Traverse City Waves Softball

Cherry Capital Showdown

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Cherry Capital Showdown
June 22-24, 2018

The Cherry Capital Showdown is on a GREAT weekend to be in Traverse City.  School is out, the summer temperatures have arrived, but the tourist season hasn't quite kicked into high gear.  Many teams combine a mini-vacation with our high-quality tournament that is designed to give players a chance to compete and families enough time to explore all that Traverse City has to offer.


Cherry Capital Showdown 
Tournament Champions

 10U  Michigan Expos
 12U  Garden City Gators
 14U  Michigan Nationals Stars
 16U  Grand Rapids Blaze Red
 Turnin' 2
 231 Fusion
 Morgan's Fastpitch
 10U  Eagles Fastpitch
 12U  Eagles Fastpitch
 14U  Eagles Fastpitch Blue
 16U  Great Lakes UNITED
12U TC Cherry Bombs
14U Traverse City Thunder Red
16U Traverse City Waves
12U Moran Iron Works Vulcans
14U Sabercats Royal
16U Oakland Edge

The top two 12U teams from the 2016 Cherry Capital Showdown--tournament champion Diamonds and runner-up Krash--gather to show off their hardware following the title game.

The Waves photo-bomb their softball friends from the unsuspecting Michigan Classics 14U team
(Photo courtesy of Lisa Pilley and Jamie Adkins, Michigan Classics)

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2017 Cherry Capital Showdown
Expos Make It Two In A Row!! Gators Chomp Competition In 12U!!  Stars Top Flexible 14U!!  Grand Rapids Blaze Red Mops Up in 16U!!

You just don't ever know what's going to happen.  It could be a 3-run bomb to put a team in the could be solid play by one of the best young shortstops we've could be ANOTHER rainstorm that turns the playing fields into a Sunday mud could be a gigantic 14U caravan heading 10 miles down the road to find some dry fields...

There are several things that you KNOW are going to happen, the Michigan Expos making a strong run toward another Traverse City title.  Or the 231 Fusion Fastpitch team being a tough out, if they're an "out" at all...or that Mother Nature seems to enjoy throwing riseballs under the chin of our TC tournaments this year, weather-wise.  But let's dwell on the good stuff.

The Expos 10U team made it two titles in a row with a 3-1 victory over the TC Thunder in Sunday's finale.  The game was a rematch of last week's Northern Classic championship game.  Congratulations to both teams on their great play, again!

In the 12U division, the Garden City Gators made their Traverse City debut a memorable one by edging Lansing's Krash '04 team, 7-5, for the Cherry Capital Showdown championship.  Stephanie Arnold clubbed a 3-run homer that might still be going to put her Gators team ahead, 6-5 in the fourth inning of a tight game.  It was a monster shot, 40+ feet up in a tree beyond the left-center field fence, about 200 feet from home plate.  By a 12-year-old.  Corey Cataline's Krash squad was making it's second straight trip to the finals of a Traverse City tournament.

The 14U division was notable for it's flexibility.  After Sunday's rain made the fields at TC West unplayable, the entire division relocated 10 miles down the road to Kingsley where they finished out the tournament.  The Michigan Nationals Stars, based in the Belleville/Ann Arbor/Monroe area, slugged their way to a 14-8 victory in the championship game over Traverse City's 231 Fusion Fastpitch team that was playing in its third straight tournament championship game.  Both teams were very good hitting teams.  The play of the Stars' shortstop (sorry, didn't get her name) was exceptional.  Congratulations ladies!  Thanks for your flexibility, parents!

In the 16U group, the Grand Rapids Blaze Red and Morgan's Pladies teams finished 1-2, respectively, based on their play in Friday and Saturday's pool round.  Sadly, Sunday's games at SEAS were washed out as the infield was better suited for mud-bogging.

Thank you to all of the teams that spent a summer weekend in Traverse City!


2016 Cherry Capital Showdown Results
A string of first-time champions dotted the 2016 Cherry Capital Showdown landscape on a weekend that was interrupted by a Sunday rain--more on that later.

Turnin' 2, the Diamonds, and Traverse City-based 231 Fusion notched tournament titles in 10U/12U/14U, while Morgan's Fastpitch (Pladies) captured the rain-shortened 16U division.

In the 10U group, Turnin' 2 rampaged through pool play and then wore down a good MBS Jets team, 10-2, to win the Home Plate Trophy.  The level of play in the 10U division continues to impress--way to go, girls!

In the 12U division, a pair of 11U squads met in the finals, with the Diamonds earning the tournament victory over Lansing-based Krash 11U, 10-3.  Both teams are especially good offensively...will we see a rematch in next year's Showdown?

In the 14U group, Steve Steimel's 231 Fusion team broke out the heavy aluminum all tournament long, capped by a 7-1 title game win over the Tri-Valley Twisters.  The Fusion, runners-up in the Spring Splash tournament earlier in the month, broke through for the organization's first tournament championship.  Congratulations to the Fusion and to all of the teams that made up a large, and good, 14U field.

16U division play, very unfortunately, was called short by rain.  Morgan's Fastpitch in Pool B and TC Thunder 16U in Pool A both finished 3-and-0 in Friday/Saturday pool play.  Morgan's allowed fewer runs, and was awarded the rain-shortened tournament title.  Special mention goes to Steve Osborn and Lance Dusseau's West Michigan Venom team that finished third with a 2-0-and-1 record.  

Thank you to all of the teams that participated in this year's tournament.  A special thanks goes to all of the visiting parents at the SEAS location who chipped in to help remove water and ready those fields for play. 


2015 Cherry Capital Showdown Results

Eagles!  Eagles!  Eagles!  UNITED!!!

It was a weekend of soaring Eagles and Great Lakes UNITED at the Cherry Capital Showdown in Traverse City June 26-28.  

While downstate tournaments were deluged with rain (see last year's CCS story, below), bluebird skies and warm weather prevailed all weekend in Traverse City.  On field play was just plain hot, and in the end there were three Eagles teams and Great Lakes UNITED standing as tournament champions.

Sensational play--really, it was pretty amazing--was common and prevalent in the growing 10U division.  In the championship contest, the Eagles 10U team wore down a game Saginaw Bay Lady RiverDawgs squad, 4-1, to earn the first 10U title in tournament history.  The game featured the first over-the-fence home run hit by a 10U player in ANY Traverse City tournament.  Eagles catcher Hannah Bollinger clobbered a liner over the center field fence about 180 feet away to put an exclamation mark on the championship win.  Great job, all 10U teams!!!

In the 12U division, two rock solid teams met in the finals, with the Eagles team scratching out the only runs of the game in the last inning to defeat the Petoskey Blaze, 3-0.  Both teams were loaded with excellent players.  Way to go!!!

In 14U, MHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Cowan's squad made it an Eagle championship trifecta, overpowering the Traverse City's Cherry Bombs 9-1 in the title game.  The two title game foes, along with Moran Iron Works Vulcans Red and the Michigan Rage, formed sort of a Group of Death.  All four teams were part of the dreaded 14U Pool D.  The Eagles Fastpitch Blue team and Cherry Bombs faced off in the championship final.  The Vulcans and Rage paired off in the consolation final, with Moran Iron Works edging the Rage for the consolation title.  Group of Death....

At the 16U level, Great Lakes UNITED avenged a loss in pool play by defeating the Imlay City Sparks, 10-0, in the title contest.  Imlay City had another strong Traverse City tournament run, but UNITED was too much to handle and took home the Home Plate Trophy.  On a slight tangent, the Friday night game between Great Lakes UNITED and the 16U RiverDawgs was one of the best games in tournament history, and one of the best age group games I've ever seen.  UNITED edged the RiverDawgs, 1-0, in a very well-played, 50-minute game that featured strong pitching and sometimes spectacular defense....strong 16U division, great tournament at that level.  Way to go, girls!

Thanks to all who made the trip to Traverse City for the 2015 Cherry Capital Showdown!!

 2014 Cherry Capital Showdown Results

Traverse City Teams Sweep Cherry Capital Showdown Titles!!!!

"Heroic!" said one parent.  "Astonishing!" said another spectator.  "Truly inspirational!" commented a third fan.

They weren't talking about the play on the softball field.  They were remarking about the efforts of the army of parents and coaches who chipped in to clear the fields of water left by a Saturday night storm and then a brief but torrential downpour on Sunday morning that threatened to torpedo the Cherry Capital Showdown tournament as it headed to a thrilling Sunday finish.  The situation looked grim at all three CCS sites, but thanks to the hard work of local and visiting parents alike, the fields were cleared and our daughters--from all teams-- were able to complete the tournament.  (Okay, so the quotes were made up a little bit, but the hard work by everyone was very real--THANK YOU to all who helped on Sunday!!!  Very much appreciated).

On the field, the play in all three divisions was very good, and sometimes spectacular.  I witnessed the South Lyon Stealth 12U team turn a TRIPLE PLAY on Friday night in their game against the Lake Michigan Shock, a first-ever occurence in Traverse City tournament history.  With runners on first and second, the Stealth second baseman made a diving catch of a liner headed toward right field.  She alertly fired to first to double off the runner there, and the Stealth first baseman zipped a throw to second that just nipped the retreating runner.  Fantastic!

When the dust settled, so to speak, another first-ever result happened:  Traverse City teams from three different organizations swept all three age groups!  Wow!!

In the 16U division, the host Traverse City Waves went 6 - 0 on their way to the tournament championship.  The Waves' senior team edged Boyne City in the semifinals, 2-1, before outlasting the always tough Petoskey Blaze, 9-7, in the championship match.  Congratulations, ladies!!!

In the 14U group, the Traverse City Thunder Red squad proved to be too much for the Michigan Classics, 10-3, in the final.  The Classics parlayed strong pitching and excellent hitting into a run to the title game, but the Thunder squad had a group of solid hitters and top-notch pitchers of their own, and that combination was golden.  One game earlier, the Thunder edged the Wixom Bandits, 4-3, in a thrilling extra inning semifinal matchup. The Thunder Red squad were medalists in the Northern Classic the week before in Traverse City.  Way to go!!!

Similarly, the TC Cherry Bombs earned second-place honors in the previous weeks' Northern Classic, but this time Doug Mirabelli's 12U team earned gold medals and the home plate trophy by edging the South Lyon Stealth, 2-0, in the championship game.  It was truly a clash of titans, as both teams were undefeated coming into the title contest....two excellent teams, and a great final game in the 12U division.  Good job, girls!

Thank you to all of the teams, their parents, grandparents, families and fans who attended the tournament, and a special "thank you" to all those who helped with the fields so the girls could continue to play on Sunday.

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