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July 31, 2013

Amateur softball: 12U ASA team earns second at nationals in just first season together

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

Before his team even stepped foot on a softball field to play a game of ASA softball, Central PA Havoc manager Kevin Wagner had a feeling that his 12U team had more than a lot of potential for success based on what he saw his girls do in practice.

The determination, teamwork, and maybe most importantly, positive attitude, were big indicators of what Wagner knew was to come.

When they won the Amy's Angels Tournament in Beavers Springs earlier this year to earn a berth at nationals, Wagner's feeling of success certainly rang true.

"As soon as I saw how positive they were, I knew this was going to be a special year. This is a great group of young ladies (and) they deserve all the recognition they get now because they worked so hard and they've been a great group of young ladies," Wagner said.

That group of local young ladies -- playing for the first time together with the Central PA Havoc -- nearly claimed the 2013 12U Class B Eastern National championship in Sterling, Va., coming up just short as they lost to the Adrioneack Avalanche, 3-1. In total, 18 different teams competed in the national tournament. The Havoc had to come back through the losers' bracket after losing their second game on Sunday in the championship series. In total, the Havoc ended up playing five games on Sunday.

The Central PA Havoc won the first game against them, forcing a rematch due to it being the Avalanche's first loss. Heavy rain on Saturday pushed a number of games to Sunday and in the process, forced the tournament to reduce the time limit on games played from 1:40 to 1:20.

The Central PA Havoc is comprised of 12 girls mainly from the Lewisburg, Milton, Warrior Run, Danville and Sunbury area.

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