The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 2, 2013

Outlaws keep rolling at nationals

By BOB ETTINGER
For the Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The Ohio Outlaws Silver continued their winning ways with a 4-1 victory Over Extreme Elite (Ill.) at the USA-ASA A Nationals in Sunnyvale, Calif. on Thursday.

The Outlaws will play Illinois Force today at 3 p.m. and will play again, win or lose, at 7 p.m. The first game, on Field 1, will be broadcast online at www.norcalasa.com.

“It’s fun,” manager Dave Blashinsky said. “It’s tough, but it’s fun. Every play is getting escalated.

“We’ve been ptetty consistent. We did have a lot of base runners. We kept putting pressure on them and putting pressure on them and we finally broke through. Somebody is always coming up with a key hit, a key steal, a key bunt. We’re executing all of the small things. That’s what separates a win and a loss.”

Nicole Doyle struck out 13 and allowed just three hits for her third victory of the tournament.

“Nicole is still rolling,” Blashinsky said. “She’s done a great job.”

The Outlaws broke through for their first run following a hit by Cheyenne Miller in the home half of the fourth. Abbie Thompson, pinch running for Miller, stole second and was advanced on a bunt. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Kourtney Paul, who sent the outfielder crashing through the breakaway fence as she made the catch.

“It builds confidence,” Blashinsky said. “The girls know they’ll always be in every game. They always feel they have an opportunity to win. The more success you have, it builds confidence in anything you do.

“They’ve learned to scratch and claw and fight. They’re getting to the point they’ve been there, done that and they know what they’ve got to do.”

Paul, Lexi Zappitelli and Marissa DeMatteo all had two hits and Sam Blashinsky added another for the Outlaws.

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.