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Xplosion takes 3rd in nationals

Photo: The Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team battled for a series of come-from-behind wins for the Class A Northern National Tournament. The team included Coach Don Miller (back, center); Coach Wally Spagnola (standing, left to right), Lauren Zick, Denise Gombar, Samantha Phelps, Kaylee Hayton, Allison Miller and Coach Mike Kuefler; Paige Kuefler (kneeling) and Stephanie Prentice; Emma Spagnola (sitting, left to right), Madeline Avery, McKenzie Bretag and Amanda Lack. Courtesy Photo

Kane County 16U softball team takes talents to Nebraska
North platte, neb.—With a never-say-die attitude, the Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team earned several come-from-behind victories to earn a third-place finish in the Class A Northern National Tournament in North Platte, Neb.

In game one of Pool Play, the girls beat the Echoes Adrenaline from Omaha, Neb., 6-4. Offensively, Lauren Zick and Emma Spagnola each had two hits and accounted for three of the runs, while Amanda Lack had a triple and Samantha Phelps added a double. Stephanie Prentice got the win with five strikeouts. Lauren Zick turned in the defensive play of the game with a diving catch in center field.

Game two saw the girls win 14-5 over the JR. Phoenix from Wisconsin. After falling behind 5-1, the girls put up 10 runs in the top of the fourth to blow the game wide open. Madeline Avery and Allison Miller were both 3-for-4, with Avery knocking in three runs in the fifth with her first homer of the tournament. Kaylee Hayton got the win.

The Orland Park A’s were the first opponent of Bracket Play, and after spotting them four runs in the first inning, the girls shut them out the rest of the way for a 7-4 win. McKenzie Bretag was 4-for-4 and Avery 3-for-4 to lead the team offensively, with Prentice notching the win. Kuefler was stellar at third base on defense.

Next up were the Wisconsin Bandit’s Black, and in a hard-fought game the girls came out on top with a 7-6 win. After jumping out to a quick lead, the girls found themselves behind 5-4 in the fifth. The girls were able to score two in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind for the win. Avery added her second home run of the tournament and was 3-for-4, while Kuefler and Phelps were 2-for-4.

Next up were the Bridgeview Redbirds, and once again the girls fell behind early. Kane County was down 4-0 after three innings before the bats came alive, scoring six runs in the last three innings for another come-from-behind win, 6-5. Phelps led the charge, going 3-for-3.

On Sunday, the girls came out flat for the first game and lost to the eventual champion. Kuefler notched her first home run of the tournament, and Lack went head over heels for a diving fly ball. After dropping to the loser’s bracket with three teams remaining, the girls once again faced the Bandits Black and came up one run short in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The girls finished the season at 40-15-2.

Tryouts for the Kane County Xplosion are this week; interested girls should check www.kcxplosion.com for details.

Xplosion go unbeaten in Lemont

LEMONT—The KC Xplosion Girls traveled back to Lemont for four games in the Jim Didi Memorial College Showcase Tournament, finishing 3-0-1. The girls outscored their opponents 39-6. Samantha Phelps led the way with a .786 batting average Including six doubles, followed by Allison Miller (.400) and Kaylee Hayton (.333). Lauren Zick scored eight runs, and Emma Spagnola added another five. Kaylee Hayton and Stephanie Prentice split the 26 innings in the circle and combined for a 1.08 ERA, giving up 11 hits and recording 24 strikeouts. On Sunday, the girls travel to Nebraska to compete in the ASA Northern Nationals.

If you would like to become a part of the Xplosion for the 2012 fall and 2013 Summer Season, visit www.kcxplosion.com for information.

Weather or not


Kane County XPlosion 16U finished pool play with a 2-1 record at this weekend’s Tinley Park Rockets ASA Star Spangles Qualifier. The event was abbreviated due to rain. Samantha Phelps and Emma Spagnola had five hits each over the weekend. The squad heads to Columbus, Ohio, Thursday to Saturday, July 6-8 , for the Buckeye Showdown and College Showcase. Courtesy Photo

Xplosion turns clutch into success


Kane County Xplosion 16U girls earned first place at the Heartland Shootout in Moline for an ASA qualifier and took first place overall. Madeline Avery, Mackenzie Bretag, Paige Kuefler and Stephanie Prentice all hit home runs. Kaylee Hayton and Stephanie Prentice combined for a 1.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts on the mound. The Xplosion travels to Tinley Park for the next ASA qualifier this coming weekend. The team consists of (front) Madelyn Avery, Amanda Lack, Lauren Zick, Stephanie Prentice and Mackenzie Bretag, (back) Emma Spagnola, Kaylee Hayton, Samantha Phelps, Denise Gumbar, Allison Miller and Paige Kuefler. Courtesy Photo