Some of the memories were happy (girls dyeing their hair funky colors for opening ceremonies) and some were sad (girls sick to the point of vomiting near the end of the tournament), but memories of the 2009 Hart 10U national championship team were evoked all the same late last month when three of the team’s alumni reunited on Team USA.
Saugus High graduate Mariah Lopez, West Ranch grad Jessica Harper and Canyon High grad Amanda Doyle traveled with the U.S. for an absolutely dominant showing at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship in Clearwater, Florida.
The Americans outscored their opponents 99-9 en route to a 9-0 record and a gold medal.
Lopez appeared in three games, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings. The Oklahoma rising sophomore struck out 16 and walked none.
Harper, a rising sophomore at Arizona, went 10-for-29 at the plate with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Doyle, fresh off her first year at Louisiana State University, made the 24-player roster that competed in a series of exhibition games in June and the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City in early July. But she didn’t make the final 17-player roster.
Still, she traveled with the squad to Florida, where the U.S. beat Japan 13-4 in the championship game on July 30.
The Americans, it’s safe to say, weren’t tested as arduously as that Hart 10U Gold team was.
“I remember we were fighters,” Doyle said of ‘09. “A lot of us were sick during the final games in Oregon. Half of us were sick, throwing up and not feeling well. We still fought and won the whole thing.”
All these years…
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