Expos takes third in World Series

It was quite a summer for the Michigan Expos 13U softball team based out of Evart. (Courtesy photo)

It was quite a summer for the Michigan Expos 13U softball team based out of Evart. (Courtesy photo)

EVART -- A few weeks ago, the 13U Michigan Expos won the Class B North Region World Series in Warsaw, Ind.

This past weekend (July 22-25) they tried their luck in the 14U age group Class B North Region World Series in Schererville Ind., and finished in seventh place

"This was a lot bigger tournament with 34 teams in it and we were playing up an age group,” Coach Shaun Gray said. “We weren't really sure what our expectations were going out there. We knew we wanted to get a good seed and then avoid the loser bracket as long as we could because once you get down there, you were going to have to play back-to-back for two days to get out of it."

The 34 teams from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York were split into nine pools before being seeded into a double elimination tournament.

The Expos started their pool games on Thursdays beating TR-Select (Ind.) 6-2 and Full Tilt (Ind.) 11-1 advancing to Friday as the pool’s No. 1 seed.

Their first game on Friday, the Expos beat the Michiana Reps (In.) 7-4 on a come-from behind-win and then beat the Michiana Lady Scrappers (Ind.) 12-5.

On Saturday, they played Next Level from Vicksburg (Mi.) and lost a back-and-forth game 7-5 to the eventual champions of the tournament and dropped the Expos down to the losers bracket.

They played the 13U Outsiders and the game ended in a mercy with the Expos winning 11-3.

The following game, they came up short after sitting through a lightning delay 6-5 to Indiana Premeir, finishing the tournament in seventh place.

"I know the girls were disappointed we didn't finish better but at the end of the day what the girls did the last month was pretty impressive,” Gray said. “A 13U team coming to a 14u World Series and taking seventh out of 34 is way past what I expected and I couldn't be more proud of these girls."

Kyrah Gray and Lauryn Licari led the Expos on the weekend with 10 hits. Licari also had 10 runs, 10 RBIs, two walks. Gray scored 11 times with three RBIs and a walk. Paityn Enos had nine hits. Mattisen Tiedt and Jilly Decker each had eight hits, Kayla Winters added seven hits, Kylynn Thompson had six, Keira Elder five, Emily Miller four, Calli Duncan three, and Malley Raymond added one.

Tiedt, Enos, and Duncan all had five RBIs, Decker and Thompson each had four RBIs, Elder and Winter each notched two apiece. Elder also added 10 runs and six walks, Decker crossed the plate six times.

Tiedt and Miller scored four times each, Thompson, Winters, and Enos all came across three times, Raymond scored twice, and Duncan once. Miller also reached twice on walks.

In doubles, Tiedt led the way with three. Licari, Gray, Winters, and Decker had two, and Enos added one. Elder led the way with two triples, and Gray and Licari each had one apiece.

“The girls exceeded my expectations not just this tournament but the season as a whole,” Gray said. “I can't wait for next year to see what they can accomplish."