the Nightmare October Fest Showcase on Sunday was to praise the contributions up and down their team’s lineup and across the pitching staff.
Quality play is contagious.
A team doesn’t get off to a 22-2-1 start without having its depth shine through regularly, as the Outlaws’ did in the rain-shortened October Fest. They went 3-0 by defeating the Burlington Sting Gold, 4-1, Connecticut Eliminators Showcase, 9-1, and Long Island Pride Gold, 4-2.
In the pulsating nightcap, the Outlaws overcame a 2-1 deficit with a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth on RBIs by Megan Berg and Gigi Venizelos. Haylei Archer earned the win in relief of Amanda Gonzalez, who worked the first five innings.
The Outlaws wrap up their fall campaign next weekend at the Blue Chip Fall Finale in Voorhees.
It felt great to go the distance. Bracket final. Sunday afternoon. Seven innings. A game over two hours long.
This was softball.
If Jersey Outlaws Premier was going to have its 18-game unbeaten streak end, this was the right way. The Outlaws made it to their bracket final at the Outlaws East Coast Showdown before falling 5-3 to NJ Heist Gold. It was against the same talented pitcher and opponent whom coach Dan Berg’s squad beat 2-0 to open the tournament on Saturday.
Overall, the Outlaws went 3-1-1, also defeating Rock Gold Waye/Gaskill, 6-2 (a fun Abbi Markee vs. Hailei Markee sister matchup), tying New Jersey Venom Coladonato, 2-2, and beating Outlaws Fastpitch from Pennsylvania, 8-1.
In the final, the Outlaws fell behind 2-0 to the Heist, scored three times to take the lead and then lost, 5-3. It ended a strong stretch of play in which they went 17-0-1 and left them at 19-2-1, thrilled to be playing strong 18U competition and in exhilarating games.
The textbook called for getting one out. Jersey Outlaws Premier didn’t see it that way.
The batter lays down a beautiful sacrifice bunt. Catcher Alex Haley pounces out after the ball only to give way to charging third baseman Nicole Cerasi, who fields it and fires to second baseman Gigi Venizelos covering first. Venizelos stays alert after making the out and sees the base runner who moved to second was trying to sneak to third. Shortstop Megan Berg is already there, however, and Venizelos fires to third for Berg to catch, drop the tag and end the inning.
A double play and pitcher’s best friend the unconventional way.
Three college coaches were there watching the game at the Team NJ/Rock Fall Showcase, impressed by the Outlaws’ disciplined play. The Outlaws kept the momentum going, too, finishing 4-0 on the weekend for their third straight undefeated tournament. They topped South Jersey Mystics Elite 18U and Witches Showcase by identical 8-0 scores, Jersey Flames Gold, 6-3, and Connecticut Charmers Gold, 4-0, to improve to 16-1 this fall.
The offense has clicked with over seven runs per game and the pitchers have been exceptional with their command and poise. But the Outlaws also have surrendered two or fewer runs 13 times because of their excellence on defense. It shined over the weekend, when infielders were racing to bloopers that could have dropped in or the athletic outfielders were plugging the gaps to keep the few hits harmless.
The Outlaws coaches work the defense relentlessly throughout practices. There’s good reason why.
It’s full steam ahead in the Jersey Outlaws Premier season that is off to a successful start this fall. However, the returning Outlaws players and coaches were afforded the chance to look back and reflect on how well their team played last season.
In the recent U.S. National Club Rankings announced for the 2016 season, the Outlaws finished as the 61st-best 14U team in the nation. Over 600 club teams were ranked from an estimated 3,000-plus 14 teams, and manager Dan Berg’s team, which played the 2016 season as Jersey Outlaws Elite, was one of only three Northeast teams in the top 65. Many of the top-ranked teams were second-year teams, although the Outlaws were a first-year 14U team.
Haylei Archer, Megan Berg, Alexa Blue, Abbi Markee, Julia Mayernik, Ashlynne Scardino, Madison Sisz, Gigi Venizelos and Abby Zucatti have returned from last year’s team and Emma Bachman, Elyssa Bohr, Nicole Cerasi, Amanda Gonzalez, Alex Haley and Amelia Johnson have joined this season. Now that the Outlaws are playing on the 18U level, they’re hoping it will be onward and upward this season.
Dan Berg can’t seem to put his finger on it. It’s on the tip of his tongue, but he just can’t fully define it. He settles on the “it” factor.
Laura Archer, she probably has a word for it. Maybe. Brian Sisz, Mark Mayernik and Robin Blue, too. Almost, but not quite.
It’s been so hard for the Jersey Outlaws Premier coaches to pinpoint the exact word because it’s so uncanny. So uncanny how their new team has fit together right from the start. Fifteen strong, all working together to be the best they can both on and off the field. When one person makes a mistake, everyone else is there to bail her out.
Even the veteran Outlaws coaches have to be surprised their team is off to a 12-1 start on the 18U level – a young group that put together its second straight 5-0 weekend, this time at the Xtreme Dimensions Fall Showcase this weekend. They beat the Pennsbury Gems 18U Black, 10-2, the NJ Fight, 8-1, the South Jersey Rebels Gold, 8-1, the South Jersey Thunder, 10-1, and then the USA Lady Hawks Gold, 14-1, with a season-high run total for the young campaign.
The players talk as if they have been together for years. Some have, some haven’t. But it’s so hard to tell which ones. It’s simply the “it” factor.
Their tournament ended with two small numbers – 2-1. A crisp, tight championship game in the 18U Coral Division championship game at the Pink Tournament.
But there wasn’t anything small about what members of Jersey Outlaws Premier did on Sunday. The two wins and appearance in the final reflected their readiness for a high level of competition. Even better, all 15 players fundraised and contributed $150 each - $2,250 overall – to the tournament’s worthy cause, breast cancer research.
The Outlaws played in the stronger of the two 18U brackets. They trailed in their first two games before rallying to beat Central Jersey Lightning Mido, 2-1, and Pennsbury Gems Gold, 9-2. In the competitive final, the Jersey Bandits edged the Outlaws by scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh inning.
It was an encouraging start to the fall season for an Outlaws squad that’s already put in a lot of hard work under manager Dan Berg and coaches Laura Archer, Brian Sisz, Mark Mayernik and Robin Blue.