Juneau’s Kayla Balovich is pitching up a storm and Randi Held is hitting like thunder as the JDHS teammates, along with Malin Murray and Rachelle Roldan, are helping their Eagle River softball team stay in the winners circle.
Playing for the Arctic Storm 18U Girls Fast Pitch Softball team, the girls have now won two straight tournaments by taking 1st place in the Colorado Classic in Loveland, Colorado, this past Saturday and Sunday. The next tourney, the Sparkler, began on Tuesday.
Pauline Tufi tossed a 2 hitter in the championship game to help the Arctic Storm beat the Elite Sports Prospects team from Colorado in a 5-0 shut out.
The Storm won 5 games in a row in their route to 1st place with great hitting from Tufi (3 home runs), Held (2 home runs) and Shelby Ries (1 home run).
Balovich threw for 2 of the wins and Heather Breslin had 1 win and Tufi 2 wins from the circle in the 5 games. The pitchers only allowed 4 runs to be scored against the Arctic Storm. The Arctic Storm scored a total of 47 runs over the course of the tournament.
“We had lots of college coaches interested in these student athletes,” Arctic Storm head coach Cameron Van Ryn said in a press release. “Four players have already signed with colleges ranging from DI to NAIA.”
With players being contacted by college coaches the Arctic Storm is fulfilling their objective of finding collegiate opportunities for their players.
Arctic Storm Players are: Balovich, Held, Roldan, and Murray (JDHS), Pauline Tufi, Mikayla Teel and Jamie Bingham (West Anchorage), Heather Breslin (Bartlett), Savannah Dodenhoff (Chugiak), Teagan Mergen (Eagle River), Shelby Ries (Colony) and Lauren Wolfe (Miles City Montana). Coaches are Van Ryn, Michael Mergen, Dan Ries and Shauna Murray.