Brookline Little League Association
12-Under B.I.G. League Softball
Mayor's Cup Champions - 2014

Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup Champions - July 12, 2014

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, the Brookline Little League Association's 12-Under girls softball team made their third trip in three years to PNC Park, this time to meet Elliott in the Pittsburgh Citiparks B.I.G. League Mayor's Cup title game.

Brookline had beaten Elliott to win the coveted Cup in 2012, only to reliquish it last year after a heartbreaking one-run loss to Swissvale. This time, the girls were primed and ready to regain that championship swagger from two seasons ago.

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Brookline's girls were all business at practice on Thursday night before the big game.

The team arrived at the ballpark in grand style, with a chauffer-driven limousine. The gates opened at 9:30am and the Brookline crowd took their place in the bleacher section underneath the PNC Park scoreboard. Fans placed decorative and encouraging signs along the railings in support of their favorite players.

The game was played in left field of the Major League stadium. Home plate was positioned on the warning track against the wall, with the playing surface entirely on the outfield grass. The atmosphere was electric as the players took the field.

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The team picture taken before the start of the 2014 Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup championship game.

Brookline batted first. Hannah Lacek got things started with a lead-off walk, then worked her way around the basepaths to bring home the game's first run. Elliott evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.

The sticks came alive in the second inning as Brookline posted five runs to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Pitcher Ava Barrett was fantastic through the next three frames, posting scoreless innings. She limited the Elliott bats to mostly ground balls and the infielders played superb.

In the meantime, the Brookline bats continued to pound away at the Elliott offerings, increasing the lead to 9-1 after four innings. All of Brookline's hitters were making good contact, banging out sixteen hits before game's end. The Elliott fielders had their hands full.

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Catcher Kayleigh McDermott has quite a view of the ballpark from her position behind home plate.
Pitcher Ava Barrett and the Brookline defenders played an excellent game.

A pitching change in the bottom of the fifth led to a pair of Elliott runs, prompting Barrett's return to the mound. Ava yielded a run in the sixth on two hits, but otherwise shut the door on the opposing batters.

Elliott came to the plate in the bottom half of the final frame down by the score of 9-4. A grounder to second base was fielded cleanly by Mikaela Vogel and a fly ball to left field was caught by Breanna Stocke, setting the stage for the last out.

A long fly ball, this time to left-center field, was promptly bagged and tagged by Hannah Lacek for the third and final out. Brookline players and fans erupted in joyful celebration both on the field and in the grandstand. It was a hard fought and well earned victory.

Brookline's coaches and their champion players mingled for a moment near the pitcher's mound, then took their place along the basepath for the customary handshakes, followed by the trophy presentation. This was a cleanly executed, error-free ballgame. Elliott played well, but could not overcome Brookline's gritty defense and free-swinging hitting spree.

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The Brookline and Elliott teams played a great error-free game. Fine plays were made on both sides.

Manager Tara Garrubba was handed the Mayor's Cup trophy by B.I.G. League Director Joe Defeo, then the players received their individual medallions. Brookline's champions had once again earned a spot on the prestigious Cup.

Previous Brookline winners include the 1995 12-Under boys, the 2012 12-Under girls and the 2012 15-Under girls. Others to reach the title game were the 1994 12-Under boys, 2013 12-Under girls and 2013 15-Under girls.

Pittsburgh Citiparks BIG League

The members of the 2014 Brookline 12-Under Mayor's Cup championship team are: Ava Barrett (#31), Mikaela Vogel (#22), Hannah Lacek (#4), Breanna Stock (#18), Haley Schubert (#15), Cheyenne Pierce (#24), Hailey Clouse (#9), Haley Harper (#2), Piper Algas (#6), Vanessa Hudson (#11), Haley Parker (#1), Cameryn Davis (#99), Katie McHenry (#00), Grace Warner (#74), Kayleigh McDermott (#12). The coaches are Tara Garrubba, Jill Vogel, Michelle Auge and Jim Pierce.

Note: Mikaela Vogel and Ava Barrett were both members of the 2012 12-Under Mayor's Cup title team as ten-year olds. These girls have the distinction of being Brookline's only two-time champions.

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Ava Barrett and Mikaela Vogel.

Photos From The 2014 Mayor's Cup Game

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Clint, Milan and Tony from the Brookline Recreation Center --- "Congratulations Girls! Brookline will always be #1."

* Photos provided by Clint Burton *

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