2019 16U PGF Premier Nationals

16U PGF Premier Nationals: Blow Outs & Shut Outs On Day Three

16U PGF Premier Nationals: Blow Outs & Shut Outs On Day Three

Home runs were the major theme on day three of 16U PGF Premier Nationals. See who advanced into the quarterfinals.

Jul 25, 2019 by Manny Alvarez
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Thanks to a pair of hits, a pair of walks and a pair of hit batters, Oklahoma Athletics-Madden took advantage and scored all five runs in the third inning.

It was more than enough for Janie Worthington, who threw a two-hit complete game shut out Indiana Magic, 5-0, in the fourth round of the winner's bracket at the PGF 16U Premier Nationals on Wednesday evening at Fountain Valley Sports Complex in Fountain Valley, CA.


The Oklahoma Athletics take on Texas Bombers-Jones, a 7-4 winner over Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Helbling, on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

“This win took teamwork,” Worthington said. “It took communication. We play as a team and have fun. That’s when we find out that we play a lot better when we are relaxed. We didn’t that much in the third inning. I got hit and got a bruise on the elbow, but all I could think about is that it will be a run. I kept it going.”

The North Texas commit struck out nine, while only giving up a pair of hits to Indiana-commit Macy Montgomery.

The OK Athletics got the top of the third inning going with a single and a walk, which took Magic pitcher Alexis Rudd out of the game. It was just the beginning for the Athletics with Tennessee-commit Amber Linton in the circle.

Korbyn Skipworth singled to right field to send Jenna Gibson home. A sacrifice groundout from Rylan Dooner sent Sidney McLaughlin home for the Athletics. 

Following back-to-back hit batters, the Athletics scored another run, this time on a walk that sent Skipworth home. 

An infield error off the bat of Noa Dodson sent Shannon Purcell and Grace Anderson home for the Athletics' fifth run. 

The Athletics batted around in the third inning.

“We just had to make it happen,” Athletics coach Mike Madden said. 

“Everything is even here and people that make mistakes usually lose. We kept the mistakes to a minimum. We persevere and we were strong. That third inning was a big sigh of relief. It was huge. I always said if we can get Janie five runs, we are in pretty good shape.”

The Magic couldn’t recover following the five-run inning from the Athletics as Worthington retired 14 batters in a row after a first-inning single from Montgomery, who ended that streak in the sixth inning with another single. Worthington retired the final five batters to complete the shutout victory.

“We only had two hits,” Magic coach James Rudd said. “We had one inning where we didn’t make the pitches and they made the hits. That’s a good team. We just have to come back and focus for tomorrow.”

The Magic return to the field on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with the hopes of playing a second game on Thursday and potentially four games on Friday to get to the finals in the double-elimination tournament.

“It’s going to take all of us,” Rudd said. “We have three good pitchers and it is going to take all three to get us through that road of six games, but all we are going to do is focus on one game at a time. We have to figure out what we are going to do in that game to get to the next one.”

Gibson, Skipworth and Hannah Morales each got a hit for the Athletics.

“We just have to focus on our game,” Worthington said. “It’s softball and anybody it beatable if you try your hardest and come out with your best attitude.”

In other 16U Premier winner's bracket games:

Beverly Bandits-Conroy 2, OC Batbusters-Lara 0

Regan Krause struck out 10 en route to a no-hitter for the Beverly Bandits.


Paige Geraghty 4 for 4 with an RBI and Taylor Pagen went 1 for 3 with a double for the Bandits, who face Corona Angels-Slye on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

Alexis Guevara threw a complete game for the Batbusters, who play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Texas Bombers Gold-Jones 7, Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Helbling 4

Down by one run in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded, Aaliyah Ortiz connected on a grand slam to center field to lead the Bombers to the quarterfinals.


“It felt awesome,” Ortiz said on her grand slam. “I knew we could pull it off. It wasn’t easy, but we stick together. All I was thinking was putting the ball in play or a deep fly ball, so we could tag up, but I just saw that pitch and put my bat on it.”

Olivia McFadden went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Avery Hodge went 3 for 3 for the Bombers, who take on Oklahoma Athletics-Madden on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

Beverly Bandits DeMarini plays on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Iowa Premier Gold 4, Firecrackers-Brashear 1

Jordy Bahl struck out 13 en route to a three-hit complete-game victory for Iowa Premier.

Margaret Tobias went 4 for 4 with three runs scored, while Chloe Woodruff and Brooke Dumont each went 1 for 3 with an RBI for Iowa Premier, which takes on Tennessee Mojo-Lewis on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.


“We played as a team,” Tobias said. “We had strong hits and always hustle. Defense played great today. We all made plays today and Jordy Ball has been pitching great. We played as a team. We’ve played Tennessee Mojo in Atlanta and we won that game, but we have to think they are the best team we are going to play.”

Brooklyn Carter went 2 for 3 and Piper Reed threw six innings of relief work for the Firecrackers, who play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Tennessee Mojo-Lewis 3, Aces Express Futures 2

Middle Tennessee State-commit Danielle Taitt went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while throwing a complete game to lead the Mojo to the quarterfinals. UAB-commit Makalah Harris went 2 for 4 for the Mojo.

“My teammates kept me relaxed the whole game,” Taitt said. “They knew I was a little nervous going into the sixth and seventh innings, but they calmed me down and had my back the whole game.”

Texas Tech-commit Demi Elder went 2 for 4 with an RBI double, Ciara Trahan went 2 for 4 and Brooke Tanner threw a complete game for Aces Express, which plays on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Athletics Mercado-Greg 10, EC Bullets CA 1 (6 innings)

Makenna Gibson put the finishing touches to a blowout with a two-run home run to push the Athletics to the quarterfinals.

Gibson went 2 for 4 with the two-run home run, while Angela Ramos and Kelly Breen went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Bella Flexen went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and Stevie Hansen threw six innings 14 Ks and only giving up two hits for the Athletics, who take on Tampa Mustangs-Maguire on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

“We gave our pitchers some extra room to just relax,” Gibson said. “She got to focus on getting those last three outs.”

Bianca Morales went 1 for 2 with an RBI double and Alexa Williams threw six innings in the loss for Beverly Bandits DeMarini, which plays at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Tampa Mustangs-Maguire 4, Corona Angels-Rogers 1

Florida State-commit Katie Bright launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning to lead the Tampa Mustangs to the quarterfinals.

South Carolina-commit Maddie Gallagher went 2 for 4, Central Florida-commit Maddie Droz drove in a run and Kaitlyn Felton threw a two-hit shutout for the Tampa Mustangs.

Marley Manalo went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored and Alexa Pimenta went 1 for 2 for the Angels, who play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. 

Corona Angels-Slye 10, So Cal Choppers-Fausett 2 (6 innings)

Oregon-commit Paige Sinicki went 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and five RBIs to lead the Corona Angels to the quarterfinals.

Cal State Fullerton-commit Camyl Armendariz went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run, Kaitlyn Humphreys, who is also committed Cal State Fullerton, went 3 for 4. 


Arizona State-commit Kylee Magee threw six innings to get the victory for the Angels, who take on Beverly Bandits-Conroy on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

Emma Seper went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Allie Enright went 2 for 3 for the Choppers, who play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

16U PREMIER PGF NATIONALS SCOREBOARD

WINNER'S BRACKET A

THIRD ROUND

Iowa Premier Gold 4, Firecrackers-Brashears 1

Tennessee Mojo-Lewis 3, Aces Express Futures 2

Texas Bombers-Jones 7, Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Helbling 4

Oklahoma Athletics-Madden 5, Indiana Magic-Rudd 0

WINNER'S BRACKET B

THIRD ROUND

Corona Angels-Slye 10, SoCal Choppers-Fausett 2 (6 innings)

Beverly Bandits-Conroy 2, OC Batbusters-Lara 0

Tampa Mustangs-Maguire 4, Corona Angels-Rogers 1

Athletics Mercado-Greg 10, EC Bullets CA 1 (6 innings)

LOSER'S BRACKET A

FIRST ROUND

Beverly Bandits-Moran 6, Atlanta Vipers-Halbrook 2

Explosion-Flores/Olmos 3, Athletics Mercado 1

New Lenox Lightning-Izzo 6, NC Challengers Elite 0

Texas Dirt Divas 2, Beverly Bandits-Allen 1

Birmingham Thunderbolts 4, Team North Carolina-Jones 0

PA Strikers 1, West Bay Warriors 0

Suncats-Jimenez 2, Jersey Intensity-KOD/Cerchio 1

LTG Lions-Carda 1, Tulsa Elite-Walde 0

SECOND ROUND

Beverly Bandits-Moran 4, Diamond Sports Hotshots-Shaw 1

Ohana Tigers-Quarles 7, Explosion-Flores/Olmos 1

New Lenox Lightning-Izzo 6, Ohio Hawks-Hutchinson 0

Texas Dirt Divas 8, Breakers Labs-Casillas 0

Birmingham Thunderbolts 5, Texas Blaze United 1

Corona Angels-Howard 6, PA Strikers 0

Carolina Cardinals National 2, Suncats-Jimenez 1

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman 2, LTG Lions-Carda 1

THIRD ROUND

NW Bullets-Muir 3, Beverly Bandits-Moran 2

Ohana Tigers-Quarles 1, NorCal Firecrackers-Miller 0

Georgia Impact-Gusaeff 3, New Lenox Lightning-Izzo 0

Texas Dirt Divas 3, Cal Nuggets-Woods 0

Birmingham Thunderbolts 4, Birmingham Vipers-Standifer 2

ACES Ashley 10, Corona Angels-Howard 3

Carolina Cardinals National 2, Lady Lightning Gold Elite 0

Diamond Sports Hotshots-Falterman 3, Impact Gold Jazz 0

LOSER'S BRACKET B

FIRST ROUND

San Jose Sting-Perales 7, USA Athletics-Rogers 0

Firecrackers-Hagberg 4, Hotshots Premier-Dumezich 3

Tulsa Elite-Wells 8, Universal-Wells 1

EC Bullets-Biele 4, CCA Augustine 1

So Cal Athletics-Briggs 8, OC Batbusters-Stith 4

Lady Magic 14, NW Bullets-Duman 3

Premier Fastpitch-Paulson 6, South Dakota Renegades 2

EC Bullets-Byars 9, Firecrackers-Lutterlow 1

SECOND ROUND

Impact Gold-Rodriguez 5, San Jose Sting-Perales 2

Firecrackers-Hagberg 5, American Athletics-Peterson/Kamimoto 4

Easton Preps-Hansen 8, Tulsa Elite-Wells 0

EC Bullets-Biele 3, Indiana Magic-Lamar 2

So Cal Athletics-Briggs 4, Firecrackers-Sewell 0

Lady Magic 4, Cal Breeze-Birch 0

Premier Fastpitch-Paulson 1, Fury Platinum-Bloomer 0

EC Bullets-Byars 3, Aces Fastpitch 1