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July 7, 2014

ASA Softball: PA Power Elite takes state title

LINGLESTOWN — They go by the name PA Power Elite, and you can say that after the team’s latest outing in the 12U Class B state championships, the team name is more than fitting.

At the aforementioned ASA state championships, held from June 27-29 at Koons Park, Linglestown, the PA Power Elite dominated the competition, going a perfect 7-0 while outscoring its opponents, 77-15.

“The girls played fantastic (that weekend). They hit the ball well and played solid defense,” PA Power Elite manager Mike Wolfe said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. They did all the little things necessary to become state champions.”

Next up for the PA Power Elite is the ASA 12U Eastern National Championships.

The team batted .514 as a whole and accounted for 27 extra-base hits through the seven state championship games.

The closest game the PA Power Elite had was a 9-8 win over the Stars and Strikes, winning in the bottom of the seventh.

Aside from that, the team put up wins against Lower Mac, 5-0; the Warwick Cyclones, 13-1; the Coal Region Xplosion, 10-0; the Stonersville Flames, 12-3; the Philly Flash, 11-1, in the winners’ bracket final; and won the title with a 17-2 rout over Cumberland County Magic that Sunday.

“I’m feeling very blessed for being a part of such a good group of young ladies and thankful for being a coach of PA Power Elite,” coach Brad Longacre said. “Always play smart, play hard and leave everything you got on the field (is what I tell the girls). Having confidence and believing in yourself goes a long way.”

The team is made up of girls from Freeburg, Lewisburg, Middleburg, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove and even Williamsport.

Jalyn Markley, Kelley Wolfe, Brooke Longacre, Lauren Stahl, Paige Smith and Sydney Hoffman are all on the team and were members of the 2012 ASA 10U state championship squad, Amy’s Angels.

“The girls set some very high goals back in January when they started their winter workouts and (a state championship) was one of them,” PA Power Elite coach Craig Hoffman said. “I always tell them that it takes a team to win and (that) weekend showed what a real team effort could achieve. I believe winning this tournament has made them even more determined to finish strong and achieve what they set out to do. I’m very proud of them.”

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