STRIPES & STRIKES 16u GOLD WINS USA ELITE SELECT WORLD QUALIFIER UNDEFEATED! Team advances to World FP Championships July 9-14 in Kansas City
9/29/2017 9:57 AM

Stripes & Strikes GOLD wins 16u USA ELITE SELECT WORLD FASTPITCH CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER.  Will represent Northeast Region in Kansas City July 9-14, 2018

WESTAMPTON, NJ – The Stripes & Strikes 16u GOLD Travel Softball team swept 5 games in the USA ELITE SELECT World Fastpitch Qualifier here this weekend, earning one of the 64 bids to the World Tournament July 9-14 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The team will represent the Northeast Region,competing against the very best teams in the country.  Below is a brief capsule of each game.



Stripes & Strikes GOLD    12                   SCCSWAT,  Long Island, NY   5


Marissa Trivelpiece drilled a triple and single to drive in two runs, leading Stripes & Strikes GOLD to a 12-5 victory over SWAT of Long Island, NY.  Alyssa Stover went 2-2 to drive in two runs.  Ali Keener ripped an RBI-triple.  Jianna Booth also tripled,while Haley Naperkowski, Sarah Tuzinski, Samantha Kern and Kasidy Slusser each singled.  Tuzinski was the winning pitcher.



Stripes & Strikes GOLD    6                      SouthJersey Mystics  1


Alyssa Stover went 3-3 with a home run to pace the offense in a 6-1 win over the South Jersey Mystics.  Erin Dunn went 2-2 with a walk.  The Mystics held a 1-0 lead in to the 5th inning when Kaitlyn Peters and Jianna Booth hit RBI-singles to give S&S a 2-1 lead.  Winning pitcher Sarah Tuzinski’s 2-run triple in the 6th inning provided some breathing room.  Ali Keener, Samantha Kern, Marissa Trivelpiece and Haley Naperkowski each contributed a single.



Stripes & Strikes GOLD    11                   Gold Coast Hurricanes  1  (Harrisburg)


Marissa Trivelpiece went 2-3 and scored 3 runs, while Sarah Tuzinski drove in 2 runs with a single and sacrifice fly, to propel S&S to an easy 11-1 win over the Gold Coast Hurricanes (Harrisburg).  Samantha Kern cracked an RBI-double.  Gianna Gombeda, Ali Keener, Kayla Reich and Haley Naperkowski each singled.  Kasidy Slusser was the winning pitcher, combining with Kayla Reich on a 3-hitter.



Stripes & Strikes GOLD    10                   Empire State Huskies (Bronx, NY)  0


Sarah Tuzinski (8-0) hurled a perfect game as Stripes & Strikes advanced to the Championship Game with a 10-0 win over the Empire State Huskies.  Marissa Trivelpiece went 3-3 with an RBI-triple to lead the offense.  Haley Naperkowski drove in two runs with a triple and single, and also scored 3 runs.  Erin Dunn lined a double.  Tuzinski, Alyssa Stover, Samantha Kern and Kayla Reich each added a single.



Stripes & Strikes GOLD    6                      Empire State Huskies  3


Empire State defeated the Gold Coast Hurricanes, 10-1, to win the loser’s bracket final and advance to the Championship Game.  However, Kasidy Slusser (11-0) proved too much for the New York squad, as she scattered 7 hits in her complete game victory, walking none and striking out 7.  Stripes & Strikes took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on consecutive 2-out RBI-singles by Ali Keener and Kayla Reich.  The Huskies answered with 3 unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-2 lead.  Samantha Kern’s 2-out RBI-single tied the game in the 3rd inning.  Haley Naperkowski broke the tie in the 4th inning with a 2-out RBI-double to score Gianna Gombeda.  Slusser continued to shut down Empire State, as pinchhitter Jianna Booth and Naperkowski each delivered RBI-ground outs in the 6th inning to give S&S a 6-3 advantage.  The Huskies brought the tying run to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, but Slusser struck out Sue Garcia with runners on 2nd and 3rd, to end the game and win the tournament.  Gianna Gombeda went 2-2, scoring 3 runs. Marissa Trivelpiece, Sarah Tuzinski, Alyssa Stover, Erin Dunn, Ali Keener and Kayla Reich each singled. Kern ripped two singles and Naperkowski doubled.


With the win, the undefeated Stripes & Strikes 16u GOLD (19-0) secures an automatic bid to the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships in Kansas City, Missouri July 9-14, 2018.  Alyssa Stover was the tournament’s leading hitter at .667 (8-12). Haley Naperkowski (7-13, .538) and Marissa Trivelpiece (9-17, .529) also hit well.  Sarah Tuzinski was 3-0 in the circle with a 0.00 ERA, allowing only 1 unearned run in the tournament.  Kasidy Slusser was 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA.  Stripes & Strikes GOLD will next play Oct7-8 in the Toys for Tots College Showcase in Shamong, New Jersey.  For more information, please visit the team’s website at

Team Photo:

Front row from left:  Haley Naperkowski and Marissa Trivelpiece

2nd row from left:  Ali Keener, Erin Dunn, Gianna Gombeda, Kaitlyn Peters and Sarah Tuzinski

3rd row from left:  Head Coach Vince Trivelpiece, Alyssa Stover, Kasidy Slusser, Samantha Kern, Jianna Booth, Kayla Reich, Scorekeeper Bill Kern and Assistant Coach Bobby Condrick

Absent from photo:  Madison Kester, Kamden Miller, Gabby Rakowski, Rebecca Rossi, Gabby Vuocolo, Skylar Smith, Assistant Coaches Louie Rossi & Erik Peters.   

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