Peru Dynamite is a local travel softball program established in 2013 as a 10u all-star team. It has since grown into an organization comprised of 3 age divisions. In 2019, the program will have 4 age divisions and a total of 5 teams!
This year the 3 teams set out on a journey to compete in the NW Indiana NSA World Series for the first time in Dynamite history. We are very pleased with our performance and experience. We started Day 1 with a pep talk from program director Marie David, followed by pin trading and skills competitions. Pin trading is one of the most exciting experiences for players and a great icebreaker. Each player has pins significant to their team. So, you have 195 teams running around trying to collect as many pins as possible! In the evening, we attended a parade and block party. It’s basically a day filled with organized chaos, but it’s very memorable.
Day 2 is when pool play begins. Each team plays two games to determine the bracket seeding based on wins and losses. 14u and 10u both placed 2nd in their respective pools. 12u placed 4th for their age division.
The real work begins on Day 3 during bracket play. We had one team remain in the winner’s bracket through day 3. Our 10u age division won both of their first two bracket games. 14u went 1-1 on the day, getting knocked into the loser’s bracket during game two. 12u only played one game Friday and lost. They began elimination bracket on Day 4.
12u was hot coming into Day for with a win but fell in their final World Series game putting them at 10th place in their age division. 14u was also eliminated on Day 4, winning game 1 on the day and dropping to the Lazers in game 2. This placed them 5th in their age division. 10u battled in Day 4 and fell short in their only game of the day giving them their first loss in bracket play.
10u was the only team to advance to Day 5, with 2 other strong teams. They lost in semifinals giving them a 3rd place finish at World Series! Coach Nikki Nordman leads the 14u age division to a 3-3 record in World Series play. Pitcher Phantazia DeBoard led the way with 7 strikeouts for her team on 9 innings pitched. Karsynn Beattie added 2 strikeouts in her 5 total innings, and Madisyn Nordman chipped in two K’s during her 12 innings on the mound. In the batter’s box for 14u, Emma Eldridge, Abby Martin, Sarah Anderson, Lilly Bradshaw, and Andrea Selleck all had 7 hits during WS play. The team had a total of 67 hits during the tournament.
12u head coach Chip Buman led his team to 1-4 record in World Series. 12u starting pitcher Blayklee Buman pitched 14 innings and retired 11 batters in her World Series debut. Rlly Logan added 4 strikeouts in 4 innings in the circle. 12u batters Amaya Rader, Blayklee Buman, and Anna Clifton had their bats alive with 6 credited hits each. Their team total was 31 hits.
Greg Ambrose led his 10u squad to a 3-3 record on the week. 10u pitcher Alilyanah Johnson stayed hot all week. She pitched 26 innings and executed 50 strikeouts for her team. She also led her team offensively with 9 hits. Lillynn Steele, Kasey Murray, and Tianna Rader followed suit with 5 or more hits each. The team had 36 total hits.
This year has been successful for the program. Our 10u led the way with a 1st place finish in Akron Invitational, State NSA Runner-up, and 3rd place NSA World Series. Our 14u Girls ended the season with a 1st place at Syracuse Tournament, Runner-up in Rochester Invitational, 4th place State NSA, 5th place NSA World Series. 12u added a 1st place in 5 tool Academy Yorktown tournament and placed 10th at NSA World Series.