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August 1, 2008:

2008 RECAP

MATT MAUPIN INVITATIONAL

Defending their 2007 Championship title the Storm once again faced the Columbus Big Katz in the final game. After a rough first inning the Storm gives up 5 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks. The deficit was too much and the Storm go down 7-5. End result Storm finishes 2nd.

SCHAUMBURG INVITATIONAL

The Storm finish pool play at 3-1. The only loss came to Top Tier after a blown 5 run lead in the next to last inning. Of 28 tournament teams, the Storm tied for 1st with the best record but did not advance due to a runs allowed tie breaker. The Championship round was rained out in this event. Still a very strong showing by the Storm. End result Storm tied 1st on record, 10th via tie breaker.

BEST OF THE MIDWEST

30 teams participated at this great event and the Storm finished pool play as the #1 seed heading into the Championship bracket. The semi-final matched the Storm against the Schaumburg Seminoles National team. Once again, a rough start put the Storm in a big hole. The Storm battled back and out hit the Seminoles but go on to lose 9-6. WIth 5 errors and 13 men left on base ( 3X with bases loaded) the Storm could not get it done. Kudos to the Seminoles for turning several double plays to stop rallies. End result Storm finishes 3rd.

BCS REGIONAL

22 of the toughest teams in the midwest competed at this event. The Storm played very well in pool play going 3-1 but missed out on being pool winner due to a tiebraker. 12 teams make it to the Championship round and the Storm earns a #5 seed, the best seed after the pool winners. However, the Storm loses to the St. Louis Gamers Blue 9-2. Slippery field conditions, errors, and a devastating 6' 5" LHP from the Gamers resulted in a poor performance by the Storm team. End result Storm finishes 9th.

AAU Division 1 Junior Olympic Games

Competition was good at the games held in Detroit. The Storm held there own in every game even though injuries and other factors sidelined many players which left the Storm patched up. The highlight was that the Storm was the only team to beat the champion MGBA Eagles in the event by a score of 5-0. End result Storm finishes 6th.

For a complete history of all our accomplishments, including one National Runner-Up title, check out our TROPHY CASE




June 18, 2007:

Storm wins USSSA Ohio State Major

The Storm won the Ohio State USSSA Major title the weekend of 6/14 - 6/18. Once again the Storm beat a very tough Columbus Big Katz team 7-5 in the semi-final and then shutdown the Ohio Heat 11-3 in the Championship game. The Storm faced both of these teams in the semi-final and final in the Matt Maupin tournament earlier. Outstanding hitting and pitching over 6 games made the Storm too much to handle. The only loss came to a solid Stars Baseball team from Parma. Congratulations, you are the best USSSA Major team in the state of Ohio!



May 31, 2007:

Storm wins Matt Maupin Invitational
The Storm went undefeated (6-0) and won the Matt Maupin Invitational the weekend of 5/25-5/28. The Storm beat a very tough Ohio Heat team 10-6 in the semi-final and then shutdown the Columbus Big Katz 8-3 in the Championship game only giving up 2 hits to the Katz. All players did such an outstanding job offensively and defensively that a tournament MVP would be hard to select.



April 24, 2006:

Storm wins Cherokee Classic
The Storm won the Cherokee Classic in Knoxville, TN the weekend of 4/22-4/23. After beating the talented Knoxville Xtreme 3-2 in a great pool play matchup, the Storm faced the Xtreme again in the Championship game. Even though the Storm gave up a 370 ft 2 run HR in the 1st, and a 355 ft 3 run HR in the 4th ( to the same player no less ), it was not enough to contain the Storm offense. Storm wins 11 - 7.



February 19, 2006:

Storm goes undefeated at Sinclair
The Storm went undefeated at the Sinclair College Indoor tournament held Feb 18-19. The Storm beat a very good McHenry County team from Chicago on day one, then over-powered their opponents in the last 2 games on Sunday. While only indoor baseball, the Storm displayed great hitting & pitching for so early in the year. Hopefully this strong start will indicate great success for the upcoming season.


January 31, 2006:

Mizuno Sponsors Storm
Mizuno USA has selected the Storm to represent them in Cincinnati. This is an honor as no other youth baseball team in Cincinnati will be sponsored. We are excited to be part of an organization that includes great major leaguers such as Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen, Todd Helton, and John Smoltz.

Along with a generous sponsorship from John Hill Construction, apparel and first class training facilities from FAMILY Christian Stores, and training facilities from Crescent Park Corporation not only will we look sharp but we will be prepared for some great baseball in 2006.

Read more about our sponsors on our Storm Sponsors Page



July 26, 2005:

A great 2005 season
Congratulations on a great 2005 season. The Storm won two tournaments, placed second in another, finished 3-1 in the USSSA Elite North Regional (and along the way handed the Champions Lynwood Lightning their only loss in a 2-0 shutout), and finished 5th in the BPA World Series. In the BPA, the Storm lost the opening game to the defending champions Indiana Buzz and could not make it all the way back out of the loser's bracket. Neverless a good finish in a tough tournament.



June 23, 2005:

Storm heads to BPA World Series
By finishing 3rd in the qualifying tournament, the Storm earned a reimbursed bid to the BPA World Series to be held in Michigan City, Indian July 19-24. The Storm lost to the Maderia Hurricanes in the semi-final by a score of 4-1. Entering the 6th inning in a 1-1 game of great pitching and defense, the Hurricanes got a break by scoring on a routine ground ball that decided to take a right turn. In the bottom of the 7th, the Storm put their first two batters on base with solid hits up the middle, but could not score. Although losing, the Storm played great baseball over the weekend outscoring their opponents 29-14.

Great job guys!



May 3, 2005:

Storm wins USSSA sanctional
The Storm won their second tournament of the season this past weekend. Playing in & hosting the SWOL USSSA Elite Major sanctional resulted in tired players & parents due to the weather conditions, but once again the Storm came from behind in the last inning to win it all. Due to a rain-shortened Saturday, the Storm started off against the Sluggers in game #1. The Sluggers did not display their talent and let the Storm cruise to a 13-3 victory. Game #2 versus the very talented Cincinnati Tomahawks required a little help and a big 6th inning towards posting a 10-7 win. Next came the Fury in game #3. Even though the Storm matched the Fury in hits, they could not string hits together and committed several mental mistakes which allowed the Fury a 7-3 victory. The final game versus the Steelers proved to be a thriller. The Storm out hit the Steelers 11 to 6 but it was a 1-1 tie going into the 5th. A dropped ball by the pitcher resulted in a balk and a 2-1 lead for the Steelers. The Storm fought back with 2 runs to take a lead but the Steelers came right back to tie in the the 6th and then go ahead 4-3 in the 7th. In their final at bat, the Storm loaded the bases with no outs and big John Lloyd lined one into left center for 2 runs and the win.

Congratulations Storm on your 10th tournament championship!



April 11, 2005:

Storm takes 2nd at Vance Link Classic
The Storm returned to Knoxville to compete in the Vance Link Classic. The Storm opened game #1 against the Knox Yard (Grivetti) and belted out 5 runs in the first inning. Shell-shocked, Grivetti's team goes down 7-4. Game #2 matched the Storm against Knox Yard - McConkey. The Storm hung tight in a 1-0 game after 3 innings, but the Yard busted out with 6 runs all of which occurred with 2 outs. Facing one of the best pitchers ever seen, the Storm could only muster 2 hits and lost 10-1. Ending the day against the Greeneville Marlins, the Storm rallied for 3 runs in the 5th to seal the game 6-4. Sunday began the day against the Knoxville Stars. Both teams entered the game at 2-1 and were vying for a spot in the championship game. The Storm came out on fire with 6 runs in the 1st and held on for an 8-4 win. Facing McConkey's Yard team in the Championship, the Storm scrapped to hang on but with bad hops, a couple bad calls, and hard liners taken away, the Storm lost again 10-2. This Yard team may be the best in Tennessee.

All in all a great weekend for the Storm and a Tournament Runner-Up title!



March 21, 2005:

Storm wins USSSA N.I.T.
The Storm headed to Knoxville this past weekend to do battle in the Smoky Mountain Roundup. The opening game was against the Bluegrass Stars and the Storm got the job done in a 7-0 win to kick off the 2005 season. Up next came the Indiana Pony Xpress. The Storm had not been on a baseball diamond prior to the tournament and it showed in this game. Even though the Storm out-hit their opponent, they gave away 6 outs in the second inning in route to a 6-2 loss. The final game of the day would be against league rival Indiana Bandits. The Storm had to win to stay in the title hunt and they did just that by playing a near flawless game and winning 10-3. Sunday provided great excitement as the Storm did battle with the Knoxville Yard for the championship in the final game of the day. The Storm scored 4 runs in the top of the first but quickly gave them all back in the bottom of the inning. Scoring another 7 in the second put the score to 11-4 but the Yard would bounce back to make it 11-8 after three innings. However, the Storm prevailed and closed out the game 12-8.

Congratulations to players, parents, and coaches on a great weekend and another tournament championship!


June 28, 2004:

STORM DOES IT AGAIN!
The Cincinnati Storm won their 4th tournament of the 2004 season by defeating, once again, the Madeira Hurricanes by a score of 7 - 5 in a stunning come from behind win to win the USSSA qualifier.

The team went 4-0 for the weekend before facing off with the Hurricanes and was capped off by 2 shutout innings of no hit baseball to seal the title. Way to go guys!

On behalf of the Storm, we wish to thank all the teams who participated, and the parents, grand-parents & friends who came to watch this weekend's games. Thank you in helping to make the event a huge success.

A BIG special thanks goes out to Tracy Jones for his time & effort in putting together a workshop for the boys on Sunday morning!

Thanks Tracy!


June 28, 2004:

STORM CREATES HAVOC!
The Cincinnati Storm won their 3rd tournament of the season by destroying the Lebanon Warriors in the final game of the Ohio Outlaws Spring Classic. The Storm run ruled the Warriors 11 - 1 in five innings in a masterful effort. The Storm pitchers allowed only 2 hits and were supported by great defense as well. Great job!


May 17, 2004:

STORM CAPTURES YET ANOTHER TITLE!
The Cincinnati Storm won their 2nd tournament of the 2004 season by defeating once again the Madeira Hurricanes 12 - 1 to win the CABA qualifier held at Rose Lawn Park.

The team went 3-1 and pushing their tournament record this season to 10 - 2. The Storm played fantastic baseball all weekend and one game was closed out by a triple play made by second baseman Andrew Wallace. Way to go Storm!


April 19, 2004:

STORM CAPTURE TITLE!
The Cincinnati Storm won their 1st tournament of the 2004 season by defeating the Madeira Hurricanes 8 - 2 to win the Waterworks Pre-season tournament sponsored by the Fairfield Chiefs.

The team went 5-1 over the weekend to bring home the "BIG" hardware. The tournament had 16 different teams entered from SW Ohio and the baseball and the weather couldn't have been any better. The Storm faced an uphill battle before the very first pitch because of earlier injuries to 2 of our starting pitchers, but the team found the way to do the impossible and win the championship.

Every player on the team put it all together this weekend. From key hitting, outstanding pitching performances, and great error free baseball.

Congrats to the Storm and just keep winning "BABY"!


Mar 28, 2004:

GREAT TRIP TO KNOXVILLE!
Today the Storm completed a very successful road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee and went 3-1 in tournament action in the Rocky Top Blast 12U Tournament. Each player on the team had their shining moments on the mound, clutch hitting and great defense. Although we fell 2 runs short of making it to the Championship Game, no one should hang their heads, it was a great weekend! What a great feeling to go down and play baseball against teams who have been playing for a while this season and have such great success.


Mar 19, 2004:

STORM ARE RANKED #1 IN OHIO!
Today the Storm are pleased to announce that we are the pre- season 12U, #1 ranked team in Ohio as declared by usasportsrankings.com.

This is a great accomplishment for the entire team and congratulations to all!