The Diamond State Swoop 18U Davis team went 3-2 July 17-19 in the USA Softball Select Showcase Tournament at the Delcastle Recreation Fields.
The Swoop started July 17 with an 8-2 loss to a tough Catonsville Chaos squad. They scattered four hits in the contest.
Kylie Kruger had two hits and an RBI for the Swoop. Jordyn DiFava and Maria Kollar each had a single.
Kruger and Sierra Livingston teamed in the pitching circle for three strikeouts.
The Swoop got back into the winning column in the second game with a 5-0 shutout of the Costello New Jersey Gators 16U National squad.
Abigail O’Shields garnered the shutout with a strong eight-strikeout performance. She allowed just one walk.
The entire team got into the book with positive performances at the plate. DiFava and Kollar each slammed two doubles with Kollar knocking in two runs. Ryleigh Elliott, Olivia Owens, Sierra Livingston and DiFava all had singles. Kruger delivered an RBI with a single.
The second day of the showcase found the Swoop earning a 4-1 victory over the Firecrackers New Jersey 18U team.
Power at the plate was delivered from Elliott, Owens and Carlin Quinn as they each pounded doubles. Jordan Moore and Savannah O’Shields (one RBI) each singled for Swoop. Kruger helped out her cause by picking up two RBIs with a double.
Kruger picked up the W, scattering five Firecracker hits while putting up one strikeout.
The afternoon 100-plus heat index game wilted the Swoop bats, as they could only muster a single from Kollar and Moore against the PA Xtreme 16U National team. PA Xtreme had 17 hits in the game, including four doubles.
Elliott and Savannah O’Shields knocked in the two Swoop runs.
“Sometimes it’s tough to face different pitchers in back-to-back games during a weekend tournament,” said Elliott. “One team’s pitcher will throw 35 mph and then the next game someone will throw 65 mph, which sometimes makes it tough to adjust.”
Swoop finished the tournament on a positive note with a close 3-2 win over the Delaware Magic 18U Lockwood team.
Kruger went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Swoop. Elliott, Owens and Savannah O’Shields each garnered a hit. Livingston had a single and an RBI.
Abigail O’Shields went the distance in the circle, striking out seven and not allowing an earned run.
“We faced some really good hitting teams,” said Kruger. “Our pitchers have been working hard and kept the hitters off balance for the most part. We always say put the ball in play and good things will happen. We battled through the heat and good competition, and we just did what we do best, have fun and play the sport we love.”
The Swoop 18U squad will play in the World Series July 27 to Aug. 1 in Salisbury, Md.