2021 Nationwide Conference USSSA
Windy City Classic
Carol Stream, IL
Low Bob’s went into the Windy City Championship Game offensively strong as they had the momentum from the Kut4 Sports Atlanta Major the previous weekend. During the Kut4 Sports Atlanta Major, Low Bob’s went 4-0 throughout the weekend, scoring a total of 82 runs and only allowing 60. The team hoped to continue their winning streak in the Windy City Major. In the top of the first inning, Low Bob’s scored three runs off the bat. SNI stopped the rally when a line drive off of Tiffany Shaw’s bat was snagged by the first baseman.
SNI battled back in the bottom of the first. Offensive MVP, Graycen Dye, saw the opportunity and hit one in the centerfield gap, driving two runs across the plate. Shelby Engle placed one by the shortstop, added another run to the board to tie up the game. Low Bob’s felt the pressure of the Lady SNI offense and had a throwing error, putting SNI in the lead, 4-3.
Lady SNI continued to find the sweet spot on their bats, dominating against Low Bob’s defense. The team continuously hit back up the middle, allowing their runners to advance on the bases. Low Bob’s came together as a team to tighten up their defense, ending Lady SNI’s offensive rally.
Low Bob’s didn’t let the SNIs lead affect them as they were eager to secure their second Conference event win in a row while going undefeated. The team was chasing 9-5 and came back in the top of the seventh when Shanya Finley hit a 2 RBI Triple taking the lead 10-9.
SNI got the first two runners on base in the bottom of the 7th. But failed to score. Christina Ciolek (CC), Defensive MVP, made the game-saving catch to secure the tournament win. Ciolek only made 3 outs in 4 games and impressed everyone with the game-saving catch for the last out of the tournament.
Christina Ciolek states “One thing I love about my team is that no matter what someone has my back. We played as a team, not as individuals. We ‘played the game!’ We found the holes, we hit our spots and we were aggressive. We took extra bases, we knew each situation, and we picked each other up! “
Jim Pilla, Conference USSSA Tournament Director, also watched the Championship game which is considered one of the most exciting games of the season so far. Pilla stated it was “an extremely intense, and a very exciting game to watch!”
Another standout was Tournament MVP, Terri Ross. Ross only made 2 outs in 4 games but was unstoppable on offense. She hit 2 home runs, 11 RBI’s and ended with a .875 OBA.
Ted Carter, Low Bob’s Head Coach, was impressed with how well the team played throughout the weekend.
"It was a total team effort with everyone playing hard and contributing with timely hitting and key defensive plays all weekend. In the last game against SNI, we never gave up and had a never-quit attitude. That's how we have played all year."
Congratulations to both teams, Low Bob’s and Lady SNI, for a competitive and memorable game.
Christina Ciolek's game-winning catch!!!
1st Place Women's Major – Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (KY-Major)
2nd Place – Lady SNI/LazyLlama/DeMarini/LS (FL-M)
3rd Place – Smash It Sports/Traders Reloaded (AR-A)
4th Place – MPT Rentals/AOB/Juno Athletics (NJ-M)