Week One of the fall season has commenced in spectacular fashion as the 16U/18U squads finished their weekend at the Homerun Softball Invitational going 4-1 and 4-0 respectively. Luckily, the rain held off, and both squads were treated to a full weekend of softball.
16U Head Coach Robyn Draper proudly lead her brand new roster of 13 patiently through the weekend. With every inning gaining more momentum, the blue and white’s bats came alive while being supported by solid defence and pitching throughout. The giggles, smiles and excitement were palpable.
My goal for the weekend was to bring back the love of the game for these girls, and I think we did that. A lot of coaches are so wrapped up in their record that they forget what the game is all about. The girls came out and had fun and by the end of the weekend, we saw exactly what we knew these girls were capable of. We have an extraordinary group of young women that are eager to learn about the game and develop on & off the field to excel in this sport. I’m excited for the off-season to build the foundations necessary to compete for a provincial, and hopefully, national championship next year!
-Head Coach Robyn Draper
Welcome to the program ladies!
Echoing the success of the 16’s, our 18U scrimmaged gracious hosts Homerun Softball in two double headers. In a flurry of great at bats, 8 new TFC players made a loud and exciting playing debut. Shardon Geluch brought her big bat this weekend and hit her first 3 career HR’s for the blue and white, supporting Julia Jodouin, Allyse Volpe, Alyssa Vilchez, Julianna Campbell, Molly Edge and Keira Morrow whom all enjoyed what was easily double-digit-hit weekends. Julianna and Keira were solid walls behind the plate leading our defence and keeping great tabs on pitchers Vilchez, Jamie Jang and new addition, crafty lefty Kassidy Schiber. Milanna Payie and Melissa Morrison made quite a few stellar catches in the outfield for our pitchers, while Maggie MacInnis’ calm approach and keen eye at the plate put her on base for seemingly every at-bat all weekend.
Every year during try-outs, you try to find character players; sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t. This year I’m absolutely satisfied with the personality, skill level and character of the athletes that have made the 2016/2017 TFC 18u Gold Team. After the first weekend, I’m looking forward to see how far this squad can go.
-Head Coach Alan Spohn
This weekend was a great gauge for our team preparations leading into our college tour that starts in 2 weeks with a double header against Adelphi (DII). To read more about the 18u 2016 College Barnstorming Tour, please click here.
Please enjoy some of our photos collected by players and parents this weekend: