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Ohio Heating/ KMT/ Miken/ Associettes Bags 7th In Springdale USSSA Women’s Invitational Behind Clifford, Roth

Springdale, Oh.—Marilyn Clifford and Stacy Roth led Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes to their 7th USSSA Women’s title of the year July 26th in the Springdale Women’s Invitational.

 

Pitcher Marilyn Clifford tossed two shutouts and only made three outs the entire weekend (.786), and Stacy Roth batted .692 to help lead the champions.

 

Ohio Heating swept past four opponents in the ten-team affair, shutting out Chuck’s Chicks of Louisville, Ky. 5-0 in the championship game.

 

Previously the champions had mercy-ruled Quality Tire 16-0 in their opener, squeezed out a 9-8 victory over Chuck’s in their final at bat, and rallied to out-slug Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law to pull out a 19-14 victory in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

Against Chuck’s in game two, the Associettes outscored Chuck’s 6-1 in their final three at bats to overcome a 7-3 deficit, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th on an rbi single by Jordan Angel.  Then in the winners’ bracket finals, they roared back from 10-0 and 14-4 deficits, scoring fifteen unanswered runs over the last four innings, to stun Jake’s.  Angela Barney singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 6th.

 

The winners have now won seven of nine USSSA women’s tournaments during the 2014 campaign.

 

Ohio Heating manager Toby Marvin credited his team’s championship to “team chemistry and having fun.

 

“This team is more like a family than like a normal team,” pointed out Marvin.  “All they talk about is how much fun they have together, and they look forward to the next weekend.”

 

The overall play of pitcher Marilyn Clifford (.786), who recorded two shutouts, along with the offensive leadership of Stacy Roth (.692), Jordan Angel, Kelsey Price, Daphene Butcher and Alysia Bradley, plus the defensive play of Roth and Price, were also instrumental in helping carry Ohio Heating to the title, said Marvin.

 

“Marilyn only made three outs all weekend and pitched a great tournament,” noted Marvin.  “She never walks anybody and always fields the middle well, and that’s big in women’s ball.”

 

Marvin called Roth “the best female player in Ohio.

 

“She’s a Hall of Famer at Ohio State and my best all-around player.  She plays right-center for us and catches everything in her area.  And she probably has the best arm in my outfield.”

 

Jordan Angel batted .643 “and seemed to come up with clutch hit after clutch hit, including the game winning hit against Chuck’s that we won 9-8,” said Marvin.

 

“And she’s solid in left-center.”

 

Kelsey Price (.615) also shined in the outfield, said Marvin.

 

“She plays left and tracks all the fly balls with her great speed,” said Marvin.  “She never misses anything.  And she hits the ball hard.”

 

Marvin said that Alysia Bradley (.615) is like “our team mom.

 

“She’s our leader.  Every time we get down like we did against Godbey, she gets everybody fired up.  And she played 1st base for us and played it very well.”

 

Daphene Butcher also batted .615 “and played a great 3rd base for us all weekend,” said Marvin.

 

A six-run 1st and a nine-run 3rd propelled Ohio Heating past Quality Tire 16-0 in just four innings in game one.  Marilyn Clifford singled to drive in the first run of the game and scored on a double by Stacy Roth.  Later in the inning, Daphene Butcher had a big rbi triple.  Then in the 3rd Erica Remshard had a bases-clearing triple and Butcher collected two more rbi’s with a double as the duo accounted for five of their club’s nine runs.

 

Kelsey Price and Butcher were both perfect in three trips to the plate, and Laura Strong chipped in with a 2-for-2 game.  Strong and Clifford combined for the shutout.

 

Next Associettes overcame a 7-3 deficit against Chuck’s Chicks and took a brief 8-7 lead on the strength of a five-run 5th.  Chuck’s knotted the score with a run in the top of the 6th, but in the bottom of the 7th, Marilyn Clifford singled, moved to 3rd on base hits by Kelsey Price and Stacy Roth, and trotted home with the game winner on a single by Jordan Angel.

 

Clifford banged out four hits, Daphene Butcher added three, and Alysia Bradley chipped in with two hits to pace the offense.

 

That lifted Ohio Heating into the winners’ bracket finals, where Jake’s Auto jumped out to a 10-0 lead over two, and held a 14-4 advantage after three.  But the Columbus team scored fifteen unanswered runs over the next four innings to emerge with a 19-14 victory.  After trimming the deficit to one with six runs in the 4th and three in the 6th, Associettes got rbi singles by Daphene Butcher and Angela Barney to take the lead for good at 15-14 in the 6th.  Then in the 7th, Stacy Roth singled in a pair of insurance runs, and Jordan Angel and Lacey Elliott followed with rbi singles to close out the scoring.

 

Kelsey Price and Roth pounded out four hits each, and Laura Strong and Angel shared six hits.  Pitcher Marilyn Clifford held Jake’s scoreless after the 3rd.

 

Jake’s fell again in the losers’ bracket finals to Chuck’s, setting up a rematch between

Chuck’s and Ohio Heating.  But the Kentuckians proved no match for the Buckeye team in the finals, as pitcher Marilyn Clifford not only recorded her second shutout of the tournament, but also knocked in the eventual winning run with an rbi single.  After both teams put up goose eggs in the first two innings, Associettes struck for three runs in the bottom of the 3rd on rbi singles from Clifford and Kelsey Price and a Stacy Roth sac fly.  The champions then closed out the scoring in the bottom of the 6th on a sac by Daphene Butcher and an rbi single by Angela Barney.

 

Clifford and Jordan Angel combined for six hits to power Ohio Heating.  Erica Remshard, Lacey Elliott and Alysia Bradley each went 2-for-3.

 

“We had been watching Chuck’s all day, and we knew they scored in spurts and we didn’t think that three runs were going to be enough,” said Ohio Heating manager Toby Marvin of the championship game.  “But then our defense took over and I think they were running out of gas.”

 

Marvin said that he was not surprised with his team’s come-from-behind 9-8 win over Chuck’s in the second round.

 

“We seem to always battle back from behind when we play them,” observed Marvin.  “We played them earlier this year at Expressway Park and came from behind and beat them 5-4.  So we knew we would have our hands full with them.”

 

Marvin said his team was also fortunate to get past Jake’s Automotive 19-14 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

“It’s the eighth time we’ve played them this year and it’s always a battle,” said Marvin.  “Godbey (Jake’s) scored all their runs in the first three innings and didn’t score in the last four against Marilyn Clifford.”

 

Marvin said it’s no secret why his team has been so successful this year, winning seven out of nine USSSA events they’ve entered.

 

“Defense wins championships,” summed up Marvin.

 

For final standings, tournament game scores and all-tournament team, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.usssa.com/sports/tournament3.asp?TournamentID=1078922

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes rolled to their 7th USSSA Women’s title of the year July 26th in the Springdale Women’s Invitational, sweeping past Chuck’s Chicks 5-0 in the championship game en route to a 4-0 record.  In the front row, left to right, are Jordan Angel, Daphene Butcher, Lora Strong, and Erica Remshard.  In the back row are Coach Dan Clifford, Marilyn Clifford, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Stacy Roth, Jenna Patterson, Angela Barney, Kelsey Price, and Manager Toby Marvin.  Photo courtesy of Myra Burwell.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes rolled to their 7th USSSA Women’s title of the year July 26th in the Springdale Women’s Invitational, sweeping past Chuck’s Chicks 5-0 in the championship game en route to a 4-0 record.  In the front row, left to right, are Jordan Angel, Daphene Butcher, Lora Strong, and Erica Remshard.  In the back row are Coach Dan Clifford, Marilyn Clifford, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Stacy Roth, Jenna Patterson, Angela Barney, Kelsey Price, and Manager Toby Marvin.  Photo courtesy of Myra Burwell.

 

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