U14 Novice Select Team 2017
The 2017 U14 Select season was an interesting one with the majority of the team comprising of last year’s U12 Select players who moved up. With the departure of two key pitchers and a coaching change, the U14 Select team was rebuilt. Coaches Sergio Pullara and Albert Saltarelli headed a team of returning Select players, with the exception of 2 girls, so they were no strangers to competitive softball. With two senior U14 veterans, Kyla Ciomyk and Caitlyn Wunderlich, the team set off for their journey.
The team participated in five tournaments this season: Brampton, Brantford, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill and the OSSTA Championships, held in Brantford. The first tournament was an indicator of the competition the team would face all season. With each tournament, the Richmond Hill team grew stronger and more competitive with increased knowledge. Practices became more intense each week.
At the OSSTA Championships on August 26/27, 18 teams participated. Of the four teams that Richmond Hill faced, three were new opponents. With a strong win over Burlington, RH faced Exeter in the final game of the round robin, the eventual winners. The RH girls played their best defensive game all season against a powerful and strong Exeter team. Exeter’s pitching was top notch and created difficulties for our batters, however the Rebel girls were on their game. With Vanessa Hook leading the pitching charge, the few hits allowed were followed by stellar throws from the RH catchers Kyla Ciomyk and Serena Saltarelli to nail aggressive base runners. With a low final score of 5-2 and a win by Whitby, the Rebels advanced to the elimination round.
On Sunday morning, knockout day for the tournament, the Rebels played Etobicoke. Unfortunately, some misplays in the first and second inning yielded a lead too great to mount a comeback and the Richmond Hill Rebels fell to a good pitching Etobicoke team. Overall, Richmond Hill finished in 10th place out of 18, a great showing for a team that has not played together before and a new coaching staff.
*Congratulations to the girls on their successful year of Select! *
Team roster (in no particular order): Serena, Ruby, Sophie, Melissa, Kyla, Rosanne, Vanessa, Abigayle, Caitlyn, Evette and Ava.