PICKERINGTON — The Ohio Storm 8U softball team gave up only seven runs over six games to win the United States Specialty Sports Association Schools Shoot Out in Pickerington this past weekend.
The victory earned the team qualification for the USSSA Nationals in July.
The Storm scored no fewer than three runs in any inning on Sunday in the championship game over Licking County Thunder to win, 16-0. The Storm scored four runs in the first, three in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth to take the title.
Bracket play started Sunday with a 12-0 victory over Phoenix 10U, and an 11-4 win over Wicked 7U put the Storm in the championship game.
Pool play began Saturday, with the Storm taking all three games to earn the No. 1 seed out of the pool. The Storm bested Grove City Racers, 9-0, the Thunder, 3-1, and Wicked, 3-2.
The Storm scored 54 runs in the tournament, and had a batting average of .561. Hailey Rudrick bashed seven doubles and six singles, and Maddy Jones doubled twice and singled nine times.
Whitney Bell posted a triple, three doubles and four singles; and Jocelyn Scarbury smacked three doubles and five singles. Keely Pollard banged out a triple, three doubles and three singles; and Jazzy Wittman tripled, doubled twice and singled. Mackenzie Wilson and Bella Evans slapped four base hits apiece, Riley Buttke singled three times and Arilyn Fraizer pounded a double and a single.