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  • The Havenwood 12U Revolution swept the winner’s bracket of the United States Specialty Sports Association State A Championship tournament to win the state crown at Rockburn Branch Park in Howard County this June. The team is 52-15-2 overall since beginning play this past fall.
    The Havenwood 12U Revolution swept the winner’s bracket of the United States Specialty Sports Association State A Championship tournament to win the state crown at Rockburn Branch Park in Howard County this June. The team is 52-15-2 overall since beginning play this past fall.

Havenwood 12U Revolution Are USSSA State Champions

Colin Murphy
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July 12, 2017

The Havenwood Revolution 12U fast-pitch softball team achieved its primary goal on June 18, winning the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) State A Championship at Rockburn Branch Park in Howard County.

The team of Kendall Thomas, Alison Pollack, Sofia Ameur, Caitlyn Cornwell, Ella Wood, Delaney Ridgell, Lily Wade, Ashlyn Bishop, Ashley Shawyer, Emily Barnhart and Skylar Barton went 3-0 in the tournament, posting victories over the Ellicott City Chill, Frederick Heartbreakers and Northern Calvert Fury to win the state’s highest crown.

“The girls came together and played great as a team all tournament,” said head coach Randall Thomas.

Much like they have been on the tournament circuit over the past 12 months, the Revolution were dominant in winning the state title. The team outscored its opposition 24-3 in three wins, capping its title pursuit by run-ruling the Fury 9-0 in the championship game. Kendall Thomas pitched a shutout in the title-game victory, while Ameur and Wood drove in two runs apiece and Shawyer had five putouts.

The win was the latest in a long list of successes for the Revolution, who have racked up an amazing 52-15-2 record since the start of fall 2016 play. The team captured the USSSA Worth Slam and May Madness tournament championships this spring and was runner-up at the Crabtown Crackdown in April. Last fall featured championships at the Potomac River Clash NIT and Strike Out Autism tournaments, and the team has three other third-place tournament finishes.

The core of the team has been together for four seasons, with Thomas, Pollack, Cornwell and Ameur all playing since the team was a 10U outfit in 2014. The Revolution went 23-15 that first year, then 45-20 as 10-year-olds in 2015. After posting a 20-30-2 record as mostly 11-year-olds in their first season playing 12U ball in 2016, the team has surged to success this season, going 17-3-1 in the fall and 35-12-1 this spring and summer for a stellar 52-15-2 overall record.

Head coach Thomas, who coaches the team with assistant coaches Kathy Pollack, Joe Wood, Kenny Shawyer, Jon Wade and Buzz Cornwell, said the team visualized its path to the state championship and pursued its goals with singular focus.

“We had a team goal coming into this season to be the best in the state of Maryland and win the state championship,” said Thomas. “They worked hard for this goal, and I’m so proud of their accomplishment.”

 


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