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November 3, 2011

NEMO Stealers Take 2nd Place at Kansas City Area Halloween Softball Tourney

Members of the NEMO Stealers are, front row (L to R), Shaye Wright (Memphis), Karley Smith (Maywood), Kadie Meek (Bonaparte, IA), and Megan Oilar (Kahoka), Back row (L to R) are Coach Lori Rader, Kaisey Perkins (Unionville), Bethany Rader (Memphis), Whitney Mcelhinney (Lancaster), Lauren Dale (Edina), Olivia Harris (Memphis) and Coach Chris Harris.

Nine girls from the northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa area recently competed in the Kansas City area ASA 16/18u Halloween weekend tournament "Creature Feature" in Lee's Summit. The team captured second place, finishing with a 6-2 record in the 8 games played during the 2 days. The NEMO Stealers beat teams from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

While competing in the 16/18u division, the team was made up of 5 girls still eligible for ASA 14 and under age group and 4 girls eligible for the 16u division.

On Day 1 during pool play, the girls were a perfect 4-0, capturing a #1 seed for the tournament scoring 34 runs and allowing only 8 on the day. This was done with strong pitching performances from Lauren Dale (Knox County) and Beth Rader (Scotland County) and tough defense and excellent hitting from the whole team.

On Day 2 the girls beat the Kansas City Elite 16a and the Blue Springs Blaze 16a teams, two very good Kansas City Metro area teams, to go to a perfect 6-0 and make it one win away from the championship.

With the championship game scheduled for a 3:30 start the girls warmed up but had to wait and watch an additional one hour until 4:30 to start the championship game due to delays out of their control.

They fought hard but lost their first game of the tournament to the Blue Springs Blaze team, which they had beaten earlier in the day. During that game, one of the girls received an injury in a collision on a close play at home, which would ultimately come back to haunt the team in the final game of the day.

That loss set up an immediate rematch between the 2 teams, this time the girls would be at a disadvantage going into the contest with only 8 players.

Playing with only 8 players and receiving an automatic out every time the 9th batter would have come up, they gave their all and made their presence known but ultimately they went down to defeat 5-2 and placed 2nd in the tournament playing shorthanded.

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