Arlington Sage 16U went 2-0-1 in pool play to earn a #1 seed. In the 1st game on Sunday the team scored six runs in the third inning to lead Arlington Sage 16U past Alexandria Tsunami 12-2. The big inning was driven by singles from Sydney Rood and Miranda Manka, and a double by Amy Kohan. In the second games, Arlington Sage 16U jumped out to an early lead from a double by Maddy Bates and a single by Miranda Manka in the first inning. They held onto the early lead to earn a 9-5 victory over Faquier Fusion to advance to the Championship game. Arlington Sage ended as runner-up to the Front Royal Fire as they weren't able to hold them off in the last game.
Arlington Sage 16U went 5-0 to win the First Annual Hannah E, Graham Memorial Softball Tournament. The entire team put in solid performances to outscore their opponents 46-11. The team had every player register a hit during the tournament with stand-out performances by Miranda Manka, Katie Fried, Sydney Rood, Sydney Russell, and Ava Willis with six or more hits during the weekend. Sydney Rood drove in ten runs while Ava Wills had nine RBIs and Maddy Bates was third for the weekend with six. Strong pitching from Katie Fried and Zoe Apsel helped to hold the opposing teams to minimal runs. Amy Kohan had a strong performance behind the plate contributing to two outs from throw downs. Olivia Greenwood, Kiera Collins, Sydney Russell and Alison Jones all had great catches in the outfield to round out what was a great team performance for a great cause.
On the weekend of September 24-25, two years after 18-year-old Hannah Graham vanished from the University of Virginia, those closest to her will remember her with a memorial fastpitch softball tournament and fundraiser. Graham was last seen alive early Sept. 13, 2014.
Hannah, a longtime softball standout and University of Virginia student, was the victim of a homicide two years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.
All proceeds from the tournament and 100% of all donations were given to two charities designated by Hannah's parents -- Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group who discovered Hannah’s remains.