The Lionville Lightning 12U Gold took 3rd pace out of 12 teams participating in the 4th Annual Lauren's Diabeater's Softball Tournament played at B. Earl Druckenmiller Park on April 8-9, 2017. In Saturday pool play, after a tight 1 run loss to the DB Inferno to start pool play on Saturday in which the Lightning's Megan Smith pitched a no-hitter, the Lightning 12U Gold finished the day strong beating the Skippack Stars 15-3 in total team effort with runs scored by 10 players including Maura McGraw (3), Carlie Chylack (2), Steph Alessandro (1), Joella Seese (1), Molly Delio (2), Alexis Allen (2), Kayla Williams (1), Emma Adams (1), Mavica Mendez (1) and Alexa Bojko (1).
In the first game on Sunday, the Lightning kept up where it left off on Saturday beating the Skippack Stars 11-0 behind a no-hitter pitched by the Lightning's Alexis Allen and multiple hit games by Carlie Chylack, Steph Alessandro and Mavica Mendez. The Lightning then beat the PA Panthers 5-3 in an exciting 6 inning extra inning game with great pitching by Megan Smith (12 Ks), clutch hitting, aggressive base running and solid defense highlighted by a 1-3-2 double play turned by Joella Seese to Molly Delio to erase the potential winning run at home in the bottom of the 5th inning to force extra innings.
In the Semis, the Lightning went down fighting against the PA Strikers 2005 8-3 lead by 2 hits from Maura McGraw and a tremendous double by Emma Adams.
Congratulations to the Lionville Lightning 12U Gold on the 3rd place finish!!
Kneeling left to right: Alexa Bojko, Maura McGraw, Steph Alessandro, Kayla Williams, Joella Seese, Alexis Alen
Standing left to right: Chris Allen, Carlie Chylack, Mavica Mendez, Molly Delio, Megan Smith, Emma Adams, Bob Smith and Ed Delio (Mike Mendez absent from the photo)