VA Glory 14u National Ladia hangs on in a nail-biter for the 14u Supplemental Power Pool Championship
July 2, 2023
Loveland, Colo – Nobody ever said winning was easy, especially when you are at Triple Crown’s Colorado 4th of July. Sunday’s game was a perfect example of how you respond to early losses and adversity, as two teams that started the tournament slow, persevered to fight their way down to the final outs of the event. Virginia Glory 14u National Ladia and Breakers Labs Keush-14u battled it out for the 2023 14u Supplemental Power Pool Championship on Sunday afternoon in an instant classic matchup.
After sluggish starts for both teams earlier in the week to begin play in Colorado, VA Glory carried a five-game winning streak into the title game, while Breakers Labs was riding a six-game stretch of wins.
Breakers Lab third baseman Addie Taufa, wasted little time in her first at-bat, launching a home run over the left field fence to give her team a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Within a matter of minutes, Lillana McAnaw delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie it up, 1-1.
VA Glory first baseman Mya Cook came up big the follow inning, delivering an RBI single laced into centerfield, putting the Northern Virginia based club back on top 2-1, after two innings. Cook proved to have more where that came from later in the contest.
Breakers’ Charlee Carrillo’s single in the top of the third, followed by a Taufa single to left gave Breakers Labs their final lead of the game, 3-2. Taufa went 2-for-2 on the day with a pair of RBIs for her team.
In the bottom of the third, Glory catcher Abby Burns doubled to center, scoring Myla Harding and Liliana McAnaw, and regaining a lead 4-3 for the Glory and ending the brief outing of Breakers’ reliever Ashlyn Darrow.
In the fifth, Cook added to her impressive day with some insurance, via a solo shot to dead center, extending the VA Glory lead to 5-3. Insurance run aside, things got interesting in the bottom half of the sixth with the game’s time limit approaching.
With the bases loaded, starting pitcher Gabriela McAnaw, sister of shortstop Lillian, needed one out to secure the championship. Breakers’ Avery Walanksi hit a soft single to shallow left, plating one run and creating the play at the plate for the potential game-tying run. The shortstop proved to have her sister’s back, delivering a perfect throw from shallow left to get baserunner Leah Narvaez at the plate and secure the 5-4 victory.
With Head Coach Rachael Ladia, who recently gave birth and had to miss this year’s tournament, watching on at home on the live video stream, her players all waved as they received their medals and completed a remarkable championship run in Colorado.