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Marty Mudcats compete at Nationals

Marty Mudcats competed in the NAFA 14U Fastpitch National Tournament held in Eden Prairie, Minn. There were 68 teams competing in the tournament. The team participated in three pool-play games to arrange which division to play in, to compete in the double-elimination tournament. This was to determine the championship in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Division.

The Mudcats went 2-1 in pool play. They beat Hastings Gold 8-7, lost to Champlin Park Rebels 10-1, and won over Maple River 5-0. With the top 20 teams advancing to the Gold Division, the Mudcats found themselves heading to the Gold. The tie breakers were decided on runs allowed and the Mudcats gave up only 17 runs in three games. The Mudcats played their hardest in all the games, and carried the ethical portion of competition with them through the whole tournament.

Marty entered the double-elimination tournament with a tough draw against MN Stars 1998. Marty held the Stars at 1-0 for the first two innings, but the Stars surfaced and had a big third inning, scoring 9 runs. Marty lost 0-10 to the MN Stars 98, who eventually worked their way through the bracket and won the Gold Division. Marty, entering the loser bracket, faced Kishwaukee Valley Storm out of Illinois. The game turned into a slug fest with Marty scoring 4 in the first inning and the Storm answered with 3. Marty responded with 3 runs in the second inning, and the Storm then answered with 4 runs. The game is tied entering the third inning at 7-7. The Mudcats didn’t score in the third inning, but the Storm put one more across the plate that inning to take the lead 8-7. The Mudcats came back with
W-130725mudcats-nationals-546one run in the 4th to tie it up, but the storm answered with 2 runs in the fifth. The Mudcats couldn’t answer to the last two runs and lost 8-10.

The Mudcats had a great tournament and exposure while competing against some top teams. Every one of the players stepped up their game and showed where their potential could go in addition to all the opportunities that lie out there. Not only did they compete as a team, they also learned the importance of team work, positive attitudes, support, and the importance of never giving up. Very proud of these girls and their accomplishments!


The Marty Mudcats competed in the NAFA Fastpitch Nationals this past weekend in Eden Prairie. They are pictured from left to right, in back, Anna Donnay, Amanda Roerick, Emily Utecht, Hedy Robben, Becky Holtz, and Lauren Libbesmeier. In front are Ariel Laabs, Alexa Ruehle, Shay Krippner, Madison Libbesmeier, Tashi Kunkel, and Erika Ribar. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.