Tomahawks 16U: History

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Sunday, September 14
2013 - 2014 Season Summary
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Congrats to the 2013-14 summer team! They overcame a huge rash of injuries and illnesses to compile a 22-12-2 record which included winning the Belleville 16U/18U league and competing at the NSC Recruiting Tournament in Overland Park KS, Collinsville Extreme Tom Matysik Summer Classic, Kaskaskia College Round Robin Invitational, NSA MO/IL Bragging Rights Tournament, and the Scheels Midland Magic Summer Showcase.

Friday, January 1
Seasons Summary

2009-10 Season

This year's team is a completely new one as all of the initial players moved on to various 18U teams. They finished 7-5 in the Belleville fall league. Wayne Bendall returned as the head coach. New assistants are Jeff Ulery and Doug Elbe.

2008-09 Season

The 2008-09 season was another banner year for the 16U Tomahawks. They kicked things off by going undefeated in the Belleville fall league, scoring more runs and allowing fewer runs than any other team in the league. Their overall record for the year was 58-27 which culminated in another trip to the ASA Class A Northern Nationals where they went 4-2 and finished tied for 7th out of 64 teams. Team members were Danielle Rolla, Kristin Rolla, Maddie Borchers, Erica Wilson, Stephanie Shewmaker, Lauren Smith, Michelle Craddick, Lacy Gill, Brianna Butler, Jessi Holland (fall only), Alex Steinkoenig (fall only), Jessie Engel (fall only), Ali Trickey (summer only), Chelsea Weidauer (summer only) and Kelsey Barbeau (summer only). Many of these girls are seeing lots of interest from college recruiters and will no doubt be signing as they enter the signing period. Many thanks to all the girls for the tons of work they put into making the team such a success. We couldn't have done it without very supportive parents and our coaching staff comprised of Wayne Bendall, Darrell Butler, and Bob Craddick. Thanks for all the memories and best of luck to everyone in all their future endeavors.

2007-08 Season

During our inaugural season, including fall, winter and summer competition, the Tomahawks 16U team played approximately 90 games. During the summer season alone, the team won 40 games, two tournaments, the Belleville 18U league, and earned bids to attend the NSA Class A Nationals, ASA Class A Northern Nationals and the 2009 NAFA Class A World Series. The overall record for the year was 60-30. Team members were Danielle Rolla, Kristin Rolla, Maddie Borchers, Erica Wilson, Stephanie Shewmaker, Lauren Smith, Michelle Craddick, Brianna Butler, Mallorie Love, Abby Hughes, Jennifer Stroot and Jessi Holland. Mallorie Love was the oldest member of the team and signed to play softball at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.  


Wednesday, November 17
Tomahawks 16U Annual Recap

16U Tomahawks 2010 Summer/Fall Seasons 

The 16U Tomahawks strive to play against some of the better competition in the Midwest, often traveling to out of town tournaments to do so. Our summer season included league play in the rugged Collinsville fastpitch softball league (where the team finished with a record of 7-7) and six tournaments. We kicked off our summer tournament schedule by playing in the Capital City Classic in Springfield, IL the weekend of 11-13 Jun (ASA Northern National Qualifier). The team was in the winner’s bracket with a 3-1 record when play was unfortunately stopped due to inclement weather.

The following weekend (18-20 Jun), the team traveled to Overland Park Kansas to compete in the highly competitive ASA-sanctioned National Sports Clinics ASA College Exposure tournament where the three pool games started with runners on base and no one out. Two of our four losses were by a single run and another by two. Even though the team lost all four games, three of them were lost in the other team’s final at bat under a drop-dead format (we didn't get our final at-bat even though we were the home team). There were reported to be over 70 college coaches in attendance for this event.

Next stop (25-27 Jun) was the BNGSA Twin City Classic - ASA Northern National Qualifier - played in the Field of Dreams complex in Normal, IL. The team won all three games by a combined score of 19-2 before the remainder of the tournament was rained out. By using tie breakers, it was determined the Tomahawks finished second overall.

The Tomahawks held true to their tradition by giving the families the Jul 4th weekend off.

The weekend of 9-11 Jul saw the Tomahawks play their first “home” tournament when they traveled across the river to be a part of the annual NSA MO/IL Bragging Rights tournament (2011 National Qualifier). The team battled all weekend before being eliminated in their second game on Sunday morning. For the weekend, they finished 4-3.

The final road tournament took the Tomahawks to the Mattoon, IL Bagelfest Tournament (16-18 Jul). After winning their first game, the team dropped two consecutive games to fall into the loser's bracket. From there, they battled their way back on Sunday (winning three games) to capture the Consolation Championship. The final weekend record was 4-2. The final tournament of the season was truly a home event as it was played right here in O'Fallon. This 2010 NAFA National Qualifiying tournament (also billed as a college exposure) was played the weekend of 23-25 Jul. The team finished the season on a high note by going 6-0 in tournament play to capture the tournament championship and earn the berth at Nationals. However, it had already been determined to end the season with this tournament.

Our final record was 29-17 which included 20 victories in tournament play and a nine-game winning streak as the season ended. Even though the team will lose several key players who will be too old for 16U next year, eight veteran players (who saw lots of playing time) from this year's team are eligible to return which should provide a strong nucleus to build around.

We place our girls in a competitive environment where they will be challenged game after game to play their best. It is not our philosophy to play a weak schedule to pad our record. Instead, we want to prepare them to take on larger roles on their respective school teams and, for those interested, help them realize their goals of playing college softball.  

16U Tomahawks 2009 Summer/Fall Seasons 

  Belleville Summer Collinsville Summer Belleville Fall Tournaments Other Overall
Record 8-3 11-3 0-0 18-14 0-0 37-20
Team BA - - - - - .359
Team ERA - - - - - 2.55


16U 2009 KC Exposure
Tuesday, June 23
16U Tomahawks Place Third in NSC College Exposure Tournament

The 16U Tomahawks took third place out of 28 teams in the NSC College Exposure Tournament in Overland Park, KS over Father's Day weekend.  Playing before college coaches and recruiters, the Tomahawks opened tournament play with a 6-1 win over the KC Pride.  They followed that up with a come-from-behind 9-7 victory over the KC Rage.  The Tomahawks found themselves trailing 7-2 in the fourth after some sloppy defensive play.  After tallying a single run in the fourth, the Tomahawks rallied for 6 runs in the fifth inning to complete the comeback.  In the third game, the Tomahawks had little trouble with the Topeka Flames, winning 10-2.  Playing their fourth game of the day in near 100 degree heat, the Tomahawks fell 4-3 in the semi-finals to the KC Freeze.  After trailing 2-0 and 4-2, the Tomahawks had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended on a line-drive that deflected off the first baseman to the second baseman, who threw out the Tomahawks runner on a close play.

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Belleville Summer Collinsville Summer Belleville Fall Tournaments Other Overall
Record 11-1* 7-7 12-0* 26-15 2-0 58-23
Team BA - - - - - .282
Team ERA - - - - - 2.0

 * - League Champions

Friday, November 7
16U Tomahawks Fall Season Comes To A Close

The 16U Tomahawks completed the fall 2008 fall season with a record of 18-4.  The team is taking a break during the month of November before beginning indoor practices in December.  The team will be competing in two indoor tournaments in Jan/Feb.

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Friday, November 7
16U Tomahawks Go Undefeated In Fall League

The 16U Tomahawks dominated the Belleville fall high school league to finish with a record of 12-0.  Along the way, they scored more runs (79) and allowed fewer (19) than any other team.  As a reward for their success, they earned a berth in the 2009 ASA Class A Northern Nationals.  Congrats Tomahawks!!!

Tuesday, September 9
16U Fall League

I echo Coach Butler's congratulations on kicking the fall league off on the right foot.  However, we must not be complacent after only two wins.  As successful as we were last season, I'm not content with where we are and neither should anyone else be.     

We have played and beaten many of the local teams - some have beaten us.  You should never look at a team and immediately assume anything.  Don't assume just because you've beaten them in the past that the outcome will be the same this time around.  Games are won and lost between the lines - each and every time you cross them.  None are won based on what any team did or did not do in the past.

Speaking of which, the success we enjoyed as a first year team a year ago has made a name for us.  Every team we play will be trying their hardest to beat us.  They will use their best pitchers against us.  Take that as a compliment-you've earned it.  Howver, you cannot afford to approach any game at any time thinking you've won before it started.  To play your best, you must be mentally prepared.  Mental preparation will be one of our primary goals this season.

The 16U Tomahawks with their Collinsville Extreme Classic Championship Trophy
Monday, June 30
16U Tomahawks Capture Collinsville Extreme Classic

The 16U Tomahawks won their second tournament of the summer season, capturing the Collinsville Extreme Classic at the Collinsville Sportplex Sunday evening with an exciting 3-1 victory over the Columbia (MO) Rockers.  The Rockers entered the championship game undefeated in the tournament with a 6-0 record, having outscored their opponents 40-10.  The Tomahawks came in at 5-1, having dropped a game in pool play along the way.  The Tomahawks jumped on top with a run in the bottom of the first inning, using a double and a passed ball after the runner had moved up to third on a fielder's choice to manufacture a run.  The Rockers came back to tie the score in the top of the third and it remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Tomahawks parlayed a double, single and triple into two runs for a 3-1 lead.  The Tomahawks then retired the Rockers in order in the top of the seventh inning to clinch the championship.

The Tomahawks finished pool play with a 2-1 record and a number one seed, defeating the Collinsville Extreme 4-0 and the Swansea Force 9-2 while dropping a 3-0 decision to the St. Louis Marauders.  The Tomahawks played close games all the way through the elimination round, starting with a  4-2 victory over the Downstate Rippers and a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Stingers.  In the semi-finals, the Tomahawks were pushed to the limit by the Trenton Thunder.  The game was tied at 1 after seven innings, and went into an international tiebreaker.  With the help of some sloppy defense by the Thunder, the Tomahawks scored 4 runs in the top of the eighth inning and prevailed 5-2 to advance to the championship game.

The 16U Tomahawks are now 29-9 in the summer season and have won 2 of the 4 tournaments they have participated in.


Tuesday, June 24
16U Tomahawks Settle for 4th in Wood River Region ASA National Qualifier

The 16U Tomahawks continued to make strides in establishing themselves as a competitive threat in the Class A division with a fourth place finish in the Wood River Region ASA National Qualifier Tournament over the June 20-22 weekend.  Things were not easy for the Tomahawks from the outset, as the drew a multi-state regional all-star team in the Gold division Midland Magic - 91 in their first game Friday night.  After falling behind 3-0, the Tomahawks battled back to tie the score at 3 and force the game into an international tiebreaker.  The eventual tournament champion Magic prevailed 5-4 but not until the Tomahawks had the winning run on base when the final out was made.  Next up was another regional all-star team in the Southern Force.  This time the Tomahawks were up to the task, beating the Force 8-2 Saturday morning.  The Tomahawks then blasted the Bluff City Storm 12-0 in a 5 inning short game.  Due to rather odd tournament bracketing, the victory over Bluff City earned the Tomahawks another game with the Southern Force.  This time, the Tomahawks took a 3-0 lead only to see the Force come back and take a 4-3 lead heading into the last inning.  The Tomahawks battled back to tie the game at 4 and force another international tiebreaker, but the Force came away with a 5-4 win in 8 innings.

For the Tournament, the Tomahawks outscored their opponents 28-12, outhit them 38-25 and made only 5 errors to the opponents 8, while finishing 2-2 with both losses coming under the international tiebreaker.

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The 16U Tomahawks celebrate their Summer Freeze win!
Monday, June 16
16U Tomahawks Romp to Summer Freeze Championship

The O'Fallon Tomahawks captured the 16U Division championship of the inaugral Metro East Ice Summer Freeze girls fastpitch softball tournament held over Father's Day weekend at the O'Fallon Family Sports Park.  After finishing pool play with a 1-1 record and a second seed, the Tomahawks swept through tournament play undefeated with 5 straight victories, defeating the Southern Illinois Attack 12-5 in the championship game.  For the tournament the Tomahawks finished with a 6-1 record and a team batting average of .337, scoring 49 runs on 59 hits, including 20 doubles and 6 home runs, while holding down opponents with a 1.99 team ERA. 

Tuesday, June 10
16U Tomahawks Finish 2-2 in BNGSA Twin City Classic

The 16U Tomahawks got their first taste of a Class A tournament in the BNGSA Twin City Classic June 6-8 at Champion Fields in Normal, IL.  What they found out is that they can compete at the A level with a first year 16U team, finishing with a 2-2 record, but that the pitching is really tough.  The Tomahawks offense managed only 22 hits and 7 runs in four games.  On the flip side, the pitching and defense was up to the task, allowing only 6 runs and committing only 5 errors in the 4 games.

After rain delayed the start of Saturday's pool play games by almost two hours, the Tomahawks got underway against the Heartland Fusion early Saturday afternoon with their best offensive game of the tournament, banging out 9 hits in a 4-1 victory.  Next up was the eventual third place finisher, the BNGSA Avanti's Angels.  The Angels were tough, allowing the Tomahawks only 3 hits in a 2-1 victory.  The Tomahawks wrapped up pool play with a 2-1 victory of their own against the Midwest Energy Saturday evening and finished as the second seed in their pool.  On Sunday, the Tomahawks were matched up against another number 2 seed, the Homer Hawks.  The Hawks scored two runs in the first inning and made them stand up, scoring a 2-0 shut-out victory to eliminate the Tomahawks.

Thursday, December 1
2011 Season

The 2011 summer team played what was probably the most competitive Class A schedule in the history of the club. Included were two high-profile college exposure tournaments - in Kansas City and TN and the Collinsville ASA Select 16U/18U league. They finished the season with a record of 22-17 record. Several of those players earned offers to play college ball.

 The August tryouts enabled the team to add many quality players. As a true 16U team, they competed in the Belleville High School Fall league primarily against older girls, finishing with a record of 7-5. They finished off the fall season by going 4-2 in the Pitch For The Cure tournament in St Peters, MO and look forward to using the experience gained as a springboard to a highly competitive 2012 summer season.