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2017 Babe Ruth Softball 14U and 16U World Series Champions

Do you enjoy being at the ballpark watching talented, excited athletes vying for the thrill of success, hitting in the winning run, making that perfect throw or congratulating a teammate after scoring a run.  Well this love of the game was shared by thousands of people who travelled to Jensen Beach/Stuart, Florida to attend the 2017 Babe Ruth Softball World Series. 

Vineland Pigtail 14U All-Stars Win National Title in Babe Ruth Softball

Vineland, New Jersey captured the 14U national title with a 2-0 win over Longwood, Florida.

“I have nothing but pure happiness for these girls,” manager Bob Dickenson said.  “This moment has been three years in the making.  We kept this group together.  They put in the hard work to get better and here we are, World Series champions.”

Champion Vineland 14Starting pitcher Nicole Ortega put together a masterful performance in the title game, scattering three hits and striking out 12.  Ortega won the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament. 

“It’s just unbelievable, no words can describe it right now, it’s just the best feeling,” Ortega said shortly after the title celebration.

Vineland pushed across two runs in the third inning.  Emma Barbera tripled to the left-center field alley, scoring Jailyn Pumell with the go-ahead run.  Brooke Dickenson followed with a groundout that scored Barbera.

That was plenty of offensive support for the left-handed Ortega, who didn’t allow a runner past second base.  “Ortega is a gamer,” Dickenson said.  “I told her before the game I need that beast mode and that she needs to put this team on her back.  That’s exactly what she did.  When we got those two runs, I felt at ease.  I know Nic wasn’t going to let them back in the game.”

Vineland’s defense cut down a Longwood runner at home plate on a great throw by center fielder Ariana Torres in the fourth inning.  “That’s a huge momentum-swaying play,” Dickenson said.

2017 BABE RUTH SOFTBALL 14U - All WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

 

Nicole Ortega

Vineland, NJ

 

Maggie Sylvester

Barrington, NH

 

Taylor Bias

Longwood, FL

 

Alexis Graves

JPRD West, LA

 

Brooke Taylor

JPRD West, LA

 

Brooke Taylor

JPRD West, LA

 

Skyler Dubreuil

JPRD West, LA

 

Sarah Diemer

Longwood, FL

 

Jaycee Malone

Angola, IN

 

Loralie Ellerby

Longwood, FL

 

Taylor Beurrier

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Kalia LaTerra

Jensen Beach, FL

 

Hannah Marien

Longwood, FL

 

Colleen Thompson

Upper Rogue, OR

 

Regina Fletcher

JPRD West, LA

 

Mackenzie Joslin

Vineland, NJ

 

Makenna Harris

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Nicole Ortega

Vineland, NJ

 

Carissa Eides

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Allison Ditmars

Angola, IN

Most Outstanding Player - Nicole Ortega (Vineland, NJ)  Batting Champion - Makenna Harris (Treasure Coast, FL)

Sportsmanship Award: Sikeston, MO; Treasure Cosat, FL; Upper Rogue, OR; and Barrington, NH


Jensen Beach Wildcats Softball Team Wins Babe Ruth World Series

World Series Host Jensen Beach, Florida’s 16U softball team fell one game shy of playing for a Babe Ruth Softball World Series title a year ago. 

Nothing stopped them this season!

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The Wildcats completed a seven-game steamroll by defeating the East Beaufort, North Carolina All-Stars 9-1 in the World Series championship game at Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach.

“The girls actually sent the coaching staff away before the game and had a little pow-wow to talk about their composure and how they were going to be in this game and operation,” Jensen Beach Coach Mike Cusimano said.  “They just did a great job.”

Cammeo Presutti’s two-run double with two outs in the first inning got the Wildcats going.

The two-out hits kept coming.  Jillian Crosby added a two-run single in the third, and Emily MacMullen followed with a run-scoring double in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

“These girls have no give-up in them,” Cusimano said.  “Two outs, one out, no outs,Wildcats 3 it doesn’t matter.  They see their spots and know they’re going to drive balls.  We are an extremely aggressive-hitting team.”

A three-run fifth inning – long before there were two outs this time – offered more proof.  Janel Aponte hit a run-scoring double and scored on Megan Ballash’s single.  Ballash scored on Sarah Kirby’s one-out single.  Layne Chesney’s RBI double in the sixth inning closed the scoring.

East Beaufort had won six previous games by a combined score of 69-20, including a 8-7 win against JPRD West (Louisiana) in the semifinals, but was outhit 16-2 in the championship game.

MacMullen finished 3-for-4 and pitched a two-hitter for Jensen Beach.  “I feel so great right now,” she said.

2017 BABE RUTH SOFTBALL 16U - All WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

 

Kathleen Slade

East Beaufort, NC

 

Taylor Murphy

Barren County, KY

 

Rebecca Williams

East Beaufort, NC

 

Logan Jefferson

East Beaufort, NC

 

Emily MacMullen

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Teagan Pilgreen

East Beaufort, NC

 

Layne Chesney

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Rebecca Williams

East Beaufort,

 

Olivia Black

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Ally Firmin

JPRD West, LA

 

Cammeo Presutti

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Rachael Norwood

Port Orange, FL

 

Sonya Merritt

Barren County, KY

 

Megan Ballash

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Destiny Shipley

JPRD West, LA

 

Caitlyn McLeod

Treasure Coast, FL

 

Kaylee Elks

East Beaufort, NC

 

Sarah Kirby

Treasure Coast, FL

 

 

 

 

Megan Sherfey

Barren County, KY

Most Outstanding Player - Emily MacMullen (Treasure Coast, FL)  Batting Champion - Kathleen Slade (East Beaufort, NC)

Sportsmanship Award: Buffalo, WY; Stafford, VA; Port Orange, FL; Vineland, NJ

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