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Welcome to The 2006 18U Indy Edge Team Website

The Indy Edge Team had a successful 2005 season. We were the Diamond of the South Champions; Compuware Champions; finished 3rd in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Tourney; were the Runners-Up in the Independence Day Tourney in Colorado; and were the defending 16U ASA A Division Indiana State Champions. In 2004 we were 16U NSA A and ASA A DIVISION INDIANA STATE CHAMPS, placed 5th in the NSA Eastern Nationals and 17th in the ASA Nationals. We are the 2003 14U NSA A DIVISION INDIANA STATE CHAMPS, finished 4th in the 2003 NSA Eastern Nationals, and WON the 2003 NSA SUPER NATIONALS.
We are the feature team out of Champion's Edge Training Facility in Indianapolis.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Emily signs with OU
Tuesday, November 21
Emily Wethington Signs with Ohio University

Congratulations to Emily Wethington who has signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for Ohio University!!! Go Bobcats!!

Chelsea Signs
Wednesday, November 15
Chelsea Held Inks with Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Congratulations to Chelsea on signing her National Letter of Intent to play softball with SIU!!! Go Salukis!

Monday, November 13
AC Collins Signs With Ball State

Congrats to AC Collins on signing with Ball State. AC is looking forward to playing under Coach Nichelson and his staff.

Amber Wolf Signs With Ball State

AC & Amber Teammates For 3 More Years !!
Congrats to Amber Wolf signing her letter of intent to play softball for Ball State University. Amber is looking forward to playing under Coach Nichelson and her staff.

ASA Nationals
Tuesday, August 8

WHAT:    2006 18U "A" ASA Nationals
WHERE:    Owensboro, Kentucky
WHEN:    Sunday July 30th - Sunday August 6th, 2006
WHO:      144 ASA Qualified Teams from Across the Nation
WHY:      To Battle For the Title of "National Champion"

The 111 degree heat index was fierce during the first part of the week and took its toll on the girls, coaches, fans and umpires alike. As hot and brutal as the weather was - so were many of the softball match ups on the field. The 1st pool play game for the Indy Edge was with the Minnesota Peppers - who fell to the ladies in blue and gold 1-0. The next game was indeed a nail biter - one that had many of the gathered collegiate coaches on their cell phones, scratching their heads telling their comrades, "The Edge are losing this game." And indeed they were by a score of 4-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Outlaws only needed 3 outs to put this one in the book and they were well on their way with 2 outs and 2 strikes on Chelsea who was at bat. But the Edge had other ideas for this game and played with heart until the scoreboard read Visitors - 4   Home - 5!!!! The first tourney game was with the No Mercy who the Edge beat 6-0. With that win under their belt, the 2nd tourney game would be at 6pm Thursday. Things were looking good for the Edge as they had the Birmingham Bullets down 3-1 in the bottom of the 6th and the Edge was at bat when the skies began flashing with bolts of lightening. The director called the girls off the field for safety reasons and we all waited in the parking lot for over 2 hours before the night was called off. The Edge had to return at 6:45 am to warm up to finish the 7:45 am game. It took only 8 minutes to put the game in the book as a "W" for the Edge. Next up - the always dominant Nashville Nighthawks. The Edge team found themselves on the losing end of the game 1-0 and again were down to their last 3 outs in the top of the 7th. The team had been hitting - but the Nighthawks were playing errorless defense and the Edge just couldn't score. As fate would have it - this would continue to be THE inning for the Edge as they would score 3 runs and then get the last 3 outs to win this game!! Next game would be 1 of 3 for Saturday and it was with a team staying in our same hotel - there was some light hearted teasing the night before but when the Edge took the field - the team was all business. When it was over, the Edge would again be the victors with a score of 5-0. Game 2 on Saturday was with the Grand Slam who fell victim to the bats of the Edge 2-0. The 3rd game of Saturday pitted the Edge against the defending 2005 ASA National Champs - The Louisville Lady Sluggers. WOW - their crowd was loud, the dugout was always rockin' and could they play ball!! But - so can the Edge and that's what we came for!! Again, the Sluggers would take the lead 1-0 early in the game and again it all came down to the last inning when the Edge decided to "do their thing". With a couple good hits and some great base running - the Edge would take the lead 2-1 to end the game!!! This win put the Edge into the Championship Game of the Winner's bracket and they would face the nearly all-college-player team of the Carolina Cardinals. We had seen this team play several times - and they could slug the ball over the fence harder and further than any team we'd seen in the tournament. The girls were loose on Sunday morning at breakfast and ready to play ball. Morgan took the mound, pitched the first pitch, the lead off put it in play, we fielded the ball, and then I can't remember exactly what happened when or how - but that lead-off player SCORED on that first pitch of the ballgame. WOW - how exciting and deflating all at the same time. Okay - regroup and get focused. The defense tightened up and kept the score to 1-0 for 6 1/2 innings. Now - have you been paying attention to this article? Notice how many times the Edge has been able to come in during the 7th inning and make a come back? Could it happen again? Well - it DID!! The Edge SCORED 2 times during this last inning and WON the game!!! The Cardinals battled in the loser's bracket and won that to get a chance to revenge their only loss of the tournament so far. So much excitement and then some down time to relax - who knows what the reasons might be but - all things said and done - the Cardinals were able to beat the Edge 2-0 and then 1-0 to take the ASA National Championship. Great team - good sportsmanship throughout the run!! I wish I could name names of which Edge player was responsible for making the Game Winning Run or hit the Game Winning RBI or made the Game Winning Catch - but it really WAS the entire team of 14 dedicated, hard working girls and 4 very committed coaches who love the sport and the girls. Each girl contributed whether it was with her speed, her bat, her pitching, her fielding or her catching - but it was an all-around team effort which was what made this such an exciting tournament. Congratulations to both teams - job well done!! See you in College Station, TX - mark your calendars now - 7/29/07 - 8/5/2007. GO EDGE!!

OP Team 2006
Monday, July 24
Edge Takes 4th Place out of 60 Teams in Sparks Invitational

Mother Nature didn't cooperate on Thursday, July 20 in Orland Park, Illinois so the first 2 games of Pool Play were cancelled. The Edge won the 3 remaining pool play games on Friday and Saturday and earned a 1st place Seeding for the Single Elimination Tournament. The Edge played the Adrenaline team and won 9-0 Saturday night. The heavens opened up again cancelling the rest of the Saturday night games. This meant the Edge girls could sleep in since their 7:30 am game was pushed back to 10:30 am!!! Game 2 of the Tournament Play for the Edge was against the Downers Grove Rebels which the Edge squeaked by with a 1-0 victory. Game 3 (Sweet 16 Teams) was against the IN Shockwaves team who fell to the Edge 3-0. (On a side note - we wish Kaitlyn and Bailey speedy recoveries as they each suffered ankle injuries over the weekend.) Game 4 (Top 8 Teams) was with the Oak Park Windmills. The Edge went up early with 1 run but that lead was erased as the Windmills ran across Home Plate 4 times. The Edge continued to battle and tied up the score 4-4 pushing the game to International Overtime. After 2 extra innings - the Edge won the game 5-4 putting them into the Semi-Championship Game. Game 5 (Final 4 Teams) was with the Beverly Bandits - a team affiliated with the Chicago Bandits Professional Softball Club. The Edge scored early in the bottom of the 1st inning with 1 run but let the lead slip as the Bandits scored 2 runs later in the game. The Edge girls weren't ready to quit as they continued to play ball and would score their 2nd run. Again the game would be played out in International Overtime - but this time the end result was different as the Edge lost to the Bandits 3-2. Congratulations to the girls and coaches of The Edge and continued success as you head to the ASA Nationals in Owensboro, KY!!!

Monday, July 17

The weather was HOT (90+) - but the Indy Edge team was HOTTER when they battled 17 other teams in Jasper, IN the weekend of July 14 - 16, 2006 for the Title of Indiana ASA State Champions. The ladies took on the Varsity High School team of North Posey and won by a score of 5-1 on Friday night. The next morning found them facing the Indy Crush - Taylor team who fell to the Edge 8-0. The 2nd game of the day pitted the Edge against The Indiana Firestyx and many girls that they are familiar with through their own high school teams or from playing together in previous years in travel ball. The Edge went up early 1-0 but that was erased with a 2 run blast by the Styx. Not to worry - the Edge had some untapped fire power of their own. With the score now tied at 2-2 - Theresa Weinzierl, #7, came to bat. "T" toed the plate with 2 runners on and BLASTED the leather off the ball to put the Edge back in charge of the game. The ladies were able to add another run to make the final score 6-2. The Championship Game of the Winner's Bracket was between the Edge and the Indiana Magic - each team is armed with two of the State's finest pitchers so we knew it would be a tough contest. The Magic took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Edge kept fighting and hitting hard and won the game 3-1. The Magic wouldn't be denied another chance to play the Edge and won the Championship Game of the Loser's Bracket by beating the Southern Indiana RBI's 1-0. The Magic again put up the 1st run of the game - but this time that would be the only run to score by either team and so the Edge would have to play the IN Magic in the "IF" game to see who would be crowned the ASA IN State Champions. The Edge was the Home team and the score was 0-0 until the bottom of the 4th inning when the Edge was able to come up with one very important run.   And that's how the game would end thanks to some great defense and awesome pitching throughout the entire tourney. The Edge went 5-1 for the 3 days; scored 23 runs while allowing only 5 runs and had 2 shutout games. Many of the players on the Edge team have been a part of something pretty special - a Three-Pete ASA State of Indiana Championship. Pretty Cool!!! The next tourney for the Edge will be at the Sparks Invite in Orland Park, Illinois. Good Luck and Safe Travels to all! Congrats to the team and coaches on a Great Weekend of softball.

TEAM Colorado
Friday, June 30
18U Indy Edge In Colorado

The 18U Indy Edge team is in the middle of playing their 6 pool play games as I write this. They are 3-1 right now and have 2 more games to go tonight (Friday June 30th). The girls are having a great time playing ball and sightseeing - the scenery is just gorgeous.   We sure miss some of the parents that couldn't make it to the games - but Carrie Matthews and Pat Sullivan are capturing it all on their cameras!!! I hope to get some pics on the website.   More to come later................!! Go EDGE!

As I write this - the tournament has ended. The Corona Angels Tyson Team that put the Indy Edge out of the tourney ARE the Champions. They were a solid team all around. It was another great week of softball and hope everybody has a safe trip home. See you on the fields!!

Sunday, June 25
18U Batttle at ASA State Games

The 18U Indy Edge outscored the opponents 61-11 runs during the ASA Indiana State Games the weekend of June 23-25, 2006. The team won both pool play games against the Indy Sparks 11-0; and the IN Earthquake Alsip 8-2. The 1st tourney game was won by the Edge 10-0. The 2nd game pitted the Edge against 2 very good pitchers on the IN Magic team. It was a pitcher's duel between the 2 of them and our pitcher, Emily Wethington, and nobody could score during the regulation time. In extra innings the Magic were able to put 1 run up while the Edge couldn't push 1 across so the battle would begin in for the Edge in the Loser's Bracket. No problem with the Southern IN RBI's as they Edge won 10-0; and then 5-3 against the Outkast who is a very big hitting team. The battle continued but we needed to rest our pitchers for the long day ahead of us so we put Amber Wolf on the mound. The Ball State Cardinals may be pleased in knowing that they have signed not only a catcher/3rd baseman - but a case of an emergency such as this! Amber got the "W" as her defense worked hard and the offense put up 10 runs to get to the next game!!! Amber again was put on the mound - and this time she shared it with another Ball State bound player - Allysa Collins!! WOW - these girls were supported by an outstanding defense/offense and put away the Earthquake-Alsip team 7-2!! The Champonship Game of the Loser's Bracket found the Edge again facing the Indiana Magic. The girls really wanted sweet revenge - the pitchers were rested and ready to go - but Mother Nature had other plans as the rains and lightning started and would eventually wash out the tournament. The Edge would not get a chance to continue their march that they have done so many, many times before - and would take a 3rd place finish. Safe travels to Colorado - and Good Luck!!

TEAM talk
Wednesday, June 21
Indy Edge Takes 3rd Place in Compuware Tourney

The 18U Indy Edge played in the Compuware Tournament in Canton, MI over Father's Day Weekend. The team won all 3 pool play games and their first 2 Tournament Games before falling to the Miami Valley Express. The Edge battled back on Sunday beating the Elite 6-0; and the Batbusters (MI) 2-1. These 2 wins put the Edge team in the Semi-Championship game with the Miami Valley Express who had taken their 1st loss to the Grand Slam earlier - but it wasn't to be. The Edge couldn't manufacture a run and went down 2-0. Keep up the hard work. Not bad for the 1st time out together as a team! Good Luck at the Hoosier State Games in Brownsburg!!

Tuesday, March 7
Congrats to Emerald & Castle HS On Winning State In Basketball !!!!!!!

All Edge Final At The Sportzone Tournament

The 18U Indy Edge team won it's 2nd straight indoor tournament over a very tough 16U Indy Edge team 1 - 0. Many thanks to the players who helped us out this weekend.

18U Edge Wins 12 Team Tourney

The 18U Indy Edge played at the SportZone February 3-5, 2006. The team won both pool play games by scores of 6-0 over the Sunseekers and 12-0 over the KY Thunder. They were pitted against the 18U Buckeye Heat team in the first round of single elimination tourney play whom they beat 1-0. The Semi-Championship game found the Edge team playing the IN Magic whom they beat 4-0 to advance them to the Championship Game. And who would they face??? Their 16U Sister Edge Team!!! The 18U Edge went up 1-0 and held on to that score to win the Tournament! Congratulations on a great win - and thanks to Danielle, Mallory, Ashley and Erin for filling in this weekend! (Pic to come soon??!!)

Tourney Champs
18U Edge win 1st Tourney

The 18U Indy Edge team competed with 17 other teams January 13-15, 2006 at the SportZone in Indianapolis, IN. We want to thank the girls who were able to help the team out this weekend due to some Edgers having prior commitments. The softball world is made up of a lot of special people. You can be strong competitors one weekend - and the next weekend you find yourself in the "enemy's camp" doing what you can to get the "W".   The girls that play this sport are learning alot more about life than just how to hit and throw!! The Edge played 2 pool play games and put up 6 runs while allowing 0 to score on them. Defense stayed strong in the 1st round of single elimination tourney play when the Edge faced a very strong 16U Dreams team. It would take 2 extra innings of play before the Edge would get the win by a score of 2-0 thanks to a walk off Home Run by Danielle Miller. That win put the Edge in the Semi-Championship Round with the 1st Year 18U Indy Crush Team. Another close, hard fought game but the Edge would come out on top with a narrow 1-0 victory. The Championship Game was with the 18U Indiana Firestix. This will be a team that the Edge will surely face alot throughout the summer making for alot of nail-biting innings. Both teams know each other well and have strong pitching, hitting and defense. The game went the Edge's way this time with a score of 3-0. It was a good tournament for the girls and the coaches and we look forward to the next challenge. Congrats!

The Indy Edge Team at the Opening Ceremonies of 16U ASA Nationals in Sioux Falls, SD


ASA Team
Indy Edge Wins 2005 ASA State Title - 3rd Year in a Row!

The 16U Indy Edge team went to Evansville, IN where the ASA State Tournament was being held on July 15-17, 2005. A total of 18 teams were battling for the title in the hot, humid weather. In 2004, the Indy Edge won the ASA state title the HARD way. The team had dropped into the losers bracket and had to play a total of SEVEN games on Sunday to win the title. The Edge team proved to themselves, the coaches, and the fans that they would not be denied and they played and won ONE game at a time!! This year - the Edge took the "easy road" (if there was one with the competitive teams that were there) by staying in the Winner's Bracket until the end. And they had to do it without a key player, Amber Wolf, who is resting and mending a sprained knee that she earned in the Championship Game while in Boulder, CO. Get Better Soon!!! They played and defeated the Extreme Heat 13-0 (which included 3 home runs - TWO by Rebecca Butler in the TWO innings she played); Twisters 11-1 (the score is misleading. The Twister Sisters gave the Edge a GREAT game until the end); The Redline 2-1 in a very heated, emotional, exciting game; the Crush 6-1 and then again the Crush in the Championship Game 4-1. Congratulations to the Crush team - what a class act all weekend - the team and fans alike. Now the Edge team has been identifying and satisfying alot of their goals for the 2005 season. Keep up the hard work - ALL THE WAY TO SOUTH DAKOTA!!! THANK YOU to Aunt Connie, Steve and Monica for providing such great meals both Friday and Saturday night. Mmmm Mmmmm good for sure!!! And to Rochelle for the great photos that I will be putting on this website within the next few days. She has taken and given me over 1,000 photos that I'll need to sort and size - so it might take some time!! And THANK YOU to the coaches for all their hard work at practices, warm ups and games. You are a HUGE reason for the success that these young ladies are having all season - Thank You!! There are so many things that others do behind the scenes, too, THANK YOU for carrying the gear, cheering in the stands and providing positive support, handling all the fanwear, Nancy, and keeping the fans lookin' good, keeping the scorebook in the dugout, tending to nose bleeds and scratches, etc. This is really a TEAM (family) effort and I'm proud to be a part of it!!!

EDGE Co Team
Edge Battles in the Independence Day Tourney in Louisville, Colorado

Battered and bruised, the 16U Indy Edge team headed to Louisville, CO to play in the Independence Day Tournament June 29 - July 3, 2005. The team had just finished playing 10 games in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Tourney June 24 - 26. The girls had fallen into the loser's bracket but battled to finish 3rd out of 24. But along with the wins came strains, pulls, bruises, scratches, aches and pains. As soon as the girls heard, "Play Ball" - they were ready!! Pool play started Wednesday Jun 29th and the Edge beat the TX Austin Storm Red 5-1 and then tied with the PA Lucky Ladies 3-3. Day 2 of Pool Play found the Edge beating the CO Comets - Madrid team 5-0 and then tying the always tough Corona Angels 0-0. Day 3 of Pool Play on Friday pitted the Edge against the CA Batbusters which gave the Edge their first loss of the tourney 3-1. The Edge went on to win the last pool play game against the IL Windmills putting them 2nd in their pool. Saturday was the 1st day of Single Elimination play and the Edge won all 3 games beating the Co. Comets (Sakamoto) 6-1; then the Alley Cats 3-1 and finally the OH Grand Slam 5-0. The 3rd win put the Edge in the top 4 teams of the tourney!! On Sunday, the final rounds of the tourney were played at Stazio Fields in Boulder, CO. The Edge played a tough Fresno Force team and won with a score of 2-0 putting them in the Championship Game with the CA Batbusters. The girls, for whatever reason, just never played "Edge ball" and fell to the Batbusters 9-0. Congratulations to the Batbusters - and to the Edge girls and coaches. What a great 2 weeks of softball - keep playing tough - all the way to South Dakota!!

We're In Oklahoma!!! Hall of Fame Stadium

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Indy Edge Finishes 3rd at Oklahoma Hall of Fame Tourney

The Indy Edge 16U Team headed to Oklahoma City, OK to play in the 2005 Hall of Fame Tourney against 23 other teams. The Best of the Best come to compete at this historic diamond and the Edge proved to be amongst them. The girls played tough the first game against a strong Arizona Outlaws team and won 6-4. The 2nd game found the girls on the Stadium Field where they lead 4-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Time had expired, the Aftershock were down by 3 runs but they had last bats being Home Team. One thing lead to another - and the Edge team fell 5-4 to the Aftershock team. The Edge team found themselves in the dreaded loser's bracket and played the So Cal Choppers that same day and lost 6-1. The girls weren't able to recover after such a loss the game before and nothing went their way. Even though they had lost a 2nd game - the way the brackets were set up - the loss was actually a "good" thing. The loss meant the girls would play Saturday's first game at 10:30 am - allowing them a good night's sleep. The girls had a new attitude this day and would win five games straight. Their goal was to finish in the top 8 thus qualifying them to play at the ASA Nationals in South Dakota. To do that the Edge just needed 3 wins on Saturday - but after they did that - they didn't want to stop and won the 4th and 5th games of the day!!! By now the girls had a steady following of umpires and fans and girls from other teams who continued to be amazed as they marched deeper into the tournament. On Sunday the Edge team took to the Stadium field once again and beat Team Arizona 6-4. The next game pitted the Edge against one of the top teams in the nation - the So Cal Athletics. The girls gave them a good game but fell 5-0 claiming THIRD out of 24 teams! The team had a goal and they not only met it but surpassed it - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Way to represent the State of Indiana!!! (Pictures will come soon!!!)

Compuware 1
Edge Wins Compuware Tourney 6/20/05

The 16U Indy Edge team traveled to Canton, Michigan Thursday 6/16 - Sunday 6/19/05 and competed teams from KY, MI, OH, IN, CO, IL and PA in the always competitive Compuware Tournament. This is a highly respected tourney that brings in college scouts from all over. In 2004, the Edge team placed 3rd out of 32 teams and hoped to better their return in 2005. The Edge played 3 pool play games defeating The Valley Extreme (OH) 8-0; the Finesse (MI) 1-0 and finally the Kentucky Cobras (KY) 6-0. The team drew a bye in the first round of tourney played but beat the Orland Park A's 4-2 in the 2nd game of the single elimination tournament. The next game pitted the Edge against the Grand Slam team who fell 3-1 to the ladies in blue and gold. The Edge were in the final 4 with 2 other Indiana teams and took on the Indy Crush who were defeated 1-0. In the Championship game, the Edge came out pounding the ball from the 1st pitch and went on to win by a score of 11-0 against the Stingrays. Congratulations to the team and the coaches - What a Father's Day Gift!! Safe travels out to Oklahoma for the Hall of Fame Tourney 6/24 - 6/26 and then onto Colorado for the Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tourney 6/29 - 7/3/05. Go EDGE!!


DS Edge Team
Indy Edge Wins Diamonds of the South

Congratulations to the Indy Edge 16U Players and Coaches for winning the 2005 Diamonds of the South Tournament. The tourney is an ASA National Qualifier for 16U in Sioux Falls, SD and/or an Oklahoma Hall of Fame Qualifier for the Region 10 #1 finisher. The Edge wisely chose to play in the infamous Hall of Fame Tourney June 24 - 26, 2005 where the Collegiate World Series for Softball is held annually.   The team played and defeated the Ohio Valley Dynamite 8-0; the Cincy Storm 15-0; the Princeton Lady Tigers 7-0 and the IL Outlaws Gold 4-1 to go 4-0 on the rain shortened weekend. GO EDGE!

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