Ohio USSSA Pride will retire the number 8 jersey for the entire organization in memory of Amanda Clearcreek High School Senior and Ohio USSSA Pride Blue third-baseman Sophie Mazgay, who was killed in a car accident on Wednesday September 2nd, 2020. Sophie was starting her 10th season playing for Coach Chris Mason and teammates Rachel Mason, Emma Burke and Keirsten Hale. She was an incredibly talented athlete and a big-hearted friend to all.
Sophie Mazgayś Obituary. Local news media also did an excellent job covering the tragedy including an article written by Tom Wilson The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, an On-Air interview of Coach Chris Mason by WBNS 10 News and also On-Air with interview of organization President Danny Bay by Fox 28 Columbus.
Pride Platinum took 5th place over the week of July 13th/18th at the SEAA World Series in Pigeon Forge TN. With an 0-2 pool play record Platinum bounced back winning four out of their first five games in bracket play before losing in the semi-finals. They just finished their season this past weekend at the All-Sanction World Series finishing in the top 16 out of 80 teams. They compiled a 25-12-3 record over the summer with a top five, a top three and a first place finish playing in the 16U bracket over the fourth of July.
OHIO USSSA PRIDE Navy added two more strong finishes to their July resume with a second place finish at the USSSA Frew Park Summer Classic and a very impressive 3rd place finish at the USSSA Super 48.
“These kids have competed and played so hard this season” said 2nd year Navy coach Jason Booth. “I am so proud of their effort and their willingness to listen and learn.” “We have taken a giant step forward this season.” Navy will have a few weeks off before their season fires back up again following tryouts on August 15th.
OHIO USSSA PRIDE Blue went down to Destin Florida and came back with a 2nd place finish in the USSSA Nationals. ” It was a great week and a fantastic all round effort from this group” said head coach Chris Mason. “We wanted to end the summer finishing strong and we did just that. “It was bittersweet because you know the end is here for our senior group.” “We want to thank Hailey Maher (Marietta College), Kayla Roddy and Kiersten Hail (Thiel College), Liz Stonerock (Capital University), and Hannah Cooksey (Penn State New Kensington) for all of their hardwork and dedication to our organization. ” They have been fantastic and their schools are lucky to be getting them.” For the rest of Blue and Coach Mason its getting some rest until the new season begins August 15th.
OHIO USSSA PRIDE Platinum won the Pride Challenge a weekend ago finishing 5-0. They also finished 3rd at the Grandslam Showcase in Findlay the weekend of June 27th-28th. Both tournaments were played up in the 16U division. The Pride Challenge was dominated by Platinum pitching giving up only 6 runs in 5 games. They are back in action down in Pigeon Forge for the SEAA World Series.
Pride White had two fantastic weekends winning the USSSA Freedom Festival tournament and a very strong 6-1 runner-up finish at the Lou and Shorty (16U-18U) in Dayton OH. Their hot streak will continue in the USSSA Nationals in Destin FL.
Pride Teal won a pair of tournaments recently going a fantastic 12-1 in the Goodbye Covid-19 and the Fastpitch and Fireworks tournaments over the last few weekends. They dominated both tournaments from start to finish and have been on a roll as of late. Teal is back in action this weekend in the Great Lakes Summer Showcase.
OHIO USSSA PRIDE Royal finished a very strong 3rd place over the fourth of July weekend. They have a had a great year and the Freedom Festival was no different. They were dominant most of the weekend but fell just short in the Semi-finals. They followed that up with a solid 3rd place finish at DES Super 48 in Marion this past weekend. Royal will take the field again at the Celine Wyatt tournament in Hillard.
Pride Royal finished a sizzling 7-0 this past weekend at the Kickoff to Summer Champions in Marietta. The team hit seven homeruns lead by Dylan Hunt who hit three. Emily “ET” Travis followed Dylan’s lead with two of her own. Lynsay Vanhoose and Ally Ernsberger also each went yard for Royal. Royal is off this week but will be back in action again on the Fourth of July in Zanesville at the Eastern Ohio Freedom tournament.
OHIO USSSA PRIDE Red (10U Barnett) gets their first tournament championship of the 2020 season with a perfect 5-0 weekend at Uncle Charlie’s Showdown in Findlay Ohio. Red, leaving nothing in doubt on Sunday with 3 run-rule games, (9-1 vs. Mavericks Fastpitch, 13-1 vs. Lasers Blue, and 14-0 vs. Lady Rebels). They are back in action this weekend in Lancaster for the USSSA Central State Qualifier.