6/18/2014 6:00:00 AM Xplosion faces toughest test of summer with tournament
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
The Xplosion traveling fast-pitch softball team faces what may be its toughest test of the summer this weekend when the Philadelphia-based team enters the USFA Gulf South State World Series Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Daphne, Ala.
"Oklahoma City was tough, but this tournament will have three or four Gold teams playing in it," Coach Craig Martin said. "Those teams are made up of players whose players are being looked at by Division I schools. There are teams coming from Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Florida.
"The field is really going to be strong. We may go over there and go 0-4 but it really doesn't matter. We are looking forward to playing against the best competition we can find."
The Xplosion won the Midsummer Classic Tournament last weekend which was held in Brandon. But they had to rebound after losing a pair of pool games on Friday night.
"The games were pool games and didn't count, but we didn't play well," Martin said. "We came back the next day and beat both of the teams that beat us."
Motion 98 0
Xplosion opened Saturday's play with a 14-0 win over Motion 98, which had beaten them the night before.
Xplosion scored five in the first, two in the second and seven in the third. Meg Martin was the winning pitcher.
Mallory Vance and Sarah Brock both had two hits. Hannah Williams had one hit and four RBIs while Allie Pike added one hit and three RBIs. Hannah Hall hit a triple.
Southern Lightning 1
Xplosion then evened the score with the other team that had beaten them.
Xplosion scored two in the first, three in the third and two in the sixth. Annika Jones was the winning pitcher while Martin picked up a save.
Xplosion had a 9-4 hitting edge. Madalyn McMahon hit a triple and a single and brought in one run while Martin hit two doubles and two RBIs. Mallory Vance had two hits and Pike hit a single and brought in two runs.
Mississippi Boom 0
In the championship game of the championship bracket, Xplosion outhit Mississippi Boom 15-2.
Xplosion scored four in the first, four in the second and two in the third.
Martin was the winning pitcher.
Williams went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Vance had three hits while McMahon had one hit and three RBIs. Martin hit a double and a single.
Mississippi Boom 1
The two teams met again in the tournament championship game with the Xplosion also taking the win.
Xplosion scored one in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. Mississippi Boom's run came in the fifth.
Peyton Lippert was the winning pitcher.
Martin had two hits with three RBIs. Kayla Robertson hit a triple and brought in a run. Sarah Brock, Williams and Hannah Hall all had two hits.