Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Softball: Perfect Bloomingdale wins Spring Fling

RIVERVIEW — While Savanna Aversa attended a friend's wedding early Saturday evening, her Bloomingdale teammates clinched the title at the 16th annual Jon Sinclair Memorial Spring Fling tournament at Riverview.

Even though the Bulls senior second baseman did not play in the final game — a 6-4 win over Newsome that gave them the only unbeaten mark at 4-0 — she still was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"She played great defense," Bloomingdale first-year coach Melissa Gentile said of Aversa, an outfielder who moved to second due to injuries. "And she had (a team-leading) five RBIs."

The runnerup in the three-day, five-team tournament was Wharton, which defeated Alonso 5-1 to finish 3-1. Alonso posted a 2-2 record. Riverview went 1-3 and Newsome 0-4.

It's Bloomingdale's third tournament title, including 2001 and 2009.

"It's awesome for our program," Gentile said. "It just kind of shows where the program has been."

In the series clincher, Bloomingdale broke open a scoreless game against Newsome with five runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Katie Marion's two-run double and Abby Hensley's RBI single.

The Bulls used three pitchers, including Lace Smith, who pitched the first three innings and closed it out in the seventh. In between, it was Emily Whitworth and Courtney Zanoni.

In the final game of the tourney, Wharton took a 1-0 lead against Alonso on Kassidy Kujawa's home run in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats added three runs in the third, highlighted by Makaleigh Dooley's run-scoring single, for a 4-0 win.

The all-tournament team featured two players from each school: Dooley and Erika Shick of Alonso, Aversa and Jordan Alexander or Bloomingdale, Bree Schinella and Bailey Davis of Newsome, Taylor McCoy and Emily Gaitan of Riverview and Dooley and Kujawa of Wharton.

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