OC Bombers are champions

| 02 Aug 2017 | 12:02

The Orange County Bombers, a 16U fast pitch softball team with members mostly from throughout Orange County, won the 16U-B USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) Fast Pitch World Series Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
The tournament was held from July 10 to 16 and was hosted by Osceola County and the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Twenty-one teams participated in this age group in the tournament, coming from as far away as Venezuela and Canada. The Bombers were 2-1 in pool play.
The Bombers were dominant in their first two pool games, beating St. Louis Pirates and Indiana Illusion 8-0 in both games. They lost their third pool game 4-0 to Loudoun Inferno.
But that would be the last loss for the Bombers during the tournament.
The Bombers beat West Ga. Express 3-2, Blasterx - Illinois 8-3, and Long Island Chief Select 10-9.
In their semi-final against Hickory Hornets - Maryland, Goshen's Jenny Lawless doubled in the game-winning run, giving the Bombers a 3-2 win and sending them to the championship game.
They faced Long Island Chief Select in the final, winning 8-6 to take the championship.
Bombers' Manager Elena Fogg of Warwick credited her pitching staff for being able to survive the heat and humidity of Orlando and help bring home the trophy.
Last year, the team competed in the World Series, held at Myrtle Beach, as a 14U team, and finished third. One big difference: the pitchers.
"Last year we had three pitchers; this year we had six pitchers," said Fogg. "It made a difference with all the games and the heat."
Courtney Cienki of West Milford, N.J., was selected most valuable player by the team's opponent in the finals, the Long Island Chief Select.
The USSSA Fast Pitch program used a five-game guarantee format in its World Series Tournament. Teams were seeded into pools based on their USSSA ranking points and played a round robin. All teams were seeded into a double elimination championship bracket following pool play.