Heuvelton Central’s outstanding tradition in Girls Softball would appear to be in good hands well into the future.
Heuvelton’s two entries in the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Girls Softball program, the AmVets and Northern Pump Service, both had solid seasons and the AmVets completed a sweep of championships by winning the playoff tournament on Saturday at the Cliff Montroy Youth Athletic Complex.
The AmVets downed Julie’s Dance Studio 15-6 in the championship while Source Capital-Parkway of Lisbon trimmed DeFelsko 7-4 in the consolation game.
In an awards ceremony which followed the AmVets received trophies and medals and Julie’s Dance Studio and Source Capital received medals.
A new award established this season saw one player from each team receive a Most Improved Player Award.
Recognized for their efforts were: Megan Woodard of the Heuvelton AmVets, Lindsay Barnett of Northern Pump Services, Julia L’Orange of DeFelsko, Emily Farrell of the Ladies of the Moose, Destiny Nugent of Julie’s Dance Studio and Natalie Kroeger of Source Capital-Parkway.
Following the game Kiwanis Baseball Commissioner Larry Mitchell spoke of the dedication of involved in the program from the players to the volunteer coaches and to the umpires.
“I don’t know too many college students who be at Relay for Life all night, then go home and mow the grass, go to Phillips Diner for breakfast and then come here and umpire here all day,” said Mitchell who cited the work of Kiwanis Softball Commission Angel Maroney who also coordinates the Kiwanis Youth Soccer program.
“But that is what Jordan Fifield did. I want to thank all the umpires, the volunteer coaches and volunteers in the concession stand who allow us to keep the registration fee at $15.”
Heuvelton AmVets 15 - 6: Molly Williams struck out eight and Rayna Cameron fanned three batters for the AmVets who turned back a seventh inning rally by Julie’s.
Williams also belted a homerun and singled in the winning offense which also included a double by Megan Woodard who supplied a webgem caliber play at firstbase to snag a high throw, three singles by Adriana Vinch, two singles by Cameron and singles by Grace Mills who blocked several low pitches behind the plate and Amber Cunningham.
“The girls had a great season losing only one game,” said AmVets Coach Tony Williams.
“I want to thank the Kiwanis for allowing our team to play in this league. It means a lot and Larry Mitchell of Kiwanis is one the greatest volunteers ever.”
Lily Crofut and Rileigh Hough doubled for Julie’s Dance Studio and Samara LaFlair, Olivia Roberts and Elizabeth Lemke added singles.
Sierra LaFlair, Hailey Reed and Taylor Bell all saw action on the mound.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking second place,” said Julie’s Coach Jim Bell to his team.
“The important thing is that we made the championship game. I am very proud of you.”