6/4/2018 10:54 AM



PALMYRA, PA – The Stripes & Strikes 16u Showcase Team went undefeated in winning the Summer Classic Showdown Tournament here to start the Summer Season.  The team swept 6 games, winning the Championship Game over The West Virginia Express, 16-3 in 4 innings.  Madison Kester (.588) and Kylie Herbert (.562) were the tournament’s leading hitters, while Herbert was also 3-0 in the circle, with a 1.75 ERA. Below is a game-by-game capsule:



Game 1 - Stripes & Strikes  9                TNT West Cardinal  2


     Ali Keener went 3-3 with two doubles and 3 RBIs to pace Stripes & Strikes to a 9-2 win of TNT West Cardinal.  Jianna Booth was 2-3 with a double.  Caitlyn Sotack ripped two singles.  Sarah Tuzinski bombed a 2-run home run and Angle Popko laced a double. Madison Kester, Kasidy Slusser and Sidney Thomas each added a single.  Kylie Herbert hurled a 3-hitter for the win.


Game 2 -   Stripes & Strikes  4               Delaware Explosion-Puzo  3


     Kylie Herbert ripped two singles, and Sarah Tuzinski drilled a 2-run single as S&S edged the Delaware Explosion, 4-3.   Jianna Booth lined an RBI-single.  Madison Kester doubled, while Ali Keener, Kasidy Slusser and  Angel Popko each singled.  Booth was the winning pitcher, with Slusser picking up the save.


Game 3 -   Stripes & Strikes  11            Connecticut Crossfire 1


     Kylie Herbert crushed a triple and single to drive in a run, and also fired a 2-hitter as Stripes & Strikes defeated the Connecticut Crossfire, 11-1 in 5 innings.  Sarah Tuzinski singled twice to drive in a run.   Kasidy Slusser drilled a 2-run double, while Ali Keener ripped an RBI-triple. Jianna Booth, Angel Popko, and Kelsie Peters each lined a single.




QUARTERFINALS        Stripes & Strikes  12     Conklin Raiders (NY) 5


    Trailing 4-0 after 5 innings, Stripes & Strikes rallied for 9 runs in the 6th and 3 in the 7th to come from behind to defeat the Conklin Raiders,12-5.  Madison Kester went 3-3, driving in a run.  Mollie Corbett lined two singles and scored two runs, while Jianna Booth ripped a key 2-run single.  Kasidy Slusser hurled 5 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.  Kylie Herbert, Sarah Tuzinski, Ali Keener and Caitlyn Sotack each singled.


SEMI-FINALS    - Stripes & Strikes  7     Lackawanna Lightning (Scranton, PA)  3


     Kylie Herbert went the distance in the circle, firing a complete game 6-hitter, as Stripes & Strikes defeated the Lackawanna Lightning, 7-3. Herbert also singled sharply in 3 at-bats.  Madison Kesster roped a double and triple to drive in 3 runs.  Sarah Tuzinski blasted a single, double and sacrifice fly to driving in 2 runs.  Mollie Corbett lined two singles in two at-bats.  Ali Keener and Kelsie Peters each singled.


CHAMPIONSHIP GAME     Stripes & Strikes  16  West Virginia Express  3   (4 inn)


     Stripes & Strikes crushed the West Virginia Express, 16-3, in a game stopped due to the mercy rule in 4 innings.   Madison Kester blasted 3 singles to drive in 3 runs. Jianna Booth drove in 4 runs, going 2-2 with a sacrifice fly.  Kylie Herbert ripped an RBI-double.  Sarah Tuzinski, Ali Keener, Caitlyn Sotack,Kayla Reich, Kasidy Slusser and Angel Popko each contributed a single.    Kasidy Slusser was the winning pitcher, hurling 3 shutout innings, to pick up the win. 


     Madison Kester was the tournaments leading hitter, going 10-17 for a .588 average.  Kylie Herbert (8-16, .500), Sarah Tuzinski(8-16, .500), Jianna Booth (8-16, .500) and Ali Keener (8-16, .500) all hit.500.  In the circle, Herbert was 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA, while Slusser was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. 


      Stripes & Strikes 16u Showcase (25-7) will next play June 9-10 in an NSA World Qualifier in Bethlehem, PA.  The team is still looking to add one or two players for the Summer Season.  For more information, visit the team’s website at




1st row from left: Angel Popko, Sid Thomas, Riley Corbett, Kelsie Peters, Mollie Corbett and Kylie Herbert


2nd Row from left:  Assistant Coach Mike Gombeda, Caitlyn Sotack, Jianna Booth, Kasidy Slusser, Kayla Reich, Sarah Tuzinski, Ali Keener, and Madison Kester

Back row from left:    Head Coach Erik Peters, assistant coach Vince Trivelpiece

Missing from photo:  Hannah Krall, Kaitlyn Peters, Gianna Gombeda, and Assistant Coaches Bobby Condrick and Louie Rossi

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