The Londonderry Lightning 12U softball team opened their 2012 campaign this Sunday by winning the Meredith Annual Spring Jamboree championship. The Lightning went a perfect 3-0, scoring an astounding 51 runs while only giving up a combined 3 runs. All three games were highlighted by some great pitching from Val Shay, Maryellen Leach and Ashley Andrews. Offensively, the Lightning over-powered the opposition scoring at least three runs in every inning. The field was comprised of teams from Plymouth, Meredith and Gilford.
“It was great to finally get on the field to play other teams,” stated Head Coach Marc Shay. “We have been training since early December and the girls were pumped to play and show off their hard work. It was a total team effort in all three games.” The rest of the Lighting roster include; Lauren Misiaszek, Bethany Costello, Sarah Fawcett, Maeve McPhail, Liz Niven, Haley Parker, Cassidy Raza, Katrina Rivard, Rachel Simkevich and Kiera Wright.
The Lightning will play host to the Annual Memorial Day Tournament this weekend at the LAFA complex. This year; there is more on the line for the 12U teams. The winner of the Memorial Day event will get an automatic berth to the Babe Ruth 12U World Series in Florida in August.
“There were only three sites around the country chosen to host a World Series Qualifying tournament and Londonderry was selected. This is evidence of the quality of softball the state of NH provides,” stated Pete Misiaszek, EVP of Londonderry Softball and assistant coach of the Lighting. “We were honored to be chosen as the host for this Inaugural event, we hope that this is the start of an annual event in Londonderry.”
The tournament will be comprised of teams from Litchfield, Dover, Souhegan, Windham, Barrington, Concord and Rochester. The 12U Lightning is looking forward to another great season on and off the field! In addition Shay and Misiaszek, the 12U coaching staff includes, Chris Raza, and Mike Rivard.
The 10U Lightning squad will also be playing over the weekend as part of the annual event. “We hope the town of Londonderry will come and support both teams. This is always an exciting event and with the addition of the World Series on the line; it should raise the level of play.”