Sonic Blast captures second
in USSSA World Series Tune-Up

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE, MO. — Taking on only Missouri teams, Sonic Blast came away from last weekend’s Adair Park 18-and-Under Girls’ Fastpitch World Series Tune-Up in good shape. The 18-and-Under girls’ softball team out of Humboldt captured second place and qualified for the USSSA World Series.
“It was a good tournament with quality teams in it. The team we lost to in the first game Friday and the championship game Sunday had pitchers with one year of college experience,” said Brad Piley, Sonic Blast head coach.
That team was the Trentonettes of Trenton, Mo. Sonic Blast, which has players from Humboldt and Iola on it, dropped a 2-0 decision to the Trenton team on Friday. Sonic Blast worked its way through to reach the championship game Sunday, losing 1-0 to the Trentonettes.
Lenzie Boring pitched all nine games for Sonic Blast.
In the opener, Boring struck out eight batters. Terra Woods led the Blast with two singles. Also on Friday, Sonic Blast defeated the Southwest Missouri Eclipse of Willard, Mo., 3-1 as Boring struck out six. Woods and Boring paced the Blast offense with two singles each.
The Blast opened Saturday’s play with a 4-2 win over the Steelers, another Missouri team. Boring struck out 10 batters plus had two singles. Megan Dillow doubled.
Dillow and Amanda Carr each had a single for the Blast as it edged St. Louis Fierce 2-1 in extra innings. Boring notched nine strikeouts.
A 3-2 loss Saturday to SBC Lightning (Mo.) in extra innings dropped the Sonic Blast into the losers bracket. Jenna Sigg had a double and a single for the Blast and Boring struck out six batters.
In Sunday’s losers bracket, Sonic Blast took on the Steelers again. This time it was a 2-1 win for the Blast as Boring fanned 10 batters. Codi Ellis delivered a single and a triple, Boring had a single and a double and Sigg hit a triple to lead the offense.
Sonic Blast dealt out a 6-4 loss to the Trojanettes (Mo.) to stay alive. Boring struck out six. Woods, Kelci Owens and Boring had two singles apiece.
The Blast reached the losers bracket final and faced SBC Lightning and pulled out a 1-0 victory. Dillow and Callie Umholtz each had two singles in the game. Sonic Blast had the bases loaded and drew a walk to score the winning run in the final inning as the time-limit expired.
That set up the rematch of Sonic Blast and Trentonettes for the tournament title. Sonic Blast lost 1-0 as Boring struck out five. Dillow, Woods and Sigg each had a single.
Other members of the team are Melissa Davidson, Taylyn Wells and Morgan Buchholz.
The weekend before, June 19-21, the Sonic Blast took second in the Champions of Diamonds in Nevada, Mo. The Blast lost 2-1 to the Topeka Heat in the championship game.