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Steve Markie
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Monday, June 25
14U Tigers Win Devens College Showcase

June 25, 2018

The Tigers began the weekend with a 6-1 victory over the Lady Mavericks from Maine on Friday night.  On Saturday the Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the RI Fire and Ice before the rains hit and ended the game early.  After a slight rain delay the Tigers lost a very close competitive  game to the Southern Maine Flame Black 4-3 before dropping their final game of the day to the SHOW team 5-2 in rainy wet conditions.  After going 2-2 in the first 4 games, the Tigers jumped all MXB by scoring 5 runs in the first inning and going on to win 16-1 in 3 innings.  In game 2 the Tigers would face the host team the Polar Crush.  Again, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead and scored 3 runs in the first inning and were able to hold on for a 4-1 victory.  In the semi-finals the Tigers would face their toughest competition of the season in the R.I. Rebels.  They found themselves down 1 after 2 innings but found a way to scratch 2 runs across and have a lead going into the later innings.  The Rebels tied the game at 2 and the game would then go to the international tie breaker.  In the tie breaker the Tigers would plate 2 runs in the top half of the inning and go on to win 4-2.  In the finals the Tigers would get 3 straight hits to start the game only to have the rains come with them leading 2-0 in the top of the first inning.  The game was called and the Tigers were declared CO-CHAMPIONS with the Tri-Town Diamonds.  Congrats girls on a great weekend of softball!!!!


Sunday, July 16
2018 PONY Nationals

Day 1

Today the Tigers played 3 games in the 14U Nationals.  In game #1 they faced the Leesburg Revolution.  After an early back and forth game the Revolution took a 5-3 lead over the Tigers.  In the later innings the Revolution added on 2 insurance runs and went on to victory 7-3.  In game #2 the Tigers faced the Delco Diamonds Red.  This game started the way the 1st game ended with the Tigers starting off slow and getting behind going into the later innings. After getting the score to 4-2 a 2 out bases loaded error led to the Tigers tying the game.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd Nicole DesRoches (who would later score) lined a double to CF scoring 2 runs and the Tigers were now on top.  The game finished with a Tigers 7-4 victory.  In the final game of the day the Tigers would jump out to an early lead over the NJ Gators.   Holding a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the 6th the Tigers would give up 4 runs and trail now by 1 going into the final inning.  A triple by Ali Tellier and a ground out by Sam Shemanskis would tie the game going to the final frame.  After an error to lead off the inning Ali Tellier would get the final 3 outs and the Tigers would finish the day 1-1-1

Day 2

Today the Tigers played the Bombers White and lost a 5-3 game.  The game started with some sloppy play by the Tigers and Kayla Oriola almost pitched out of a jam but an error with two outs and the bases loaded allowed the Bombers to score the first 2 runs of the contest.  After falling down 4-0 the Tigers came to life late in the game climbing back to 4-3 but just did not have enough to overcome a good CT. Bombers White team.

Day 3

Pool play has ended and on to elimination play.  In game one of the day the Tigers came out strong and built a 5-0 lead at the top of the 1st inning.  The Bombers Black came back and scored 5 runs in the bottom of the inning.  Back came the Tigers getting one run in the top of the 2nd only to see the Bombers score 1 in the bottom half of the inning.  In the 5th inning the Tigers would score a run but leave a few others on base.  That would be big as the Bombers started a 2 out rally in the bottom half of the 6th inning and scored both the tying and winning runs with bases hits.  The Tigers fell to 1-3-1 with the loss and now face the Slam in their next elimination game.   

In game two today the Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  The Tigers beat the Slam via the run ahead rule 12-0 in 3 innings.  Next up is a date with the Bahamas All-Stars.

Day 4

The Tigers started where they left off on Day 3 jumping all over the All-Stars in route to a 17-0 victory.  Great Pitching by Ali Tellier kept the All-Stars from having more then 1 runner all game.  Next up is the DB Inferno.

In game number 2 of the day, the Tigers again jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back.  The Inferno brought in a relief pitcher that slowed the Tigers offense down, but great pitching by Kayla Oriola kept the Inferno from scoring and the Tigers would have their third run ahead shut victory in a row 10-0.  Now the Tigers had to face one of the 2 number one seeds in the bracket in their final game of the day in order to advance to the Championship bracket on Wednesday.

In the final game of the Day again the Tigers would jump out to an early 3-0 first inning lead.  The Extreme Black would answer with one run in the bottom of the 1st to make it 3-1.  With 2 outs in the 2nd inning and runners on 2nd and third a thunderstorm would come and halt play for 3 hours.  When play resumed the Tigers would get a 2 out 2 strike base hit to RF from Sam Shemankskis to open up their lead 6-1.  The Extreme would score another run in the 3rd and the Tigers would answer with 2 more in the 6th inning to take a 8-2 lead.  The game ended when the Extreme had runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out.  A ball was hit to Sam S. who would tag out the lead runner and throw to 1st for a double play.  When the ball went to the circle the runner on 2nd would break for 3rd base only to be called out the look back rule essentially ending the game on a triple play!!!!  Tigers would now advance to Wednesday's championship play!!!

 Day 5

The Tiger team was once again the aggressor in the beginning of this game jumping out with 5 runs in the top of the 2nd inning.  The SCC SWAT would answer with 2 runs in the 4th inning making the game a close one going into the later innings.  In the bottom of the 6th inning the SWAT would send 10 people to plate and score 5 runs taking a 2 run lead into the final frame.  It was at this point the luck would run out for the Tigers as the strong SWAT pitcher would strike out the side in the final inning eliminating the Tigers from the PONY National tournament.  The Tigers would place 5th which is the best showing they have had in a National Tourmament in program history!!!!  Congrats to the girls on a GREAT week of softball!!!!! 

Friday, July 7
Teams information


The 2018 12U Tigers will play in 6 tournaments starting in April and run through June, one or two being indoors.  The teams will also play in the winter indoor league (10 games) in Bloomfield.  Cost will be $725.  This team will be coached by Sean Sweeney.  For more information please contact Steve @ or 860-490-8943.

The 2018 13U Team will be coached by Steve Markie (Newington High School Varsity Coach), Sean Sweeney (Windsor Locks Varsity Coach), and Chris DeJesus.  Team will play in one winter tournament and 6-7 summer tournaments. Cost to particpate is $850 per player.  Please email Steve at with any questions or for more information. 
The 2018 14U Team will be coached by Steve Markie (Newington High School Varsity Coach), Tom Verrengia (Former Head Coach at Conard High School), Ed Litos (Conard High School Assistant Coach), and Mike DesRoches.  Team will play in one winter tournament and 7 summer tournaments.  Cost to particpate is $875 per player.  Please email Steve at with any questions or for more information. 



The 2018 16U Team will be coached by Sean Sweeney (Windsor Locks High School Varsity Coach). Cost for this team is $650 for returning players and $750 for all new players (covers uniform cost).   Please contact Sean directly at

Friday, July 7
Typical Practice Timeline

Teams will begin practicing after the 1st of the year.  Teams typically practice on weekends Sat. and Sun. for 2 hours in the AM.  We ask that all players make every attempt to make every practice as this only helps in the development of the player as well as the success of the entire team.  We realize that players participate in outside sports and we support that, however the expectation is that players will only miss a very limited amount of practices out of season.

New this coming season, we will be implementing a strength and conditioning program that players will participate in once a week at practice.  These moves may be done outside of practice on your own as well. 



Friday, July 7
Playing in College
The Tigers coaches have had many players go on and participate in college softball.  If you are interested in playing softball beyond High School please let us know.  We have many contacts at the college level being high school coaches and we can help in the production of a college video that can be sent out to the college coaches of your choice.  This process is always good to begin early in the high school years in order to make contact with prospective college coaches.

Saturday, July 8
14U Southington Lightning Tournament
In week #1 the CT Tigers went 3-0 on Sat. and entered the weekend as the #2 seed.  On Sunday the Tigers came from behind to beat the Eliminators as Nevaeh Gaynor hit a walk off single to score the winning run.  In the semi's, the Tigers could not get anything going offensively and fell to the Southington Lightning.  4-1 the first weekend was a nice way to start the summer season!!!!

Saturday, July 8
College Showcase
The Tigers traveled to MA. to play in the annual college showcase tournament.  On Friday we failed to score many runs and lost both games.  On Sat. we were rained out of the first game and beaten by the RI Thunder in the 2nd game.  On Sunday the Tigers faced the Lady Knights from CT. and built an early lead.  Late in the game the Tigers still had a 2 run lead but some timely hitting by the Lady Knights tied the game in the final frame.  In the ITB the Tigers failed to score in their half of the inning only to see the Knights score and walk off winners in the bottom half of the inning.  Tough weekend going 0-4 but played some of the best competition we have seen all summer.

Saturday, July 8
Jungle Jamboree
In the 3rd tournament of the summer, the Tigers had a rough start on Sat. losing their 2 games (shortened due to rain).  On Sunday the Tigers as the 10 seed came out and won their first game to get the opportunity to play the 13U Tigers team as the #2 seed.  In the final inning the Tigers 14u team was able to score a run and win 5-4.  In the semi-finals the Tigers came out swinging and built a lead they would not let go of and finished off a very good Ridgefield Rebels team 8-4.  In the finals the Tigers saw a familiar foe in the CT. Hurricanes and coach Scott Aresco (Former Tiger Coach).  The game went back and forth with the Tigers holding a lead late in the game only to see the Hurricanes come from behind and win 10-8.  A long but hard faught weekend!!!!

Sunday, July 9
Wollcott Tournament
On Sat. the Tigers came out swinging!!!!  In the first game vs the Fury the Tigers had great pitching from Kayla Oriola and scored 10 runs in a 10-0 mercy win.  In game two the runs just kept coming as the Tigers scored 16 in a 3 inning victory over the Cheshire Flames Black.  In the final game of the day, the Tigers continued their hot swinging ways with a 19-3 victory over the Sting White!!!  On the day the Tigers tallied 6 home runs: Kayla Oriola, Sam Shemanskis, Lexi Nichols, Jordan Falotico, and Avery Theriault (2) each hit home runs!!!  As the #1 on Sunday the Tigers opened with a 10-3 victory over the Panthers from Pomperaug.  The game was close 3-3 until the fifth inning when the Tigers went on to score 7 runs.  In the semi-finals, the Tigers saw the same opponent they played in the finals last week the CT. Hurricanes.  The canes struck first with a run in the top of the 1st inning.  The Tigers scored when Sam Shemanskis hit a short pop up the landed behind 1st base in the 3rd inning scoring all three runners on base.  The game ended in a 3-1 victory for the Tigers.  Ali Tellier pitched one of the best games she has pitched in a Tigers uniform getting the victory.  In the Finals, the Tigers played the North Haven Pride.  In the bottom of the 1st the Tigers scored 3 runs on some timely hits.  Nobody would score until the Tigers got an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th inning on a double by Kayla Oriola that scored Nevaeh Gaynor from Second.  The game ended with Oriola striking out the final batter and the Tigers securing their second championship since the winter season!!!  Great pitching today by Oriola and Tellier was the difference in the tournament for the Tigers.  Next week the girls head to PONY Nationals to see how they do against some of the better teams in the NORTHEAST Region!!!!  Best of luck to the girls on their quest.

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