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Third-place finish caps stellar summer for DG Rebels

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 4:28 p.m. CDT
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Members of the Downers Grove Rebels 14U A team hold up the third place plaques won at the Amateur Softball Association Northern National Tournament. Members of the team pictured are (front row, from left): Madison Collins, Katherine Porter, Alaina Grosvenor, Jade Mejia Wick, MacKenzie Bernhard, (middle row) Emma Zenkel, Lilja Carden, Sam Martin, Sam Krupa, Emma Smith, Olivia Glass, (back row) assistant coach Kelly Quain, head coach Dave Bernhard, Jr., and assistant coach Dave Bernhard, Sr. Not pictured is Rachel Davis.

DOWNERS GROVE – If the goal of any fastpitch softball team is to play its best at the end of a season, then the Downers Grove Rebels 14U A softball team did just that.

The Rebels placed third out of 37 teams in the Amateur Softball Association Northern National Tournament in Bowling Green, Ky., held July 24 to 27.

In the tourney, the Rebels dominated their first six opponents, outscoring them 59-7 for the highest scoring differential of all teams through six games. Additionally, the seven runs allowed were the fewest among the 37 teams. The Rebels shut out three opponents, second-most among tournament teams, while the 59 runs scored were also second-highest.

The third-place national finish added to the Rebels' trophy hall this summer. A week before the ASA tournament, the Rebels won the Summer Spectacular Tournament in Romeoville to match a first-place finish at the United States Specialty Sports Association World Series Qualifier in May.

The Rebels finished with a 48-15-1 record during the spring and summer season. Combined with the fall season, the 14U A Rebels put a 61-17-1 mark into the book. Separate winning streaks of 19 games and 13 games were included in the summer season, and of the 15 losses in the summer, eight were by one run.

The 12 members of the team represented eight different high schools in the western suburbs with strong softball programs. Team members included: Sam Martin, MacKenzie Bernhard, and Jade Mejia Wick from Downers Grove North; Rachel Davis and Sam Krupa from Downers Grove South; Emma Smith and Olivia Glass from Oak Park-River Forest; Katherine Porter (Glenbard West), Madison Collins (York), Lilja Carden (Hinsdale Central), Alaina Grosvenor (Bolingbrook) and Emma Zenkel (Metea Valley).

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