WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS — Pictured, from left, front row: Paije Green, Jess Sowa, Kelsey Herniman, Taylor Olson, Sara Kwiatkowski and Jenna Keppel. Back row: Caitlyn Cybart, Hannah Cybart, Paige Gravius, Katie Steff, Bridget Giles, Erin Kwiatkowski and Manager Jeff Johnson. Not pictured: players Kacie Salzman, Brianna Dahn and Kaylee Timmel, coaches Jamie Krajewski, Wayne Olson and Jamie Salzman and scorekeeper Tina Kwiatkowski.
COLLINS — After completing an undefeated regular season, the Collins Center Reds continued their dominance, in the varsity division of the Springville Youth, Inc. Girls Softball League by defeating West Valley, in the semifinals 19 – 2 and Boston, in the championship game, by a score of 16 – 1. The Reds jumped out to a 5 – 0 lead, in the first inning, behind runs from Sara Kwiatkowski, Bridget Giles, Brianna Dahn, Hannah Cybart and Paije Green.
West Valley responded, in the second inning, with a run to cut the lead to 5 – 1, but Collins Center erupted for 9 runs, in the bottom half of the second, for a 14 – 1 lead and 5 more, in the third, to a 19 – 2 victory.
Cybart silenced the West Valley offense, by allowing 1 run and no hits, while striking out eight, in her three innings of work. Caitlyn Cybart allowed a hit and a run, in her one inning.
Offensively, it was Kwiatkowski leading the way, with three hits; Jess Sowa, with two hits and four RBIs; Dahn and Green, with two hits, of their own. Giles and Kelsey Herniman each added one hit.
In the championship game, Boston jumped out to an early 1 – 0 lead, before the Reds took a 2 – 1 lead, in the second inning, behind runs from Jenna Keppel and Hanna Cybart. That would be as close as the Boston team would get, as the Collins Center girls continued to add to their lead, in the third and fourth innings, with 6 more runs each.
The team ended the game in the fifth, as Kwiatkowski hit a 2-run double, plating two runners and leading to a 16 – 1 victory.
This victory completed an undefeated league season, with a score of 13 – 0 in their division, and an overall record of 16 – 7, including tournaments and non-league games.
The team was sponsored by Creekside Therapy.