Dream Baseball: Welcome
Introducing the 2011 Dream Team
Thursday, April 7
The first tournament, the Winter Blast in Las Vegas, was a huge success. The Dream Team not only competed, but they run-ruled two teams in 3 ½ innings and advanced to the championship game. In the final, they rallied in the bottom of the seventh with five runs and had the winning run on first as the game ended. The tournament director commented that Dream Team games attracted by far the most fans they have ever had. It was awesome to observe groups of young boys, girls and families in the stands chanting and cheering on the girls at every pitch. Beyond the obvious talent on the field, fans and coaches were equally impressed by the dignity, honor and respect for the game displayed by the Dream Team.
To provide the necessary support and guidance to help young girls channel their ambition, confidence, and passion for baseball into life-long empowerment; to help them break down barriers and achieve their dreams using the universal language of baseball.
December 12-14 Las Vegas NV Winter Blast
February 19-20 Midland, TX Presidents Day, 13U Open Division
March 25-27 Glibert, AZ Super NIT
June 10-12 Michigan Major Elite NIT
July 20-24 USSSA World Series CO
December 10-11 Las Vegas Winter Blast
14u Dream Team Player Bio’s
Chelsea Baker: Chelsea is from Plant City, Florida and is known for her knuckleball taught to her by famous former MLB pitcher Joe Niekro at age seven. Chelsea threw two perfect games in one year’s time against all boys and was recognized for her accomplishments on ESPN E60, Good Morning America, CNN, AOL.com. Featured in Kids of the Month (Sports Illustrated), McDonald’s athlete of the month and youngest player inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. She loves the game of baseball, enjoys playing piano and drawing. Chelsea is an honor roll student in honor's courses and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/e60/news/story?id=5386830
Shannon Crawford: Shannon is a 9th grader at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. During the past year she has been a member of the PVHS 9th grade baseball team as an 8thgrader, went to the Sandy Koufax 13U World Series with the Moline Blackhawks and was a member of the Bettendorf DiamondKings travel team that was an Iowa State AAA semifinalist. She has also competed on the all girls baseball team the Chicago Pioneers since 2009. Shannon is a left handed pitcher and switch hitting outfielder. This year Shannon was a starting setter for the 9th grade volleyball team (which went 24-1) and will compete for a varsity spot on the Girls Tennis team this spring.
Abbey Donovan: Abbey is from Half Moon Bay, California and is a well rounded multi-sport all star athlete. At age seven Abbey was picked as a starting player for a 10U travel softball team that qualified and went to ASA Nationals in Missouri. Abbey played in every game as youngest player in the tournament. Abbey made the all-star team every year she played both little league and girl’s softball. She won the 10U MVP. Abbey has a great love of the game and always shows great sportsmanship and attitude. She is also an Honor Roll student
Alyssa Freeman: Alyssa is from Boise, ID and she has been playing baseball since the age of four. She plays shortstop, 3rd base and pitcher. She has a very strong arm with a 74 mph fastball. Alyssa pitched a perfect perfect game this season striking out 18 of 18 batters. Alyssa hit 18 home runs this season and lead her little league team to the championship and came out with a 13-0 victory. She has also made the all-star team every year possible. Alyssa also plays basketball and is the quarterback on her football team. Alyssa is a straight A student and in 5th grade Alyssa received the President’s Award for having a 4.0 GPA all year. http://www.ktvb.com/news/special-features/John-Miller-Little-league-pitcher-strikes-fear-in-her-opponents-95119499.html
Jade Gortarez: Jade is from Ontario, CA and a five tool player, when on the field she has five different ways to beat an opponent and is not limited to one position, she can play all nine positions of the field. She currently owns three World Series Rings from three different organizations: USTBA, Rawlings/ESPN Wide World of Sports, CCYB/Nations Baseball. She received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assemblyman Curt Hagman of the 60th District, and she was given a physical fitness award signed by Barack Obama. She is a California SCMAF Track and Field State Champion, and an A Honor Roll Student.
Amanda Grieco - Amanda is from Millington NJ and has played baseball since she was 4 years old. She has been selected for the travel team every year since she was 7 and has always been the only girl. Amanda pitches, plays shortstop, and 3rd base but has played every position on the field. Her teammates call her "little Mo" (in reference to Mariano Rivera) because she has great control while pitching and usually comes in to close a game. Last year Amanda struck out 67 batters in 32 innings pitched. In the off season Amanda plays basketball on two teams, both of which won their respective league championships. This year Amanda led her school basketball team to a perfect 23-0 season playing point guard and leading the team in points and assists. During the season she was awarded tournament MVP of a competitive 14U basketball tournament. Amanda also excels as a student and maintians a straight A average. http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2011/07/millingtons_amanda_grieco_is_t.html
Maddy Lewis: Maddy is from Alameda, California and is an accomplished multi-sport athlete. At age 9, Maddy led her baseball, basketball and soccer teams to league titles, in addition to winning the Club Championship in golf. As a fifth grader, she was the starting point guard and tournament MVP for an 8th grade basketball team which won the City Championship. Maddy has played little league baseball since she was six and made the all-star team every year possible. She has been the starting shortstop and pitcher and in 2007 her team advanced to the finals in the California State Tournament. This year Maddy batted over .600, was second in the league in home runs with nine and won six games with the help of a 69 mph fastball. Maddy is a 4.0 student. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6a03io8-zU
Casey McCrackin: Casey is from Pensacola, FL and has been playing baseball since age six. She is a highly sought five tool player with great speed, hitting ability (both power and average), a great arm and excellent defensively. This past year, she played recreational baseball, travel baseball and was on her middle school track team. She led her recreational baseball team to an undefeated season. At age 11, she was the only recreational league player (boy or girl) to hit a homerun over the 250’ fence and repeated the same feat at age 12. This past season, Casey hit 10 home runs and she has never been caught stealing a base since age nine. She is also a straight A student and a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.facebook.com/l/4c5ae;www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbwbxRYhItY&feature=BF&list=ULBY7p2JKxNNw&index=24
Emily Parslow: Emily, from Fonda NY, has been playing baseball since age 5. She has been selected each year for All-Star teams since age nine. Last year Emily pitched a one-hitter for a win during a District game, and also hit a game winning, extra inning two run homerun in another. She was the only girl selected to the “Best of the Best” NYS District 12 Team. Emily was also selected to the District 12 All-Star Team that traveled to Williamsport during the Little League World Series, playing in the Stotz-Maietta Cup. She played Pitcher, Catcher, and SS as the only girl in our Travel Babe Ruth league. Em is a 3-sport athlete, enjoys playing drums, and is a member of the NJHS.
Nylah Ramirez: Nylah is from Brooklyn, NY and started playing pee wee baseball at the age of four. She then played two years with the Brooklyn Angels both softball and baseball. At age seven she began playing with the Youth Service League playing competitive federation and travel baseball. In 2008 she decided she no longer wanted to play softball and has been committed to the game of baseball since. Her accomplishments during her 2010 baseball season include: named MVP for Youth Service League. Mustangs (third year in a row), received Parade Grounds League Outstanding Batter Award (first female to ever receive any award in League’s 66 year history), hit 21 homeruns and struck out over 100 batters. www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKr0qaiqDok
Marianne Sparacia: Marianne is from Spring Hill, FL and she has been playing Dixie Youth League baseball since age five starting as a 1st baseman then moving to 3rd base. She earned the starting 3rd base position on the All-Star Team in each age division since. She was recruited to play travel ball at age nine, playing 1st and 3rd base, and pitching. She also plays guard on her middle school varsity girl’s basketball team. The team went undefeated this season, winning the county championship. Marianne also plays guitar and mandolin and has maintained a 4.0 GPA each school year.
Annie Walker: Is an 8th grader from Grand Blanc, Michigan and has been playing baseball since she was five years old. She has been playing travel baseball since age 10 and loves it. Annie plays second base and pitches but can play anywhere on the diamond. This is her second year playing for Grand Blanc Travel Baseball and before that Lake Fenton Lightning. She has made every all-star team that she has ever tried out for. In 2010 Annie was voted MVP of the tournament by the opposing team in the championship game. She has received the Curtis Granderson base running award at a baseball camp. Annie also plays year round travel soccer and skis in the winter. Annie has been a member of Honors Society since 6th grade and was awarded the presidential award for academics and fitness. She has also been on the all A honor roll every marking period for the past 6 years. http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/sports/story.aspx?id=621029
Kelsie Whitmore: Kelsie is from Temecula, California and started playing baseball at age seven. She has played recreational ball each year and travel ball since age 8 and has been selected each year for all-star teams since age nine. Kelsie plays center field, first base and pitcher. In addition to her contribution on the field, Kelsie prides herself on the community work that she has done throughout the years. Kelsie and her team have provided food and gifts to needy families each year, delivered a truckload of sports equipment to kids at St. Jude, delivered Thanksgiving meals to seniors, helped Our Nicholas Foundation for Autism, supports the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each year, and even picked vegetables on a farm that were donated to a local food bank. http://www.swrnn.com/southwest-riverside/2009-11-18/sports/temecula-pitcher-brings-more-than-a-strong-arm-to-the-baseball-diamond
13u Dream Team Player Bio's
Sam Arriaga: Sam is in the 8th grade, from Temecula, California. She has been playing baseball since she was 4 yrs old, following her brother onto the field. No matter how many times she heard the words, “Girls can't play ball,” she never listened. Sam pitches, plays the corners and outfield. She helped lead her Little League All Star team to a district championship, pitching a one-hitter in the final game. While maintaining her Honor Roll status, Sam also participates in many community activities, most recently by raising funds and awareness through the Susan G Komen Walk with her teammates. She is also an accomplished writer, producing several articles and stories for her local publication. Recently, She was recruited to join a travel softball team and is looking forward to balancing the challenges and opportunities of high school.
Cayla Calderon: Cayla is from Canyon Country, California. She started playing baseball at age 8. She tried softball for one year and went back to baseball at age 11. She made history by being the first girl in her little league to hit an over the fence homerun. She was also the only girl drafted into the majors division. On her current 13U club ball team she plays LF, 2nd base and Pitcher. This past summer, in a tournament, she hit back-to-back homeruns, leading the team to a 6-3 victory. Recently on her club ball team, she pitched a complete 7 a inning shut-out. She also enjoys singing in the church choir as well as playing the hand bells. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is an Honor Roll student.
Danielle DeCristofaro: Danielle (Dee) is from Pittsboro, NC and has played baseball since she was 4 years old. She was selected for the Babe Ruth League all-star team when she was 8 and 9. At age 10, she joined a travel softball team where she plays third, short and catches. Although she excels in softball, batting .473 with 76 RBIs in 66 games, her heart is always on the baseball diamond. In the seventh grade, Dee became the first girl to ever make the middle school baseball team where she pitches, catches and plays short stop. She joined the Sparks and played in Cooperstown in 2011, and has played for the 13U Blackhawks travel team out of Pittsboro, NC. Dee also plays middle school basketball and softball. She excels as a student athlete and is a National Junior Beta Club member, maintaining a high academic average while participating in multiple community service projects throughout the year.
Jenna Greenwalt: Jenna is a 7th grader from Arlington, VA who started playing
baseball when she was five. She was an All Star in the Arlington Little League and was the only girl playing in her District 2011 Majors All Star tournament. Jenna currently plays in the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth League and is the youngest player on the Montgomery County Maryland Barncats of the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference. Jenna is a southpaw who plays first base, outfield, and pitches. She also loves basketball, tennis, golf, and swimming, and has played several sports for her middle school. Jenna is a straight A student, a Girl Scout, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Jenna has visited all 50 states and traveled to London with her family, where she learned to play another game with a bat and ball: cricket.
Bronte Lucero: Bronte is an 8th grade student from Oakdale, Ca. She has played Oakdale Baseball Association ball beginning with tee ball and has played for numerous other recreational league teams throughout her little league all-star career. Bronte was named MVP of the 2011 OBA 12U All-Star game. She also led her team to the OBA Major 12U league championship. Bronte was a key member of the 2011 OBA All-Star team that qualified for the Cal Ripken 12U California State Tournament. She pitched and played an outstanding third base while being the only girl playing in the tournament. Bronte is a fierce competitor with extraordinary baseball skills. A consummate team player who leads by example, Bronte is hopeful to be a contributing factor in the success of 13U Dream Team.
Emily Michki - Emily is from Mission, TX and started playing baseball at the age of 3. Emily’s primary positions are Pitcher, Catcher and 1B, but is comfortable playing anywhere on the infield. She has played on teams in several cities near her home in South Texas, and has always been the only girl on those teams. In 2008 she was the first player (boy or girl) to hit a home run over the fence in Edinburg, Texas. In 2009 she was recruited by the South Texas Outlawz, a traveling elite baseball team. They won the State Championship and went on to play in the USSSA World Series in Lake Charles Louisiana. That same year she was the only girl chosen to play for the San Juan All-Stars. She continues to play baseball with the South Texas Outlawz, while also playing baseball for the city of McAllen, and recently for the city of San Juan. Already this year she pitched a no hitter while playing as the only girl in her current baseball team. Emily enjoys many sports including basketball, and soccer. http://www.rgvsports.com/articles/mission-9505-girl-baseball.html
Kristen Moldovan - Kristen is from Massapequa Park, NY and has been playing baseball since she was four years old. She can play any position on the field but loves to pitch. In addition to baseball, Kristen excels as a travel volleyball and basketball player. She also led her school's field hockey team in goals scored this past fall. Kristen formerly played travel soccer for Massapequa as well. On the diamond, Kristen currently plays for the Long Island Braves Travel Baseball Club along with the Massapequa International Little League where she has been an all star every year she has played. As a 10 year old, she pitched two no-hitters against the boys earning her the 10u All Star MVP award. Kristen currently has a 4.0 plus GPA and is on the Principals Honor Roll. In December 2010, she was honored as a top 12 student academically out of a class of 700 students.
Sidra Montoya: Sidra is 12 yrs old and she is a straight A student at her Culver City Middle School and actively participates in various organizations within the community. Sidra picked up a baseball bat at the age of 4 and has not put it down since. She enjoys always being “the only girl” on her team, but that has never been a distraction for her. She plays shortstop, 2nd base, 1st base and anywhere in the outfield. In 2010, she led her team to win the Culver City Little League Minor Division with a grand slam, rounding the bases with tears streaming down her face. She has played baseball with a couple of travel teams for the last few summers, and has been playing and learning the fundamentals of Pony League. Sidra played last year on (2) fastpitch teams for one season, and in the 6th grade she was only 1 of 2 girls to make the VARSITY Softball team at the middle school. She was also on the ASA 'All Star' team as a 1st year player on a fastpitch team. She didn't have the same drive to play softball as she does when she plays baseball. So this is why she persue's to follow her "dream" to compete on a baseball diamond
Grace White: Grace is from Marietta, Georgia and began playing baseball when she was 4 years old. She played on post season All Star teams from 2006 through 2009. Grace played travel baseball with the North Georgia Lightning from the end of the 2009 season through the 2010 season. She also joined the H P Chili Dogs-Lawson for a trip to the 11U USSSA World Series in Gulf Shores, Al. In August 2010, Grace was selected to participate in a 3 game Showcase Series during the National Youth Baseball Championships in Memphis, TN. In the fall of 2010 she joined the 12U Sandy Plains Prowlers where she helped her team win the Lanier League Championship and the Jr. Grizzlies Tournament. She finished her year with the Prowlers in Cooperstown where she helped the team to a 3rd place in the Round the Horn Plus by nailing the throw from left field. She pitched, caught, played shortstop, left and center field during the week. Grace went back to Cooperstown 3 weeks later and played with the Sparks. Grace maintains a 4.0 GPA and has twice donated hair to Locks of Love.
Lacey Rae Yahnke- Lacey has played in the Tecolote Youth Baseball league for seven years, achieving all-star status each year. She has also progressed from white- blue- red all stars of late, and last year, 2010 won both the San Diego area tournament, as well as the regional 11u tournament as the only girl on a boys, red all-star team. This feat was repeated in 2011 for the same team. She plays first and second base and has done a fair amount of relief pitching. In 2009, Lacey travelled to Cooperstown with the Chicago Pioneers, and played on the first ever all girls team to be allowed in that tournament. She has a passion for baseball and her goal is high school baseball for now and further if possible. An accomplished athlete at twelve years old, Lacey also has made the All-Stars in San Diego competitive soccer. She is also the leading scorer on her 6th grade school basketball team, and just returned from the State Championship free throw contest in Fresno, where she finished fourth in the state, after winning the San Diego City championship. Lacey plays the hand bells in the choir, is learning the guitar, and is a straight A student. http://www.fox5sandiego.com/videobeta/fc4741c7-cdae-4408-96fe-e2d945d047dc/S
Past Media Coverage for Dream Team Players
Good Morning America
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