MAUMEE, Ohio - The Mifflin County High Intensity 13U team fell short in its quest for a USSSA fastpitch world series title over the weekend, but the team didn't walk away empty handed - the squad came in third in the double-elimation tournament, which feature some of the best softball teams in the northeast.
Coming off a win to enter bracket play Friday, the girls were back on the winning side Saturday with a 4-3 effort against the DiamondCHIX from Medina, Ohio.
Laura Stuck, Keirra Emler, Hannah Ruby. Caitlyn Smith, Taylor McKay, Shania Teenie and Darcy Wilson all collected hits in the win.
Next up for High Intensity was Hoosier Pride out of Tipton, Ind., and another win for the local girls, who came out on top by a 2-1 margin in eight innings under international tiebreaker rules.
Mackenzie Brechbiel had two hits in the contest. Stuck and McKay added hits and Teenie hit for the go-ahead run in the final inning.
Then came the championship bracket final, which also proved to be the first loss for High Intensity. Motor City Madness from Novi, Mich., took away a 3-2 win despite multiple hits by Mifflin County's Ruby and Brechbiel, and one from Sophia Matthews.
Ruby pitched three complete games to end Saturday's play.
To get back to Motor City Madness, the local team needed a win against the Wasco (Ill.) Diamonds in the elimination bracket, but it was the locals who faced the unpleasant fate in an 11-3 loss to end their tournament run.
During the awards ceremony after the tournament three Hight Intensity players were chosen by tournament officials for the USSSA All-Tournament Team - Ruby, Stuck and McKay.