Texas Trouble: 2004

Top Row (L-R): J.T., Coach John, Rachel, Keely, Courtney, Cierra, Coach Cheri
Middle Row (L-R): Shelby, Lori, Ally
Front Row (L-R): Tiffany, Tabatha, Callie, Alec

Trouble Takes 3rd At Turkey Jam


* Pool #1: Trouble 5, Missouri City Magic Nine 2
* Pool #2: Trouble 1, Fury 0
* Bracket #1: Trouble 1, Texas Magic 0
* Bracket #2: Trouble 12, Missouri City Magic Nine 11 (ITB)
* Bracket #3: Spring-Klein Sliders 8, Trouble 0
* Bracket #4: '90 Texas Eclipse 8, Trouble 1

Finished 3rd out of 12 teams.


* Pool #1: (5-2 over Magic 9)
Callie pitched 2 2/3 innings, no earned runs, gave up just 3 hits, no walks. Most of our runs scored on walks, wild pitches, and stolen bases. We had just one hit, but drew 7 walks, 7 wild pitches, and 1 hit batter. Callie had our only hit, a single to left driving in one of our runs.

* Pool #2: (1-0 over Fury)
Keely pitched 3 innings, no runs, gave up just 2 hits and struck out 5. Our lone run was our first batter, Lori, who was hit by a pitch, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, stole 3rd, and scored on a wild pitch. Even though we didn't score any runs after the first batter of the game, we got some very hard hits from Ally (2), Callie, Tiffany, and Rachel.

* Bracket #1: (1-0 over Texas Magic)
Shelby pitched a no-hitter (over 5 innings), with the only runner coming on a walk in the 5th inning (otherwise it would have been a perfect game). She struck out 7. Our only run came courtesy of Lori again, when she reached first on an error, stole 2nd, went to 3rd on Callie's single and scored on an error. We managed four hits from Shelby (double), Alec, Callie, and Keely.

* Bracket #2: (12-11 over Magic 9, ITB)
What started as a game that seemed well in-hand, this turned into a closely fought, extra-inning affair. Keely pitched a great game, holding them to 2 runs thru the first three innings. Magic 9 scored in the first after a walk and long triple. But we responded in the 2nd with 4 runs after a walk, three errors and a 2-run single from Lori. They added one in the third on a walk, an error, and a single. We came back with 4 more runs in the fourth. Courtney led off with a single, Cierra sacrificed her to 2nd. Tabatha reached on a dropped third strike. Lori drove in another run with a single. Ally then doubled in two runs and Callie followed with another double to drive in Ally. With the time expired and an 8-2 lead, all we needed was three outs. But, Magic Nine, who had already played a triple-ITB earlier in the day, was not about to give up. Their bats came alive and they mounted a comeback which saw them score 6 runs. The last out was finally recorded after they doubled in the tying runs, but got thrown out at 3rd trying to stretch a double into a triple. Progressive ITB began (runners on 2nd and 3rd) and we put together four more runs, scoring on two wild pitches and an error aided by singles by Tiffany and Courtney. Callie came on to pitch, but Magic Nine was not done yet. They drove in two runs with a single from the leadoff batter. The next batter doubled, driving in a third run (now 12-11), but, once again, solid Trouble defense got the batter out at third trying to take an extra base. That was important, because the next batter singled and that was followed by a hot line drive to center that Tiffany snagged to end the game. Whew!!!

* Bracket #3: (lost 8-0 to Sliders)
By reaching the winner's bracket final, we were down to three teams, us and two very strong 2nd-year 14U teams in Spring-Klein Sliders and '90 Texas Eclipse. Their bats proved too strong for us in this game scoring runs in each of their three innings. While we got hits from Callie and Keely, we couldn't put enough together to get any runs across.

* Bracket #4: (lost 8-1 to Eclipse)
We were up against another big, powerful team. While Keely held them to 2 runs thru 2 innings, they got their bats going, scoring 4 runs in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th, despite bringing in Callie to give them a different look.


* Callie was our leading hitter, going 6-for-12 (.500 average). Lori scored six runs, drove in three more, and stole 3 bases. Ally contributed 3 RBIs and Ally, Shelby, and Callie had our three extra-base hits (doubles).

* We had strong pitching performances from Callie (1-0), Keely (2-1), and Shelby (1-1). Best outings were Shelby's no-hitter in the opening bracket game against Texas Magic (1-0 win), Keely's 2-hit shutout against Fury (1-0 win), and Callie's 3-hitter against Magic Nine (no earned runs, 5-2 win).

* Our two 1-0 wins were also highlighted by error-free defense.

We ended with a third place finish, certainly our best tournament performance of the fall, going 4-2 in all games and playing against some older, bigger, and powerful teams. A great way to end the fall and get prepared to start up a spring schedule in January.

Ally's Got A Mean Bat!

Trouble Maker #25 Ally is hotter than the Houston Astros right now! Coming into Sunday's Sugar Land Girls Softball Association's (SLGSA) Co-op games on October 3, Ally was 7-for-7 (4 singles, 2 doubles, 1 triple). In Sunday's first game vs. Victoria's Texas Raiders she went 2-for-2 (2 triples and a walk). In the second game vs. Fulshear Fury, Ally started off with a single giving her 10-for-10 in her first 10 at-bats for the fall season. She finally made an out, ending up 10-for-12 for the season thus far. Check out these stats: .846 On-Base Percentage, 1.500 Slugging Average, .833 Batting Average with 5 singles, 2 doubles, and 3 triples. And that's just Ally's offense. Playing 1B and RF, she is currently a perfect 1.000 on defense. Simply put ... WOW!!!

BTW ... Texas Trouble put two in the "W" column by beating the Raiders 8-1 and the Fury 9-0.

Top Row (L-R): Courtney, Coach Cheri, Lori, Alexa, Coach John, Stephanie, Ally
Front Row (L-R): Chastity, Shelby, Callie, Alec, Cierra

Not Pictured: Teresa, Tabatha, Tiffany

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Pictured (L-R): Alexa, Callie, Shelby

Trouble Finishes In Top Half At NFSA State

Out of a field of seventeen great 12U teams, Texas Trouble tied for 7th Place with Southern Pride at the NFSA State Tournament held at Dyess Park June 18-20.

The fireworks started early as the Trouble Makers run-ruled the Texas Survivors 9-3 in the first pool game. The ladies continued their winning ways by defeating the Texas Peppers 5-3 in the second pool. Trouble lost to the Spring-Klein Xplosion 3-2 in the third pool, but finished in 1st Place in their Pool C group.

The Trouble Makers won Bracket 1 vs. the Texas Burn 5-1 with the highlight of the game being an inside-the-park home run by #3 Alexa. The second game was a 2 hour 45 minute battle vs. Texas RIP. The Trouble Makers kept it close until the last inning when RIP ripped it open and sent Trouble to the loser’s bracket with a 14-5 loss (OUCH!). Sunday morning Trouble faced the Southeast Texas Terror in an exciting down-to-the-wire game, pulling it out with a 6-5 final score. The next game vs. the Texas Survivors sent Trouble home as they were run-ruled 7-0.

Courtney, Lori, Cierra, Alexa, Chastity, Alec, Callie, Shelby, Ally, Tabatha, and Tiffany ... you ladies were awesome! You played some exciting ball and it was so much fun to watch. You are all unique individuals, each bringing your own special talent, spirit, and heart to the team. We’re so proud of you! Coach Cheri ... great coaching job, as always. You are such a wonderful role-model for our daughters.

Congratulations to the Sugar Land Thunder for winning 1st Place, the Texas Eclipse for taking 2nd, and Missouri City Magic for finishing 3rd. Many thanks to the players, coaches, and parents of the Texas Survivors, Texas Peppers, Spring-Klein Xplosion, Texas Burn, Texas RIP, and Southeast Texas Terror for the competition and the memories :) Special thanks to the NFSA officials for holding a first-rate tournament. We played hard, played fair, and had a lot of fun ... and that's what it's all about!

[Unofficial NFSA Rankings]

Bracket Results (W-L):

1st Sugar Land Thunder, 5-0
2nd Texas Eclipse, 4-2
3rd Missouri City Magic, 5-2
4th Texas Survivors, 4-2
5th Texas Sting Blue, 2-2                     
5th Texas RIP, 2-2
7th Texas Trouble, 2-2
7th Southern Pride, 2-2
9th Southeast Texas Terror, 1-2
9th Beaumont Blast, 1-2
9th Firestix, 1-2
9th Pasadena Mystixx, 1-2
13th Texas Peppers, 1-2
13th Conroe Crossfire Gold, 1-2
13th Spring-Klein Xplosion, 0-2
13th Texas Burn, 0-2
17th College Station Tigers, 0-2

Pool Results:

Pool A:
1st Texas Eclipse
2nd Texas RIP
3rd Southern Pride
4th Beaumont Blast

Pool B:
1st Texas Sting Blue
2nd Missouri City Magic
3rd Firestix
4th Texas Burn

Pool C:
1st Texas Trouble
2nd Texas Survivors
3rd Spring-Klein Xplosion
4th Texas Peppers

Pool D:
1st Sugar Land Thunder
2nd Southeast Texas Terror
3rd Pasadena Mystixx
4th Conroe Crossfire Gold

Trouble Crowned Champs At Summer Classic

Texas Trouble slid into Katy June 4-6 and took 1st Place at the "Slide Into Summer Classic" hosted by the Katy Cruisers 14U. With help from her oh-so-awesome Trouble Maker defense, #16 Shelby threw a no-hitter in the 6-0 championship game vs. the Katy Express.

It was a dismal start Friday, losing the first pool game to the Katy Cruisers 4-2 and the second pool game being cancelled due to rain. Saturday’s brackets began well with a win vs. the Katy Cruisers Green 5-2, but Trouble got booted to the loser’s bracket in the second game vs. the Katy Express 6-2. The never-give-up Trouble Makers had their work cut out for them on Sunday. It would take winning four games back-to-back in 90+ degree heat with virtually no rest between contests to win the tournament ... it would take each pitcher stepping up and throwing a complete game ... it would take accurate throw downs and great stops by the catchers ... it would take sparkling grabs and heads-up plays by the infield ... it would take acrobatic catches and great arms by the outfield ... it would take every Trouble Maker hitting the ball and finding a way to get on ... and they did!   

Texas Trouble 3, Spring-Klein Xplosion 2 (Winning Pitcher: #10 Callie)
Texas Trouble 5, New Braunfels Bombers 4 (Winning Pitcher: #7 Alec)
Texas Trouble 6, Katy Cruisers 1 (Winning Pitcher: #3 Alexa)

Championship Game: Texas Trouble 6, Katy Express 0 (Winning Pitcher w/No-Hitter: #16 Shelby)

Courtney, Lori, Cierra, Alexa, Stephanie, Chastity, Alec, Callie, Shelby, Teresa, Ally, Tabatha, and Tiffany ... you ladies rock! Thank you Tabatha and Tiffany for guesting with us.

Congratulations ladies ... we are so proud of you!


Top Row (L-R): Callie, Alec, Alexa, Ally
Middle Row (L-R): Lori, Courtney, Teresa, Chastity
Front Row (L-R): Cierra, Shelby

Not Pictured: Stephanie, Rosie, Alyssa

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Trouble Takes 3rd At Sugar Land Spring Jam

The Trouble Makers rocked and rolled their way to a 3rd Place finish at the Sugar Land Slam Spring Jam USFA Qualifier held at the Missouri City fields May 22-23. "Peanut Butter-Jelly" was the rally cry as Courtney, Lori, Cierra, Alexa, Chastity, Alec, Callie, Shelby, Teresa, and Ally with help from their new friends Rosie and Alyssa got the job done with a lot of tremendous effort and heart. Here's the results:

Rank, Team, Bracket W-L

1st - 3N2 Storm, 5-1
2nd - Texas Rage, 3-1
3rd - Texas Trouble, 3-2
4th - West Brazos Sting, 2-2
5th - Sugar Land Slam, 2-2
5th - Texas Sting White, 2-2
7th - Sudden Impact, 2-2
7th - Texas Heat, 1-2
9th - Texas Magic, 1-2
9th - Firestix, 1-2
9th - Katy Cruisers, 0-2
9th - Texas Survivors, 0-2

Monday, April 12
Trouble Egg-its The Hop With 2nd!

The Trouble Makers hopped over to Katy on Saturday, April 10 for the Bunny Hop Tournament hosted by the Hot Shots 14U.

Details coming soon ...

Monday, March 1
Weather Wraps Up West Houston...4th Place

The Trouble Makers had "trouble" with the weather, again, as storms shut down the 3rd Annual West Houston Spring Kickoff USFA Qualifier at Cullen Park. The ladies came out stormin’ Saturday going undefeated in pool and bracket play. After 15 hours at the fields, they left with an impressive 5-0 record and feelin’ that “Purple Pride!” Those pesky Sunday morning blahs caused the Trouble Makers to get stung by the Texas Sting Blue in the first game. The never-give-up Trouble spirit caught fire and the ladies pounced on the Texas Catz in the next game, sending them packin’ to the parking lot. The ladies were focused and ready to take on the Blue Crush when it rained, and rained, and rained. The TD had no choice but to call the tournament early. With the rainout occurring and four games left to play in the bracket schedule, tie-breaker rules had to be applied to determine first through fourth place. Here’s the final results (with bracket record): 1st Katy Cruisers (2-0), 2nd Texas Sting Blue (2-0), 3rd Blue Crush (3-1), 4th Texas Trouble (3-1).

High five’s to the Trouble Makers for another well-played tournament! The ladies ended up 6-1 overall (3-0 pool; 3-1 bracket) against some very tough teams. Courtney, Lori, Cierra, Alexa, Stephanie, Audrey, Chastity, Alec, Callie, Shelby, T, Ally … what an outstanding display of teamwork. The precise pitching, the hot and timely hits, the great grabs, the target throws, the smart base running, the attitude, effort and performance … priceless! Coach Cheri... you're the best! Your vast softball knowledge, superb coaching techniques, and positive attitude is unmatched. You are a wonderful role model for our daughters :)

Joe, you were awesome at 3rd ... thanks for stepping up! Thanks also to all the other dads for all you do. Peace and love to Cierra's parents, Tim & Jennifer Wieghat, for sponsoring the new "groovey" uniforms ... Those '70s Girls just love them!   

Congratulations to the Katy Cruisers for the 1st Place finish, the Texas Sting Blue for 2nd Place, and the Blue Crush for getting 3rd. Many thanks to the players, coaches, and parents of the Fulshear Fury, Magic 9, Lone Star Magic, Sugar Land Slam, Texas Sting Blue, and Texas Catz for the great games and good sportsmanship.

Special thanks to TD Skip Early, the West Houston Storm 14U, and all the nameless faces who worked their behinds off the whole weekend to put on a first class tournament. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, everyone pitched in and did a fabulous job of keeping the coffee hot, the food warm, and the fields in excellent playing condition. BTW ... a huge thanks for letting us moms thaw out by the BBQ. Check out *Tournament Recaps*

Way to go Trouble Makers for the 5th Place finish out of a field of twelve great teams at the Texas Outlaws’ 16U Spring Roundup USFA Qualifier held at Imperial Park March 13-14.

Trouble didn't have their typical "sleepy morning" game in Pool 1 as they scored right off the bat and dominated the entire game. The ladies scored 4 in the first inning on a couple of walks, a wild pitch, and singles by Ally, Audrey, and Alexa. Shelby shut 'em down in the first inning aided by Courtney picking off a runner at 1B, where Stephanie snuck in behind the runner from 2B to make the tag. We got 6 more in the second inning: Cierra and Lori walked, and Callie singled to load the bases. Ally ripped a line drive to right center that rolled to the fence for a 3-run triple. Audrey drove in Ally with a single, followed by a single by Alexa and a 2-run single by Courtney. With time already running out in the bottom of the second, Texas Rowdy got a walk and a single. The last batter hit a grounder to short and Ally made a great play picking up a short hop for the out. Trouble wins 10-1, only allowing six Rowdy batters the whole game!

We next faced a very solid Pasadena Rampage team in Pool 2. After a scoreless first inning, Rampage broke it open in the second with 5 runs courtesy of three walks and four hits. Shelby came in for Alexa to finish the inning and Callie hit the mound in the third. The Trouble Makers got 2 in the bottom of the second ... a double by Alexa, a walk for Courtney, and a solid single up the middle by Cierra to drive them both in. Rampage added 2 more in the third on four more hits. Trouble answered with one in the bottom of the third when time ran out. We lose 7-3.

Expecting to play Rampage in our first bracket, we faced Texas Rowdy ... again. It wasn't quite as lopsided as our pool game, but we still dominated the game. Trouble got a run in the first inning when Ally walked and was driven home by Audrey's double down the left field line. Five more runs in the second with a couple of singles, a sac bunt, a hit-by-pitch, and a fielder's choice. Rampage fought back, but Stephanie made a great catch of a line drive in the gap between 1B and 2B to end the game. We win 8-4.

Missouri City Magic was next in the second bracket. Alexa went the distance and did a great job. The strong Magic team got a couple of key extra-base hits in the second and fourth inning to score 5 runs while we could only scratch across a couple of runs. At the top of the second, Alexa walked, Courtney hit a sacrifice bunt. Alexa reached 3B, Courtney was out trying to get to 2B, and #3 scored. In the fourth, Callie reached on an error. Stephanie grounded out to 2B, but advanced the runner. Ally singled up the middle and Callie scored.
It had been a long day and wait between games and you could tell Trouble was wearing down. Final score: Magic 5, Trouble 2.

The next game was immediately after the Magic vs. Pasadena Rampage match-up. Tired, cold, and wet Trouble had trouble handling the Rampage. Shelby started on the mound, but they got 3 runs in the first and 5 in the second on 7 hits. Those hits combined with some passed balls and fielding errors didn’t help. The bats went flat. Our only runners were two walks and an infield single that Lori beat out at 1B. We lost 8-0 and went home to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

On Sunday, the weather stopped the tournament. Based on the "formula," the order of finish was Katy Force 1st, Missouri City Magic 2nd, Pasadena Rampage 3rd, Texas Magic 4th. Congratulations to all! Many thanks to the players, coaches, and parents of the Texas Rowdy, Pasadena Rampage, and Missouri City Magic for the competition and good sportsmanship!

We exited a little earlier than expected, but we played extremely well, we were pleased with our performance, and we had a great time! Many thanks to TD Keith Kiser and the Texas Outlaws 16U for their hospitality and putting on a first-rate tournament despite the nasty weather conditions. We appreciate your hard work.

Great job Coach Cheri, as always!

Friday, March 19
Trouble Makers Lasso 5th At Spring Roundup!

Tuesday, February 10
Oh So Close At The Yard

The long holiday break and lack of practice due to uncooperative weather took its toll on the Trouble Makers at Softball USA's NFSA Qualifier February 6-8. Although they had more sparks of brilliance than brain freeze, they came up short. We got off to a typical early morning slump getting behind 4-2 vs. the Conroe Crossfire. A key 2-run double by #4 Stephanie got us back into the game and turned the tide to our favor … Trouble wins 7-4. Our bats came alive in the second game vs. the Lady Stros. We didn't produce a lot of runs, but we had a good number of base runners. #16 Shelby's outstanding pitching performance (12 Ks in 5 innings -- 10 of the first 11 batters struck out) made our two runs stand up for the victory 2-0. Things were looking good until the West Brazos Sting stung us in the third game 10-2 (ouch)! The Trouble Makers came back Sunday morning and battled the Texas Burn to a 7-7 tie (no ITB in this tournament 's format). Southern Pride took the last game 1-0. After the numbers were crunched, the ladies were oh so close, but did not make the final four. We were naturally disappointed, but looked at the bright side … we had fun, Coach Cheri knows what to work on in practice (if the weather ever cooperates), and the sun'll come up tomorrow! We'll get 'em next time :)

Special thanks to former teammate and old friend Fitima for guesting with us on Saturday and to new friend and current teammate #1 Lori for deciding to be a Trouble Maker. Both you ladies are awesome athletes.

Congratulations to the West Brazos Sting for winning 1st Place and the Southern Pride for taking 2nd Place! Many thanks to the players, coaches, and parents of the Conroe Crossfire, Lady Stros, West Brazos Sting, Texas Burn, and Southern Pride for the competition and good sportsmanship.

Thanks to the NFSA and Softball USA for hosting a first-class tournament. As always, we enjoyed the hospitality! Check out *Tournament Recaps*