Roseville Heat finishes 13th in 14U national tournament
While Roseville started August by playing host to 98 14-under girls fastpitch softball teams, another team from the city was gunning for a national title in Texas.
The Roseville Heat won its first three games in the double-elimination portion of the ASA/USA Girls’ Class ‘A’ 14-Under Fastpitch National Championship in Midland, Texas, and went on to tie for 13th place out of 103 teams.
“We played as good as we possibly could with this group of young ladies,” head coach Rick Edgar said. “There are no superstars; they’re just teammates.”
The Heat split two games in pool play, beating the Oregon Thunder 8-1 and losing to Georgia Academy 5-1.
Maddie Wuelfing allowed one run and three hits in six innings against Oregon and struck out eight. Roseville scored five runs in the first inning, including two on the first of two triples by Mikayla McLanahan. She drove in four runs total.
Carly Cutler went 2 for 2 in the loss to Georgia Academy.
Roseville started double elimination by blanking the Austin (Texas) Storm 3-0 on Wuelfing’s two-hitter. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. McLanahan followed singles by Jenna Curtan and Anjelica Cisneros with a two-run hit in the first, and Katie Edgar went 2 for 3 and drove in the last run.
The Heat then defeated the East Cobb (Georgia) Bullets 6-4 in a game Rick Edgar described as a turning point.
“That was the first real big team we played, one of the top teams in the nation,” he said. “And we pretty much took it to them. The girls walked away from that game knowing we could compete in that tournament and win.”
Roseville scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Curtan walked, Cisneros reached on an error, and McLanahan singled in a run. The Heat added insurance in the seventh on Justine Garner’s two-run double. Curtan allowed four hits, and Cutler closed.
Roseville then scored three runs in the top of the second on its way to a 6-0 victory over the Missouri Pride.
Mackensie Priley had a two-run single in the second and went 2 for 3 to back a three-hitter by Cutler, who struck out five. Cutler recorded 11 groundouts, and the Heat didn’t commit an error.
The Heat then was knocked into the losers’ bracket with an 8-0 loss to the Tennessee Fury, the tournament runner-up. The Heat stayed alive by beating the Oklahoma City Force 7-2 before being eliminated by the fifth-place Texas Glory 5-1.
Wuelfing and Cutler combined for eight strikeouts against Oklahoma City, and the Heat again jumped ahead early. Brina Buttacavoli singled home Cisneros and scored on a double by McLanahan.
In the second, two runs scored on four consecutive singles by Ashlend Rodriguez, Katie Edgar, Curtan and Garner. Buttacavoli had another RBI single in the fourth and went 3 for 4. Garner homered to start the sixth and went 2 for 5. Edgar was 3 for 3 and McLanahan 3 for 4.