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Tuesday, November 26
2014 Jaguar Jamboree



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      2014 Jaguar Jamboree 

 

     10U-12U-14U Divisions

 

Sponsored by the Johnson County Jaguars Softball Organization

 

May 3-4, 2014

Napoleon Park Softball Complex

Iowa City, Iowa

 

      ASA Rules and Umpires.

      ASA/USSSA Insurance required for each roster player. (Verified at Registration)

      5 games guaranteed, weather permitting.

      Pool play on Saturday.  Sunday is bracket play.

      Individual awards to every 1 of 4 teams in each age division.

      $275.00 entry fee plus two ASA approved optic yellow (.47 core) softballs.

      Maximum of 36 teams accepted. 

     

~Download form below~

Send completed registration form and entry fee to: 

JC Jaguars

c/o  Michael Ryan

1165 Saint Andrews Dr.

North Liberty, Ia. 52317


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Wednesday, July 11
2012 West High Women of Troy - On to STATE!!!



 

West handles Prairie to claim first state berth

IOWA CITY – The success continues for Iowa City West.

In a remarkable year that included a state volleyball title and two basketball titles, the Women of Troy softball team made its contribution Tuesday night.

Ninth-ranked West used a strong pitching performance from Mackenzie Laux and timely hitting to earn its first berth to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union tournament, beating Cedar Rapids Prairie, 6-0, at home in a Class 5A regional final.

“It’s amazing. It’s indescribable,” West’s Lauren Larson said. “We’ve all been dreaming of this for two years. We finally did it. It’s crazy to actually experience it.”

The team mobbed one another in celebration on the diamond after the win. They even ran to celebrate with fans after a quick photo opportunity.

“That was our goal the whole year,” said West senior Shelly Stumpff, The Gazette’s Female Athlete of the Year. “It’s exciting to be the first people from West to go to state and be in Fort Dodge for ourselves.”

West (36-5) consistently put runners on base, but couldn’t convert until the third inning. Tatum Klein reached on an error to start a rally. She stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Stumpff came to the plate and ripped a double to right center, giving West a confidence boost.

“It was outside and I just went with it,” Stumpff said. “Just swung that way to the gap.”

Larson followed with an RBI single to score Stumpff and give the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead. Larson led West scored a run in the four-run fifth that sealed the victory and state berth. Michaela Recker smacked a two-run single in the fifth.

Larson led West, going 3-for-3. The key was remaining patient at the plate, and seizing the momentum to take control.

“After we got those two runs (in the third), we knew we could do it,” Larson said. “We had to pull through and get insurance runs and we definitely did that. Once we got two on, we were like this is our inning.”

West didn’t need much offense thanks to the arm of Mackenzie Laux. She was dominant on the mound, throwing 5 1/3 perfect innings. Laux kept the Prairie hitters off balance, tallying nine strikeouts. She notched five straight strikeouts by ending with one in the first, fanning the side in the second and another to open the third.

“All my pitches were working,” Laux said. “The rise ball was getting them a lot. I kept throwing them inside, jamming them. That worked well for me.”

Laux was making her third straight appearance in a regional final, losing to Des Moines Lincoln last year and Mid-Prairie in 2010 when she played at Pekin. Those losses stung, but West Coach Jeff Kelley said she wanted the win as much as anyone.

“She’s kind of a prime time player,” Kelley said. “This is the stage she wanted to be on and she took full advantage of it.”

Now, West will have the chance to add a softball trophy to the school’s trophy case. They earned their celebration Tuesday night after a trying year that included the death of classmate Caroline Found at the start of the school year.

Watch as the team exchanged hugs with Earnest Found, the father of late classmate and teammate Caroline Found.

“They’re a tough bunch,” Kelley said. “They learned through some of the adversity we’ve had to deal with … Give them a lot of credit to stay focused and have that drive to finish this thing off the right way.”

The Hawks hung tough, but couldn’t must much offense. Pinch hitter Gabrielle Carter earned Prairie’s first hit, and Natalie Rumer added a single in the final inning. Neither advanced beyond second. Katelyn Kuch was solid early not allowing an earned run until the fifth.

“They came out fighting really hard, but a lot of credit is due to West,” Prairie Coach Kimi Hynek said. “They played really tough. Their pitcher did a great job and they hit the ball, putting it in play and making things happen.”

Prairie ends the season 10-26. Hynek is optimistic the returning players will make strides in the future.

“We had our fair share of ups and downs,” Hynek said. “I’d like to believe we have a lot of potential with a lot of the kids returning. I have high hopes and expectations for next year.”

http://iowaprepsports.com/2012/07/10/west-handles-prairie-to-claim-first-state-softball-berth/



Thursday, June 21
2012 State Champions - 10U Gold USSSA Class C

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The Battle as told by a 10U Gold Parent!!!  Way to go Jags...

Our tournament was supposed to start Friday night, but was rained out.  On Saturday, we opened play with a 3-1 win over the Johnston Jaguars.  This advanced us in our double elimination tournament to face the top seeded team from Ankeny.  We struggled to pitch and hit in this game and lost 8-0.   

The loss sent us to the losers bracket and an 8:30 Sunday start time versus the DM Roosevelt Roughriders.  We came ready to play and handed them a 12-2 throttling to advance.  Next up was a team from Fort Dodge called the Pride.  Play began at 11:30 and at the end of 80 minutes, the Pride was still scoreless and we had put 7 across the plate.   

At this point, parents began to look at the brackets and the thermometer.  The Jags were hot, but so were the temperatures and ironically enough we were scheduled to face the Iowa Heat from Waukee.  There was a long way to go and it really seemed impossible.  Some clutch hitting and steady pitching lead us to a 6-2 stunning victory.  This win opened many eyes.  The Heat were a really good team and after winning 3 games, the parents were starting to wonder if it would be the competition or the possibility of playing 7 games that would take us out.  After all, to win it all, we weren’t even half way through the day.  We were pushing fluids, fruit and Frogg Toggs on the girls and the tournament pushed an East Des Moines team our way.  We were down 1-2 about half way through the contest when the 90 degree heat began to take its toll.  The girls were flat and the parents were thinking that we were soon to be heading home with what had already been a very successful Sunday.  However, the siblings of the girls would have no part of that.  The began a chorus of cheers and chants from the bleachers that awaken our beloved team.  The Jaguars got a rally going and there was nothing East Des Moines could do about it.  We won the game 5-2 and started to dream.   

At this point, we were guaranteed at least 3rd place.  The coaches stressed to the girls that the tournament had already been a success, but also let them know that we had come this far, why not give it a shot!  An excellent SE Polk Rams team was up next for the Jaguars, their new found energy and their incredibly loud siblings.  While the opponent was an enormous obstacle, we all began to wonder if a bigger obstacle existed in the durability of our main pitcher and if she could possibly throw one more game.  She had thrown 3 straight coming into this one and our catcher would be catching her 5th in 90 degree temps!  The Rams were no match against the team and siblings as the Jaguars won 7-2.   

Now with a bigger trophy in our grasp, we would have to face an Ankeny team that beat us 0-8 the day before...not once, but twice.  Their record was 3-0 in the tournament coming into the game, ours was 6-1.  We were exhausted.  With the game winding down, we were behind 0-4.  Through 8 innings in 2 games against this team we had yet to score.  Again, the siblings, now joined by parents grandparents and even some urging by the umpires (We actually sang happy birthday to the base ump), would not let this team go away easy.   The bats came alive and the girls knotted the game up at 4 a piece.  A quick stop by the Jags in the top of the international start inning followed by a quick score in the bottom of the inning had the Ankeny team completely on it’s heels.  Our pitcher had just won her 5th straight game 5-4 and the girls would now play a seventh game of the day.  After moving to a field with lights, we were set to play for the title at 7pm.  In the top of the first, we posted a 4 and followed it up by only giving up 1.  Cooler temps started to roll in, but our bats stayed hot and so did a fresh pitcher and defense.  This lead us to a decisive 10-3 win for the State Title. 

It was a day that none of us will forget.  It took the efforts of all involved to do what seemed impossible.  The 11 girls on this team and their coaches taught all of us a lesson about perseverance and toughness.  The parents, siblings and all of us on the outside of the fence showed what a community of people can help accomplish. 

Jaguars 10U Gold 2012 USSSA State Champions.



2011 10U Gold - USSSA 10U Iowa State Tournament – Class C



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USSSA 10U Iowa State Tournament, Class C - June 18-19A - Altoona, Iowa - Finished 2nd overall out of 24 teams



2011 10U Gold - USSSA 10U World Series – American, Class C



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USSSA 10U World Series – American, Class C - July 15, 16, 17 - Kansas City, MO - Finished 4th, with a record of 4-4 including winning 3 of 4 games played on the final day of competition.  Defeated two teams from Missouri, one team from Nebraska and one team from Kansas.

2011 10U Gold - BOSOX End of the Summer Blowout



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BOSOX End of the Summer Blowout - July 9-10, 2011 - Dubuque, Iowa - Finished 5-0 to win the bracket