Lady Pioneers ’05 collect tourney hardware


By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



Members of the Lady Pioneers ’05 squad pose with the championship trophy from the Upper Arlington Softball Revolution Tournament held July 11-12 at Upper Arlington’s Nortram Park. Front row from left are: Evan Platfoot, Kirston Dolby, Lily Walker and Ambrionna Miller; second row: Hayla Francis, Allson Byerly, Natalie Zabloudil, Abby Harrington, Brooke Mannon, Brittney Neer and Shanna Higgins; third row: Coach Kevin Mannon, Coach AJ Walker and Coach Joe Higgins.

Members of the Lady Pioneers ’05 squad pose with the championship trophy from the Upper Arlington Softball Revolution Tournament held July 11-12 at Upper Arlington’s Nortram Park. Front row from left are: Evan Platfoot, Kirston Dolby, Lily Walker and Ambrionna Miller; second row: Hayla Francis, Allson Byerly, Natalie Zabloudil, Abby Harrington, Brooke Mannon, Brittney Neer and Shanna Higgins; third row: Coach Kevin Mannon, Coach AJ Walker and Coach Joe Higgins.


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The Lady Pioneers ’05 squad finished second in the New Albany Tournament July 18-19. Front row from left are: Kirsten Dolby and Shanna Higgins; second row: Abby Harrington, Hayla Francis, Evan Platfoot, Brittney Neer, Natalie Zabloudil, Brooke Mannon and Allison Byerly; third row: Coach AJ Walker, Coach Kevin Mannon and Coach Joe Higgins.


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The Lady Pioneers ’05 travel softball team is having an enjoyable summer despite the soggy weather that’s plagued Central Ohio.

The squad recently had strong showings in back-to-back weekends, winning one tournament and placing second in the other.

The Lady Pioneers ’05 team went undefeated in the 10U Division of the Upper Arlington Softball Revolution Tournament July 11-12, earning the championship trophy. On Saturday it defeated the Dublin Rocks, 11-1 in the opening round of pool play. Next up was a close 4-3 win over the Knockouts. Then after a big win 11-1 victory over the Springfield Bandits, the Lady Pioneers were named the No. 1 seed for Sunday’s bracket play single-elimination tournament.

Sunday’s first game was an 11-4 win over Dublin Dynamite, then another hard-fought victory, this time in extra innings 5-4 over the Knockouts, earning it a spot in the championship game against Ohio Glory ’04. The Pioneers came away with an 3-0 win.

New Albany Tournament

The Lady Pioneers ’05 reached the championship game of the the New Albany Tournament July 18-19, but was denied a second tournament championship in two weeks, as it finished in second place.

The team started off with two pool play wins on Saturday against the Jaguars 8-0 and LC Lightning 7-4. The Lady Pioneers ’05 went straight into the first round of bracket play, topping the Central Ohio Lady Vipers 12-1.

On Sunday, the first game was a semifinal against Central Ohio Ice. The Lady Pioneers pulled off the victory 11-10 in extra innings, advancing it to the championship game against Fast Wizards Legacy ’04. The team played with a lot of heart in the final but just couldn’t get things going and lost 11-0.

Tryouts

The 10u Lady Pioneers ’05 team will be holding tryouts Monday, Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jonathan Alder Junior High Softball field. The rain date will be Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m.

If you are unable to make this tryout date or have any questions please contact AJ Walker at 614-679-3402 or by email at walkertexasranger626@yahoo.com.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

Members of the Lady Pioneers ’05 squad pose with the championship trophy from the Upper Arlington Softball Revolution Tournament held July 11-12 at Upper Arlington’s Nortram Park. Front row from left are: Evan Platfoot, Kirston Dolby, Lily Walker and Ambrionna Miller; second row: Hayla Francis, Allson Byerly, Natalie Zabloudil, Abby Harrington, Brooke Mannon, Brittney Neer and Shanna Higgins; third row: Coach Kevin Mannon, Coach AJ Walker and Coach Joe Higgins.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/07/web1_Lady-pioneer-05-Upper-arlington.jpgMembers of the Lady Pioneers ’05 squad pose with the championship trophy from the Upper Arlington Softball Revolution Tournament held July 11-12 at Upper Arlington’s Nortram Park. Front row from left are: Evan Platfoot, Kirston Dolby, Lily Walker and Ambrionna Miller; second row: Hayla Francis, Allson Byerly, Natalie Zabloudil, Abby Harrington, Brooke Mannon, Brittney Neer and Shanna Higgins; third row: Coach Kevin Mannon, Coach AJ Walker and Coach Joe Higgins. Courtesy photo

The Lady Pioneers ’05 squad finished second in the New Albany Tournament July 18-19. Front row from left are: Kirsten Dolby and Shanna Higgins; second row: Abby Harrington, Hayla Francis, Evan Platfoot, Brittney Neer, Natalie Zabloudil, Brooke Mannon and Allison Byerly; third row: Coach AJ Walker, Coach Kevin Mannon and Coach Joe Higgins.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/07/web1_lady-pioneer-new-albany.jpgThe Lady Pioneers ’05 squad finished second in the New Albany Tournament July 18-19. Front row from left are: Kirsten Dolby and Shanna Higgins; second row: Abby Harrington, Hayla Francis, Evan Platfoot, Brittney Neer, Natalie Zabloudil, Brooke Mannon and Allison Byerly; third row: Coach AJ Walker, Coach Kevin Mannon and Coach Joe Higgins. Courtesy photo

By Chris Miles

cmiles@civitasmedia.com

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