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  • The Lake Shore Revenge went 16-0 overall and defeated the Lake Shore Mustangs in the playoff final to win the North County Community Girls Softball League 12U championship.
    The Lake Shore Revenge went 16-0 overall and defeated the Lake Shore Mustangs in the playoff final to win the North County Community Girls Softball League 12U championship.
  • The Lake Shore Mustangs lost only to their rival Lake Shore outfit, the league-champion Revenge, and posted a nonetheless outstanding season, going 15-2 in NCCGSL play.
    The Lake Shore Mustangs lost only to their rival Lake Shore outfit, the league-champion Revenge, and posted a nonetheless outstanding season, going 15-2 in NCCGSL play.

Revenge Win All-Lake-Shore Final For 12U NCCGSL Crown

Colin Murphy
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July 12, 2017

The Lake Shore Revenge faced stiff competition from the Lake Shore Mustangs in the North County Community Girls Softball League 12U playoff final, but the Revenge was the top Lake Shore side on the day and came away with a dramatic 14-13 win over the Mustangs to win the NCCGSL championship at Severn Danza Park on June 17.

Trailing for the entire game and with a perfect 15-0 record on the line, the Revenge rallied from four runs down to tie the game at 12-12 in the bottom of the sixth inning before the Mustangs took the lead 13-12 in the top of the seventh. Down a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Julia Moreno ignited a rally with a single and scored on a base hit by Jenna Jankiewicz. With two outs and the game tied at 13-13, Courtney Kunchick smacked a walk-off single, scoring Jankiewicz and sealing the championship victory for the Revenge.

The victory completed a 16-0 season for the Revenge, while the Mustangs lost only to their rival Lake Shore Revenge girls on the season and finished the year with a nonetheless excellent 15-2 record.

“To have two Lake Shore teams in the championship game was a tribute to the strong organization that [Lake Shore Athletic Association] has and their commitment to the sport and the girls,” said Revenge coach Ken Kunchick.

The Revenge’s success hinged on the impressive collective play of Julia Moreno, Jenna Jankiewicz, Courtney Kunchick, Sydney Reeves, Sam Larkin, Kacie Burkhart, Shayna Jankiewicz, Emily McFarland, Savannah Rickell, Landry Burns, Colette Kendall and Paige Kirby. The team was coached by manager Ken Kunchick and assistants Ray Moreno, Sean Jankiewicz and Craig Larkin.

“It was a group of girls who worked extremely hard to achieve and secure their unblemished record,” said coach Kunchick of the Revenge.

The team’s 12 girls posted an amazing .610 team batting average, keeping pressure on opposing pitchers all season. Moreno (.793) and Jankiewicz (.737) led the team in hitting with very strong batting from the other 10 girls. Impressive pitching performances were turned in all season by Burkhart, who started every game for the Revenge. Burkhart was backed up by solid pitching performances from Reeves and Kunchick.

“I have been fortunate to have coached many great teams and girls at Lake Shore, but this team was so well-rounded in all aspects of the game. I knew we had something special from the first practice,” said coach Kunchick. “All season we had strong pitching backed up by incredible hitting and solid fielding. I knew we were going to make a serious run for the title. My teams work hard and practice often. We never take any games for granted, and the girls all love the sport and were supported by energetic and enthusiastic parents. This was a team who personified the word ‘team’ in every way. They all came to every practice and game ready to play the sport they love and to show the league they were a serious contender. These girls bonded from day one and were a joy to watch and a joy to coach all season long. I am confident no one worked harder than these 12 girls to get themselves to this spot.”

The Mustangs, who are Brooke Jacobs, Krista Jacobs, Emily Burns, Alexis Born, Hannah Huth, Emilee Leone, Alli Kunes, Kelly Penkala, Deja Troxel, Reilly Windmiller, Jayda Betts, Lyla Clayville and Alivia Klipp, likewise earned due praise from their head coach, Mike Jacobs.

“They were outstanding this year,” he said. “Undefeated all year only to be beaten by another undefeated team. The friendships that were formed will be life-long and were evident on the field. They played with a purpose: Not to let each other down. ‘Be the best’ is our motto and our cheer. Be the best at home, at school and on the field. I could not be more proud of each and every one of them.”


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