By DAVE PEDERSEN
Crow River News Sports
The Crow River Revolution U16 softball team participated in the North American Fastpitch Association Northern National tournament at the Rice Creek Fields in Shoreview, July 27-31.
With a total of 56 teams participating in the tournament from all over the Midwest, the Revolution went 3-2 in bracket play, 4-4 overall, earning a seventh place finish in the Gold bracket.
CR got off to a slow start in pool play, losing 6-4 to the Minnesota Stars and 7-5 to Minnesota Chaos. In both games, the Revolution was able to mount comebacks that fell short. However, the team bounced back to defeat Minnesota Moose Nelson 5-1.
Their 1-2 record in pool play resulted in a low seed (24) in the Gold bracket. CR came out swinging in the first game, defeating No. 9 seeded Minnesota Irish.
The Revolution followed with a 5-4 comeback win over No. 8 seed New Berlin Magic from Wisconsin. CR then faced its biggest challenge of the tournament, facing No. 1 seed Minnesota Moose Halverson.
CR jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, leading 5-3 through four innings. The Moose scored five runs in the fifth, holding on to win 8-5.
Facing elimination with their next game, the Revolution responded with a 5-3 victory over Minnesota Ice. CR lost 8-1 to the Bison Outlaws from Illinois to be eliminated.
This was the first appearance in a National tournament for a Crow River Revolution team in their four-year history. The Revolution is a cooperative program between St. Michael-Albertville and Rockford, involving players from other area communities.
Tom Belanger coached the team. Players are Alexa Heidgerken, Morgan Casey, Keeley Hertle, Ashley Brinkmann, Caitlin Hinz, Sara Byers, Kari Billings, Ruthie Schutz, Hope Lindenfelser, Molly Nooyen, Shelby Bassamore, Madeline Altmann and Jane Martin.
Tryouts for next year’s Crow River Revolution U14 and U16 teams are Aug. 8. Information: www.revfastpitch.com.