Expos finish seventh in World Series

REED CITY - In their third game of bracket play the weekend of July 24-25 in northwest Indiana in the American Softball Association World Series, the Michigan Expos 12U team of Reed City-Evart, took on The Indiana Magic from Lafayette, Ind., and won 8-0.

The Expos scored four in the top half of the first, then added four more in the top of the sixth to win. Savannah Buzzelli of Clare led the way with three hits,three RBIs and scored a run. Kyrah Gray added two RBIs on a hit while scoring a run. Keira Elder had a hit, two walks, two runs and an RBI. Ella Wilson of Marion and Jilly Decker both had a hit and run to their credit. Paityn Enos and Kayla Winters both scored a run and Kylynn Thompson added an RBI. Mattisen Tiedt pitched six innings of three hit shut out ball.

The next game for the Expos was against the 22-6 Diamond Sports Blaze from Remington Ind. The Expos gave up three runs in the third inning and another in the top of the seventh. Going into the last half inning of the game the Expos trailed 4-0. They put together a rally but eventually fell short 4-2 with a runner at third and the tying run up to bat. Kylynn Thompson pitched all seven innings giving up four runs on eight hits. Decker, Enos, Elder, and Tiedt had the only four Expos hits. Elder and Enos had the RBIs and Decker and Enos scored the two runs.

"We finished 7th out of 25 teams. Even though myself, and the girls know we gave a game away and could've finished higher, seventh is still pretty impressive. This is the first time that we've went to the World Series. All we can do is learn from the experience, work harder and come back and try it again next year," coach Shaun Gray said.

The highlights for the weekend were for sure the pitching and defense behind them. Thompson, Gray, and Tiedt all combined over there weekend to pitch a combine 38.2 innings, allowing 23 hits, five earned runs and 29 strikeouts compared to four walks. Defensively all four of outfielders Enos, Duncan, Wilson, and Winters all made catch after catch taking away extra base hits behind their pitchers. In the infield, Tiedt made some scoops at first base to save some bad throws.

"Up the middle, Gray and Elder were solid all weekend," Gray said. Jilly Decker especially the last four games of the tournament was a highlight reel in her own right. Back hands, missiles, bunts, even a bare hand in there. You could not have played third base better than Jilly did during that last stretch of games. Our defense overall was pretty special but she stood out."