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West U 12U Wave Team Finishes Fifth in World Series

July 16, 2013 By:InstantNewsWestu Staff

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The West University Softball Association’s 12-and-under Wave team finished in fifth place out of a staggering 108 teams that competed in the 12U-B bracket at the 2013 United States Fastpitch Association World Series, held July 7 – 13 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The 2013 12U West U Wave are (pictured l to r): Annie Budnik (SS), Sophia Haugh (2B), Delaney Kelly (3B/1B/P), Taylor Le (C), Rachel Boeker (1B), Hattie Meehan (OF), Megan Hanratty (OF), Riley Spengeman (3B), Lauren Harpold (P), Kate Williford (OF), and Allison Clark (OF/C); not pictured are Emiliann Burns (OF) and Maddie Naumann (OF).  Wave coaches include Sean Meehan, Grant Harpold, Truc Le and Mac Chistensen.

The 2013 12U West U Wave are (pictured l to r): Annie Budnik (SS), Sophia Haugh (2B), Delaney Kelly (3B/1B/P), Taylor Le (C), Rachel Boeker (1B), Hattie Meehan (OF), Megan Hanratty (OF), Riley Spengeman (3B), Lauren Harpold (P), Kate Williford (OF), and Allison Clark (OF/C); not pictured are Emiliann Burns (OF) and Maddie Naumann (OF). Wave coaches include Sean Meehan, Grant Harpold, Truc Le and Mac Chistensen.

The USFA World Series is one of the largest girls’ fastpitch softball tournaments in the country, attracting close to 500 teams in six age groups to the beaches of Florida each July.  The Wave secured its top five finish by winning its first five games of the week, beating top squads from Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee. Two of these wins featured dramatic, final at-bat, walk-off hits to clinch victory.

WUSA tournament teams have posted top ten finishes at the USFA World Series in each of the last four years.  However, this summer’s 12U Wave was the first to play in the tournament’s final-day, eight-team Diamond Bracket that decides the tournament champion.

“We certainly had some clutch hitting, but this team won games with solid pitching and stellar defense,”   Team Manager Sean Meehan said about the secret to the team’s success. “I just could not be more proud of these girls.  They have worked so hard all summer.  What a fantastic conclusion to a great season.”

Every member of the 12U Wave participated in WUSA’s regular spring league season before trying out for WUSA’s summer tournament squads in April.  Despite qualifying as a recreational league all-star team, the Wave competed exclusively in open/select tournaments this summer against teams that play year-round.  The Wave posted at least a top-quarter finish in every tournament it played, including a 2nd and a 3rd place finish, as well as a top ten finish in a 50-team field at the USFA Texas State tournament in Beaumont.

WUSA is the largest recreational girls’ softball league in Texas, and is operated by an all- volunteer board of directors and auxiliary. Registration for WUSA’s fall season will begin Aug. 1 and run through Labor Day.

For more information, visit the league’s website at www.wusa.org.

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