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12U Waves Team Captures Softball Spectacular Championship!!
Resilient Crew Goes Unbeaten In Tourney, Flexes Muscle To Overcome 5th Inning Deficit In Title Contest!!!

July 8, 2018 - Two years ago, they won a single game all summer.  One game.  All summer. 

This weekend, the 12U Traverse City Waves team, with largely the same personnel as that one-win team, stunned maybe everyone but themselves by capturing the 2018 Softball Spectacular tournament title with a thrilling 9-7 victory over an excellent Edge Fastpitch squad.

The Waves have been improving.  They have been working hard throughout the winter, spring and into this summer season.  You could see the improvement as evidenced by  their results so far this summer.  But on Sunday, the combination of excellent pitching by Allee Shepherd, Kate Gaylord and Maggie Napont, great defense by Izzy Covert, Sophie Hardy and friends, and just plain pure muscle propelled the Waves 12U team to a tournament victory.

Down 3-2 early in the game, Hardy clubbed her first ever over-the-fence home run to deep left field.  The two-run shot gave the Waves the lead which eventually grew to 6-3.  The Edge Fastpitch team--no strangers to tournament championship games, as evidenced by their sterling record this summer--chipped away and finally eeked out a lead, 7-6, in the top of the fifth inning.

Then the fireworks began.  In the bottom of that frame, lead-off hitter Abby Lindstrom belted the first pitch she saw over the left field fence to knot the contest at 7-7.  Rylea Beamish, an All-Tournament Team selection, came to the plate next and sent the sizable Waves following into a frenzy with a canon shot of her own that cleared the fence in almost the same spot.  Traverse City proceeded to add an insurance run, then Gaylord came on in relief to slam the door in the sixth and ignite the Waves' tournament title celebration.

Visit the Softball Spectacular tournament page for more photos, a tournament recap, and to view the All-Tournament Team.


Traverse City Waves 12U
2018 Softball Spectacular Champions


2018 Bayside Bash Recap

Outlaws Prevail In 12U!!!  Express Records First-Ever TC Title!!!  Flyovers, Hot Temps Highlight Inaugural Bayside Bash Tourney!!!

Heat! Planes! Outlaws! Express!  The inaugural Bayside Bash tournament had it all on a super-busy Cherry Festival weekend in Traverse City.  Temperatures in the mid to upper 90's tested the mettle of players and the hardiness of fans all weekend, but several teams cooled down by going for a dip in Grand Traverse Bay or, in many cases, in the pools of the Great Wolf Lodge.  During the weekend, teams were treated to flyovers by the Navy's Blue Angels squadron along with many other featured aircraft, a treat that added a whole new level of excitement (and distraction!) to the tournament games.

On the field, more long-ball action happened in the 12U division for the second week in a row. This time, it was the hometown TC Waves showing off their muscle.  Waves players Hannah Grahn and Brooke Smith belted home runs in their pool game against the eventual champion Michigan Outlaws.  It was the first over-the-fence blast for both players.  The Waves went on to lose a tight 4-3 game to the hometown 231 Fusion Fastpitch team in the tournament semi-finals.  In the title game, Mike Fadie's Outlaws squad overpowered the Fusion, 5-0, to take the tournament title.  For Mike Garver's Fusion team, it was another strong showing and a well-played tourney finale.  Congratulations to all of the 12U teams!

In the 14U group, Ben Lundquist's Cadillac Express went unbeaten throughout the tourney to take home the home plate trophy and first place medals.  The Express squad, which has improved dramatically since last season, edged a game Lady Crusader's team 10-6 in the championship game.

Thank you to the lineup of teams and their fans that made the weekend in Traverse City a fun one!


 Bayside Bash
All-Tournament Team

Coaches:  If you forgot to turn in your All-Tournament team nominations and would like to include your players on the team, send an email with your two selections and we'll include your girls on the list.

12U Division  
Abby Lindstrom  TC Waves 12U
Brooke Smith TC Waves 12U
Kate Gaylord TC Waves 12U
Amanda Hill Cadillac Express
Madisyn Lundquist Cadillac Express
Lydia Heymes 231 Fusion
Caitlin Butzin 231 Fusion
Ryleigh Yocum 231 Fusion
14U Division  
McKenna Gilde Cadillac Express
Ashlyn Lundquist Cadillac Express
Brooklyn Hoffert Cadillac Express
Madyson Smith Cadillac Express
Khloe Wilson Quad City Storm
Faith Hauger Quad City Storm
Mackenzie Collar Lakeshore Storm
Riley Gruppen Lakeshore Storm
Gabby Kline Lady Crusaders
Melanie Hall Lady Crusaders
Oliviah Hanson Lady Crusaders
Jaynie Hamilton Lady Crusaders
Madison Milot Michigan Riptide
Sarah McGlynn Michigan Riptide
Kyra Lucas Alpena Thundercats
Taelyn Eberline Alpena Thundercats


Traverse City Waves Welcome 
Farmers Insurance - James Frizzell Agency As A Tournament Series Sponsor

Click on the Farmers Insurance logo to visit Jim's website and find out how he will work together with you to find the perfect plan for your insurance needs.  Offices in Cadillac, Traverse City and Kaleva.  Call Jim at 231-775-7778.


 Thank you to the Great Wolf Lodge for  sponsoring the 2018 Waves Summer Softball Series!  Visiting teams:  Contact Zac Malewitz at 231-534-9074 or to reserve rooms for the tournament weekends.  

2006 Softball Spectacular Champions


Traverse City Waves
2014 Cherry Capital Showdown 16U Champions


Here's What Happens In Traverse City Between Tournament Games

A 16U player strolling down the sidewalk prior to her game in Traverse City is accosted by a gigantic squawking parrot!!! The parrot was kind enough to pose for pictures before squawking once more at the player, making sure she knew who was boss inside of this particular fence.

Futures Challenge Set For Sunday, September 15th

The third Futures Challenge tournament is scheduled for Sunday, September 15th, in Traverse City.  This fun, one-day tournament is a great opportunity for your newly-selected 2019 team to gain some experience in a low-key tournament setting.  Coaches will be able to see their new team in action.  They will also be able to get a preview of skills to work on in the upcoming indoor practice months.

Look for an online registration form soon.  In the meantime, please send an email if you're interested in bringing your girls to Traverse City for the day.

TC Waves Announce Tryout Dates For Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 Teams

The Traverse City Waves Softball Team is set to hold tryouts for the Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 seasons beginning Monday, July 30th.  Tryouts for girls in the 9/10 division are scheduled for July 30th, while 11/12 eligible players participate in tryouts on July 31st and 13/14 players on August 1st.  Visit the Waves team site for complete details and to register for your tryout session.

Area Softball Team Tryouts

Want to join in on the excitement of playing travel softball?  In addition to the Traverse City Waves, area teams like the Northwest Wild, TC Thunder and 231 Fusion Fastpitch have player tryouts scheduled.  Click on the team name for more information.

Traverse City Summer Softball Series
2019 Tournament Dates

Mark your team calendars and plan to join the fun in a 2019 Traverse City Summer Series softball tournament.  The Waves tournaments have been locally run for over a decade and provide an opportunity for players and their families to participate in a quality softball tournament while enjoying a mini-vacation in the Traverse City area.  Please send a note of interest for tournament information and to be notified when the registration window is open.  Thank you!

Spring Splash - June 8-9, 2019
Northern Classic - June 14-16, 2019
Cherry Capital Showdown - June 21-23, 2019
Bayside Bash - June 28-30, 2019
Softball Spectacular - July 5-7, 2019
Futures Challenge - September 15, 2019

Traverse City Summer Softball Series
2018 All-Tournament Teams

View the All-Tournament Team selections from our summer softball series.  Congratulations to all of these players for your excellent performance over the summer!

Spring Splash - June 9-10
Northern Classic - June 15-17
Cherry Capital Showdown - June 22-24
Bayside Bash - June 30-July 1
Softball Spectacular - July 6-8


Members of the Cadillac Express and Lady Crusaders pose with their 14U division medals following the Bayside Bash championship game.


One of the many flyovers during the Bayside Bash tourney.


Waves Award Scholarships to Area High School Seniors

The Traverse City Waves are happy to announce that six local softball players were awarded college scholarships that were available to graduating seniors who play softball for a Grand Traverse County high school.  The Barb Beckett Scholarship, the Billie Drake Scholarship, and the Waves Scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence, community service and participation in varsity softball through the 12th grade in a Grand Traverse County high school.   Here are the 2018 scholarship winners:

Caroline Peacock - Billie Drake Scholarship ($500)
Sarah Chouinard - Barb Beckett Scholarship ($500)
Kylee Gulliver - Waves Scholarship ($250)
Olivia Cvengros - Waves Scholarship ($250)
Jayla Wise - Waves Scholarship ($250)
Lacey Benton - Waves Scholarship ($250)

The Traverse City Waves have funded over $11,000 in college scholarships in the past seven years.  Congratulations to ALL of the 2018 applicants for your dedication to excellence.

The 2017 Futures Challenge 10U champion Expos and runner-up Alpena Thundercats

The 2017 Futures Challenge 12U champion 231 Fusion and runner-up Alpena Thundercats

The 2017 Futures Challenge 14U champion 231 Fusion and runner-up TC Thunder

Waves History

 The Waves is an organization formed in 2004 and based in Traverse City, and provides the opportunity for young players to learn and enjoy the game of softball. Former Waves players have had successful high school sports and academic careers...played softball in college...won national championships in rowing...earned all-area, all-region, and all-state honors in softball and other sports...made successful transitions into college, graduated from college, established professional careers...and more!  The Waves organization has funded over $11,000 in college scholarships and continues to emphasize providing opportunities for girls to excel athletically and academically while having fun playing softball.

The Waves hosted the twelfth Traverse City Softball Spectacular in 2017
.  Because of overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visiting teams, we added the Northern Classic tournament in 2008 to allow more teams the opportunity to combine a mini-vacation in the Traverse City area with a first class, enjoyable tournament.  The Cherry Capital Showdown was added to the tournament schedule a few years ago and has quickly become a favorite among teams from throughout the state.  In 2016, the Spring Splash was added to the series, an early-season tournament for younger teams.  The Bayside Bash offers a chance to experience the National Cherry Festival along with playing in a fun, quality tournament.  Finally, 2016 also saw the start of the Futures Challenge, a low-key one day tune-up tournament  for teams that have just selected their squads for next summer season.  Please send a note if you're interested in bringing your team to Traverse City.

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