2016 16U


Head Coach:  Glen Warholic – email Coach GlenMarylandStars-star-logol
Assistant Coach: Chris Carmack
Assistant Coach: Gary Maring
Assistant Coach: Cary Windsor


Stars win one for our Warriors Tournament

Wins for Warriors Tournament 16 & under “B” May 29, 2016


Wins for Warriors Tournament 16 & under “B” Finalist May 30, 2016


The Maryland Stars 14U Girls Fastpitch Softball team played “up” in the USSSA Wins for Warriors tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.

The team came away with a wonderful weekend of softball by winning 9 games in a row before losing in the championship to the West End Sliders (Richmond, VA).

The Stars got contribution from all of their players throughout the tournament as the young team held their own against teams with players 2-3 years older than some of the Stars players.

On Saturday the Stars won all 4 of their games, defeating Hereford Bulls 7-5, then the WHC Fever 6-2, then the Olney Cougars 16-4 and finally the Harford Diamonds 5-3.

The day started great for the Stars as Ally Harding led off the first game with a line drive home run.  Harding also pitched most of the first game shutting down the bats of the Bulls.

In the game versus the Fever, Brianna Kessler held their bats at bay as she tossed a superb game and only needed relief for the last 2 outs of the game.  Kessler then totally dominated the Cougars, and the Stars hitters knocked out 15 hits to coast to their easiest game of the weekend.  Madi Tobery and Caroline DiNenna each collected 2 hits and Katherine Taylor got 1 and an RBI.

In their final game of Saturday, the Stars won in the last inning on a 2-run walk off home run by Erika Bitzel in an exciting 5-3 win over the Diamonds.  It was Bitzel’s second home run of a hot hitting day for her.  Lindsey Windsor pitched a complete game and went 2 for 3 at the plate.  Also of special note in this game was the excellent receiving of catcher, Olivia Carmack, whose ability to block balls in the dirt kept 2 runs from scoring in the game and thus kept the outcome in the Stars favor.

Sunday featured two more wins for the Stars as they handily defeated the Germantown Titans 9-3 behind another consistent offensive attack.  Lindsey Windsor tossed a complete game and held the Titans bats silent all for a small outburst in one inning.  Tobery, Kayla Cox, Caitlin Eader, DiNenna and Carmack led the Stars offense.

On Monday the Stars would play 4 games in a row winning all but the championship game.

The day started very slowly for the Stars, falling behind 6-0 to the East Coast Titans, then the Stars started their come back with 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth and then 2 more in the fifth to force extra innings.  It the first extra inning the Stars scored in walk off fashion to win 7-6.  This game featured excellent relief pitching by Kessler to keep the initial deficit from growing.  Hitting was led by Eader, Cox, and Bitzel.

In the second game the Stars had another close game and won again in walk off fashion defeating the Hughesville Hustle 6-5.  Again the Stars offense was led by Windsor, Cox, and Harding.  The defense was led by Jasper Killian who helped turn a double play.  DiNenna played stellar outfield despite an ailing throwing arm.

The third game was a rematch with the Harford Diamonds, but this time the Stars won more decisively 4-0 behind a well-pitched game by Windsor and some timely hitting by Harding, Cox and Windsor to support herself.

Unfortunately the Stars ran out of gas in the championship game falling 10-1 to the West End Sliders.  But despite this loss USSSA donated $10 for each win the Stars had in the tournament, 9, and overall USSSA donated $2900 to this charity.

Maryland Stars Win Queen of Diamonds Tournament

Maryland Stars Win Queen of Diamonds Tournament 16 & under “B” Champions June 12, 2016

The Maryland Stars Girls Fastpitch Softball team won the USSSA Queen of Diamonds tournament with an unblemished record of 6 wins and no losses.
Throughout the tournament the team got exceptional pitching from Brianna Kessler and Lindsey Windsor to carry a slumping, but a never say die offense.
In their 3 pool play games the Stars pitchers threw 2 no-hitters, permitted just 2 hits in the other game and only allowed a single run to vault the Stars to the #1 seed for championship play on Sunday.
Leading hitters on Saturday included Megan Harman, Caroline DiNenna, Ally Harding, Madi Tobery, Kayla Cox, and Kessler.
Supporting the team on Saturday was Caitlin Eader who is out for the season due to a broken leg sustained in practice earlier in the week.

Championship play posed more of a challenge to the team, as they got behind in all three games at one point. However, their never give up attitude and team determination, kept them in all three games until they could muster the runs to put them back in the lead and ultimately to win each game.
In the first game of championship play, Kessler relieved Alli Harding in the second inning and then slammed the door shut on the Hughesville Hustle. Behind 2-0, the Stars offense, hitting and base running, helped them put up 7 runs and take the game 7-2. Windsor keyed the offense with 3 hits, one a double off the LF fence and Olivia Carmack and Harman with 2 RBIs.
In the next game the Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but this time Windsor relieved Kessler and shut down the Vienna Velocity’s offense striking out 12 batters in the game. The Stars offense started to peck away at the deficit and forced extra innings. The Stars won in the bottom of the first extra inning when Erika Bitzel scored from third on a short wild pitch in a close play at the plate.
Again Windsor with 2 hits and Tobery with 2 hits and clutch RBIs from Kessler and Harman keyed the offense.
Then in the championship game the Stars defense faltered in the first inning and the Anne Arundel Heat went up 3-0. But the defense tightened, and the offense mounted their comeback. Keying the offense were Jasper Killian, Harding, DiNenna, Carmack and Windsor. Killian, Harding and DiNenna each collected 2 hits and Harding scored from third base with a fantastic slide on a short sacrifice fly hit by Tobery.
Kessler turned in a gritty performance, striking out 7 in 4 innings, after the team’s rocky start. Windsor relieved and shut the Heat down but was assisted with an excellent catch in left field by Cox and and nice catch of a line drive between 1st and 2nd bases by Katherine Taylor.

Turning in good defensive performances throughout the weekend included Tobery (C/3B), Harman (SS), Taylor (2B), Cox (C/2B/OF), Carmack (C/1B/OF), and Kessler (P/SS/2B).
The performance was propelled with many unselfish acts by the players — several perfectly executed sacrifice bunts, putting balls in play on the ground to advance or score runners, putting bodies in front of pitches and throws in the dirt, diving for flyballs and line drives, even getting hit by pitches to get on base and further the team’s cause.
The Stars have gotten hot and have now won 17 of their last 19 games, and with one game ending in a tie. They have finished 1st one time and second in their 2 other most recent tournaments. For the spring season their lowest finish in a tournament played to completion has been 2nd place.
They are currently ranked #2 at 16U in the country by USSSA.
The team’s schedule still includes the USSSA State Championship tournament, a college exposure tournament and PONY Nationals among others.

Maryland Stars 16U Team Finish 3rd at PONY Nationals

Maryland Stars 16U Team Finish 3rd at PONY Nationals

The Maryland Stars 16U Girls Fastpitch Softball Team finished in 3rd place at PONY Nationals in Northern Virginia.
After winning 2 and losing 2 in pool play, the Stars went on a run and won 5 in a row to get to the semi-finals where they lost to the eventual PONY National Champions, Warrington Blue Thunder.
Throughout the tournament the Stars got great pitching from Brianna Kessler, Lindsey Windsor, Ally Harding, Olivia Norris, and Isabel Woods.
In support of the pitching, Madi Tobery, Kayla Cox, Olivia Carmack, Erika Bitzel, Jasper Killian, Caroline DiNenna, Harding, and Woods provided excellent defense.
Offensively the Stars got all the offense they needed in most games from Tobery, Carmack. Harding, Kessler, Windsor, DiNenna, Katherine Taylor, Bitzel and Cox.
With nearly 50 wins and a combined winning percentage of over .650, the team completes their season this weekend with the Summer Heat in central Pennsylvania where their one 15 year old, Megan Harman, can play as they are playing at 16&Under. The team has a 21-7 record playing at 16&Under.

Throughout the tournament the Stars were supported by injured player (broken leg), Caitlin Eader.

The Stars are coached by Chris Carmack, Cary Windsor, Gary Maring, Shayna Rider, and Glen Warholic.

The Maryland Stars are holding tryouts in the coming weeks for the fall of 2016 and spring/summer of 2017.




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