Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes Double-Dips Centerfield 7-1, 8-5 For USSSA Women’s “D” World Title At ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports

Kissimmee, Fl.– Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes upended Centerfield, 7-1 and 8-5 in a double finals, to capture first place in the USSSA Women’s Class “D” World Tournament September 18-21 at ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports in Kissimmee, Fl.

 

The Columbus, Oh. team, which lost their fifth game of the tournament, roared out of the losers’ bracket to knock off five straight teams and compile a 9-1 record for the weekend.

 

The champions outscored their opponents 95-49, overcoming a 96-team field en route to the title.  They survived two nine-inning games and won three games in their final at bat.

 

The pitching of tournament MVP Marilyn Clifford, solid defense, plus “team chemistry” helped carry Ohio Heating to it’s eighth USSSA title of the year, said manager Toby Marvin.

 

“Marilyn pitched a great tournament,” remarked Marvin.  “We only gave up double digits one time the whole weekend.”

 

Clifford also contributed a .500 performance offensively.

 

Marvin said his team was “lights out” on defense.

 

“I would put our defense pretty much against any team out there,” said Marvin, whose team held five of their nine victims to five runs or less.

 

Regarding team chemistry, Marvin commented that Ohio Heating “is more of a family than a team.

 

“It’s been our strong suit all year.  I can’t praise it enough,” said Marvin.

 

Shortstop Erica Remshard (.524) was named the tournament’s Offensive MVP.

 

“She was our leadoff hitter and was one of our batting leaders for the weekend, and also made some tremendous plays at shortstop,” said Marvin.

 

Joining Clifford and Remshard on the All-World team were Lacey Elliott (.563), Katie Risner, Kelsey Price (.585), Jordan Angel, Alysia Bradley and Stacy Roth (.714).

 

“Lacey was named for her defense at 2nd base and timely hitting,” said Marvin.  “Katie only missed one ball in ten games at 1st base.  She scooped everything and had a couple of clutch hits for us.”

 

Kelsey Price “played a lock-down left field and hit all weekend,” continued Marvin.  “Same thing with Jordan Angel in left-center.  Nothing got by her.  She ran down a lot of fly balls and kept everything in front of her.”

 

Marvin called Alysia Bradley “our team leader” and Stacy Roth “our rock.

 

“Alysia is our catcher and she kept everybody going, even when we were down.  She played a great tournament.  And it seems like every time we needed a clutch hit, Stacy was there.  And she threw out several base runners from right-center.”

 

Misti Sellers chipped in with a .531 weekend.

 

Ohio Heating allowed only ten runs in their first four games, starting with a 19-3, six-inning blowout of Karma (Atlanta, Ga.).  The Ohio club never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 5-1 lead with three in the 1st and two in the 2nd, then blowing the game open with seven in the 5th and six in the 6th.  Daphene Butcher had a two-run single to put her team on the board in the top of the 1st, then picked up another rbi with a base hit to cap off the 2nd.  Misti Sellers two-run single was the big blow in the 5th, while the 6th featured an rbi double by Sara Hutson, a two-run single by Lora Strong, a two-run homer by Erica Remshard, and a two-run triple by Lacey Elliott.

 

Kelsey Price banged out four hits, and Remshard, Marilyn Clifford, Strong, Butcher and Alysia Bradley shared fifteen.

 

Next Associettes used a four-run 5th to break a 2-2 tie and went on to brush aside Voodoo Softball (W. Fairview, Pa.) 7-2.  Kelsey Price tripled in the go-ahead run, then scored on a sac fly by Stacy Roth.  Jordan Angel followed with a two-run double.  Daphene Butcher had an rbi single to close out the scoring in the 7th.  Pitcher Marilyn Clifford held Voodoo scoreless over the final five innings.

 

Price collected three hits to pace the offense.  Roth, Butcher and Lacey Elliott each went 2-for-3.

 

Ohio Heating needed extra innings to trim FYF/Elite/DeMarinia (Sylmar, Ca.) 3-2 in game three, pushing across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.  Marilyn Clifford had a leadoff single, went to 2nd on a base hit by Kelsey Price, then scored the game winner when the shortstop fielded a Stacy Roth grounder and threw the ball into the dugout.

 

Roth was perfect in three at bats, while Clifford and Price chipped in two hits apiece.

 

The Ohio club rolled past Deal With It (Jacksonville, Fl.) 9-3 in game four.  After an rbi double by Lacey Elliott broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 3rd, Ohio Heating pulled away with four in the 4th, one in the 5th and one in the 6th.   The 4th featured a two-run double by Erica Remshard and an rbi double by Marilyn Clifford.  Remshard picked up another rbi with a base hit in the 5th, while Lacey Elliott added an rbi double in the 6th.

 

Stacy Roth contributed four hits, while Remshard and Elliott each went 3-for-4.

 

A six-run 6th by Long Island Hurricanes (E. Northport, NY) doomed the Associettes to an eventual 8-5 loss in game five, despite another 4-for-4 performance by Stacy Roth.  Associettes held a 4-1 lead after three, but could only muster a lone run in the 5th over the final four innings.

 

Ohio Heating’s offense remained in a slump for three innings in game six, as they found themselves trailing FYF/Elite/DeMarini 7-4 after three innings.  But in the 4th they plated three runs to knot the score, then took a narrow 8-7 lead on a Marilyn Clifford rbi single in the 5th.  Finally in the top of the 6th, the Columbus club exploded for nine runs to invoke the mercy-rule.  Jordan Angel’s rbi single ignited the rally.  Later in the inning, Misti Sellers delivered a two-run single.  Finally Daphene Butcher singled in a run to close out the scoring at 17-7.

 

Stacy Roth and Erica Remshard shared eight hits, and Clifford and Kelsey Price chipped in three apiece.

 

Ohio Heating’s 2014 season stood on the brink for six and a half innings in game seven, as they found themselves trailing Southern Sass (Corinth, Tx.) 7-5 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  But one-out rbi singles by Katie Risner and Misti Sellers forced the game into extra innings, where Risner clutched up once again, drilling a huge two-out double down the right field line to lift her club an 8-7 victory.

 

Misti Sellers pounded out four hits, and Elliott added three hits to pace the offense.

 

There was plenty more drama in the losers’ bracket finals, where the Long Island Hurricanes used a six-run 2nd, a three-run 3rd and a two-run 4th to take a commanding 11-4 lead.  Ohio Heating trimmed the deficit to 11-6 with two in the bottom of the 4th, then in the 6th rallied for six runs to stun the New York team 12-11.  Erica Remshard got the scoring underway with a two-run single.  Rbi singles by Marilyn Clifford and Stacy Roth made it a one-run game at 11-10, then Daphene Butcher stroked a two-run double to put her club ahead to stay at 12-11.  Clifford held the Hurricanes scoreless in the top of the 7th to preserve the win.

 

Clifford, Kelsey Price, Stacy Roth and Jordan Angel each went 3-for-4 to help propel their team into the finals.

 

The Associettes never trailed in the first championship game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead over Centerfield (Rock Hill, SC) with one in the 1st, three in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and one in the 4th.  Daphene Butcher’s sac fly got her team on the board in the top of the 1st.  The 2nd featured a Katie Risner sac and rbi singles by Marilyn Clifford and Kelsey Price.  Ohio Heating got another sac fly from Jordan Angel in the 3rd, then Clifford picked up another rbi with a double in the 4th.  Centerfield averted a shutout with a run in the bottom of the 4th, but Heating offset that with a Jordan Angel rbi single in the 7th to make the final 7-1.

 

Erica Remshard and Misti Sellers combined for six hits in the win.

 

Centerfield drew first blood with three runs in the top of the 3rd in the second finals.  The Associettes tied the game with two in the bottom of the 3rd and one in the 4th, only to have Centerfield go ahead again with a run in the top of the 5th.  But the Ohio team answered with three in the bottom of the 5th and two in the 6th to take an ominous 8-4 lead heading into the 7th.  Rbi singles by Stacy Roth and Lacey Elliott vaulted their team into the lead at 5-4 in the 5th.  Then Jordan Angel doubled to provide an insurance run.  The lead swelled to 8-4 on back-to-back rbi doubles by Erica Remshard and Marilyn Clifford in the bottom of the 6th.  Centerfield pushed across a run in the top of the 7th to close out the scoring.

 

Clifford and Elliott banged out three hits apiece to power the champions.

 

Ohio Heating manager Toby Marvin said that his team’s come-from-behind win over Centerfield in the second finals “was the proudest moment I have had since I’ve been around this team all year.

 

“You could tell we were running low on gas, but we sucked it up and got behind each other and fought our way through it,” said Marvin.  “I’ve never been more proud of an effort by any team that I have ever coached.”

 

Marvin made no apologies for his team’s fifth round 8-5 setback to the Long Island Hurricanes.

 

“They were a good hitting team and capitalized on every mistake we made,” he said.

 

Marvin acknowledged that his team’s chances of rallying back through the losers’ bracket after the Hurricanes’ loss “were not good.

 

“I thought we had a chance to finish in the top five, but seeing some of the teams that were left there, I didn’t know if we would be able to pull it out.”

 

Despite winning two nine-inning games – and three in their final at bat – Marvin declined to pick a “pivotal” game of the weekend for his team.

 

“Every game was pivotal,” he stated.  “It was the World, and the toughest competition we’ve seen all year.  Every team just kept getting better and better.

 

“These girls were on a mission,” Marvin concluded.  “These girls were ring-chasing, and they were totally a team unit.  They put all personal agendas aside and had the one goal, and went out and got it.”

 

 

For final standings, tournament game scores and all-tournament team, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.usssa.com/sports/tournament3.asp?TournamentID=1061008

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes team members named to the All-World team included, left to right, Alysia Bradley, Erica Remshard, Lacey Elliott, Marilyn Clifford, Kelsey Price, Katie Risner, Stacy Roth, and Jordan Angel. Photo courtesy of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes softball team.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes team members named to the All-World team included, left to right, Alysia Bradley, Erica Remshard, Lacey Elliott, Marilyn Clifford, Kelsey Price, Katie Risner, Stacy Roth, and Jordan Angel. Photo courtesy of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes softball team.

 

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes of Columbus, Oh. double-dipped Centerfield, 7-1 and 8-5, to capture first place in the USSSA Women’s Class “D” World Tournament September 18-21 at ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports in Kissimmee, Fl.  Front row, left to right, are Misti Sellers, Erica Remshard , Jordan Angel, Sara Hutson, Lora Strong, Daphene Butcher, Jenna Patterson, and Marilyn Clifford.  In the back row are Fred Dunson, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Stacy Roth, Kelsey Price, Katie Risner, Jen Lykins, and Toby Marvin.  Photo courtesy of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes softball team.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes of Columbus, Oh. double-dipped Centerfield, 7-1 and 8-5, to capture first place in the USSSA Women’s Class “D” World Tournament September 18-21 at ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports in Kissimmee, Fl. Front row, left to right, are Misti Sellers, Erica Remshard , Jordan Angel, Sara Hutson, Lora Strong, Daphene Butcher, Jenna Patterson, and Marilyn Clifford. In the back row are Fred Dunson, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Stacy Roth, Kelsey Price, Katie Risner, Jen Lykins, and Toby Marvin. Photo courtesy of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes softball team.