Brookline Little League Association
players and fans made what has become their yearly pilgrimage to PNC Park,
this time to cheer on the 12-Under and 16-Under girls as they competed in
the prestigious Pittsburgh Citisports Mayor's Cup championship games on Friday,
August 6, 2021. When the dust had cleared on the diamond, both teams had claimed
their respective title.
Brookline's 12-Under girls, coached by
Tara Garrubba, put on a dominating performance in their contest, routing Elliott
by the score of 23-3 in just four innings. The 16-Under ladies followed up with
a 7-5 victory over Morningside, making this a dual-banner weekend for the
12-Under Girls 16-Under Girls
The Batgirl and the Ball
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Brookline's defending champion 12-Under
girls came to PNC Park on Friday, August 6. 2021, for their eighth appearance
in the Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup title game. The ladies from the South Hills
successfully added another notch to their championship belt by trouncing Elliott,
23-3, to claim their seventh title in eight attempts.
The top-seeded Brookline girls jumped
off to a 5-0 lead in the upper half of the first inning. Elliott capped off
the opening frame with three runs of their own. From that point on the game
was all Brookline.
In a stunning display of offensive
firepower and defensive prowess, all fourteen Brookline girls reached base
and scored at least one run. Elliott, on the other hand, were held to just
a pair of singles during the next three innings. After the fourth, the game
was called on the "mercy rule."
At the plate, Brookline batters pounded
out twenty-four hits, led by Aubrey Williamson 3-3, two doubles, three runs scored;
Angelina Sohngen 3-3, double, three runs scored; Kaylan Philistine 2-3, HR, two runs
scored; Mariya Chajkowski 2-3, double, HR, two runs scored; Quinn Phinney 2-2, two
runs scored; Maddy McElroy 2-2, two runs scored.
Members of the Brookline 12U Girls
Softball Mayor's Cup Championship team include: Alaina Hogle, Angelina Sohngen,
Kaylan Philistine, Mariya Chajkowski, Aubrey Williamson, B.B. Stowe,
Dana Jones, Chelsea Averell, Bailey Wyland, Quinn Phinney, Julia Walker,
Gabby Dietz, Evelyn Damas and Maddy McElroy. The coaches were Tara Garrubba,
Bob Sohngen, Hank Hogle and Joelynn Jones. The batgirl was Kayleen Jones.
The Batgirl and the Ball
For the daughters of Michelle Shelly-Jones,
the Brookline softball season has been a highly anticipated yearly activity,
beginning with the eldest of the three, Joelynn. During the 2018 18-Under
championship, Joelynn was a key member of "Karissa's Army," and ended her
Brookline playing days as a Mayor's Cup champion.
During that game, three years ago,
Joelynn's younger sister Dana, then just beginning her softball career, was
invited to be the team batgirl. After the game, she was presented with a ball autographed by all of the team
members as thanks for
doing such a fine job.
That signed ball became one of Dana's prized
possessions, and in due time she developed into a fine ballplayer, just like her big
sister. This year, Dana got her chance to play at PNC Park in the 12-Under Mayor's Cup
title game, banging out a hit, scoring a run and joining Joelynn as one of Pittsburgh's
The batgirl for this year's Brookline team
was Dana's younger sister, Kayleen, the next in line for the Jones family softball
trio. Kayleen joined her sisters on the team bench (Joelynn was a team coach) and
performed her batgirl duties with diligence and charm.
In what has become a bit of a Mayor's Cup
tradition, Kayleen was presented with her own special ball, signed by all of the team
members, including the names of both her older sisters. There are now two autographed
balls sitting on the mantel in the Jones home, and one more young lady with
Mayor's Cup aspirations.
With hard work, dedication and a pinch of
lady luck, it won't be long before we see Kayleen Jones gracing the PNC Park diamond
as a player, following in the footsteps of her Mayor's Cup champion sisters, Joe and
Brookline's 16-Under girls made their sixth
trip to Pittsburgh's Mayor's Cup championship game, at PNC Park on Friday, August 6,
2021. In a closely-contested game, the ladies from the South Hills triumphed over
a tough Morningside team, 7-5, to claim their third title in six attempts.
The Brookline girls jumped off to a 1-0 lead
in the first inning, and after three complete frames held a 5-2 edge. Morningside
fought back to within a run at 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the final frame, a single by Aubrey Williamson
drove in two runs to give Brookline a three run advantage. Morningside advanced one runner
across the plate in their final at-bat, and had runners on second and third base when
the final out came on a grounder to third.
Brookline batters banged out twelve hits: Alexa
Hogel 3-3, double, two runs scored; Jaedyn Zilch 2-3, run scored; Kaylin Philistine 2-3;
Alexa Philistine 1-2, double, walk, run scored; Taylor Roberts 1-2, walk, run scored;
Haley Willy 1-2, run scored; Aubrey Williamson 1-3; Breanna Stowe 1-3, run
Members of the Brookline 16U Girls
Softball Mayor's Cup Championship team include: Alexa Hogle, Jaedyn Zilch,
Laci Blanchard, Alexa Philistine, Breanna Stowe, Brianna O'Neil,
Taylor Roberts, Aubrey Williamson, Kaylin Philistine, Gabriella Dietz and
Haley Willy. The coaches were Justin Dietz, Eric Zilch, Joelynn Jones and
winners include the 1995 Little League boys, the 2012 12-Under girls, the 2012 15-Under girls, the 2014 12-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 Little League boys, the 2016 12-Under girls, the 2016 18-Under girls, the 2017 18-Under girls, the 2018 12-Under girls, the 2018 18-Under girls, the 2019 Pony League boys, the 2019 Colt League boys, the 2019 Super Colt boys, the 2019 12-Under girls and the 2019 15-Under girls.
Others to reach the title game were
the 1994 Little League boys, the 2013 12-Under girls, the 2013 15-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 15-Under girls and the 2017 Little League boys, the 2018 15-Under girls, the 2018 Pony League boys, the 2018 Colt League boys and the 2019 Little League boys.
Photos provided by Clint
Burton, Megan Hutchinson, George Glass and Michelle Shelly-Jones.