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Diamonds 12U win Yale tournament

Players and coaches of the Grosse Pointe Diamonds 12U team celebrate after winning the Yale Tournament. Photo courtesy of Ron Smith

July 24, 2014
The Grosse Pointe Diamonds 12U travel softball team accomplished its first tournament win in Yale.

The road started off bumpy with a loss in the first game Saturday morning to the host Yale Explosion, but heads turned as the team made its way back by defeating the Cardinals later that day.

The Diamonds, on the following morning, kept the winning ways going as they beat the Explosion as they rallied with two-out hits by Vivian Liagre, Isabella Cusumano and Rachel Liagre.

The outfield play of Mya Perron, Brenna Marsin, Noelle Hasselle and Kayla Sylvester stopped all balls hit their way.

Fantastic pitching by Sydney Brumme led the way in the 13-5 victory.

Playing the 10U Cardinals was an experience for the girls and the outcome wasn't decided until the final swing.

Grace Haynes was on the mound, and she struck out 13 and played her position well. Outstanding infield plays were made by Natalie Wietecha and Erin Kane, and in the extra innings, the girls responded as Kendall Volpe had a nice play at catcher, flipping the ball to Haynes, who saved the inning and game.

In the second extra inning, Rachel Liagre and Volpe scored to give the Diamonds a 4-2 lead, but the Cardinals scored to make it a 4-3 game and make it interesting.

Kane made the final out, fielding a hot shot grounder at first and touched the bag. She beat the girl by a step to lead the Diamonds to the celebration.

The Diamonds are managed by Bruce Haynes and coached by Brian Mull and Tim Kane.

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