The city-based Rhode Island Fire n’ Ice 14U travel soft team is enjoying quite a fruitful summer on the regional circuit, having won its last two tournaments. To date, the local entry has compiled a 28-7-1 record.
On the weekend of July 22, after being seeded first in pool play (3-0 on Sat), Fire n’ Ice won the Darlington Summer Slam by de
feating the New England Diamond Gems out of New Hampshire in the best of three final. Fire n’ Ice won 8-1 in the first game, lost 9-2 in the second game and won the championship by winning 9-3 in the third game. There were right teams in this tournament.
Fire n’ Ice next entered as a top seed in Guilford, Conn, at the Shoreline Stinger Classic. After pool play unbeaten, Fire n’ Ice defeated the Stratford Breakers 12-2 in the semifinals and defeated the Conn. Seahawks 5-3 in the tournament final. Fire n’ Ice finished first out of 15 teams in that tourney.
Prior to these tournaments Fire n’ Ice lost in the final at the Paul Wilcox Memorial Tournament in Keene, N.H. After pool play, Fire n’ Ice
finished as the No. 1 seed over 12 teams. After going 3-0 on Sat, Fire n’ Ice defeated Tanner Pride from Woburn, Mass., 5-2 and the Bay State Sharks from Bourne, Mass., 4-3 in the semifinals before losing in the championship to the New Hampshire Comets from Bow, N.H.
Results for Fire n’ Ice in its first three tournaments this year were: Swansea Extreme Qualifier (PONY) fourth out of 20 teams; Rhode Island ASA States, fourth out of 10; Leominster Umpires Open, third out of 16 teams.
Fire n’ Ice still have two tournaments this year, this weekend in L
owell, Mass., at the Kelli Page Memorial and at the North Kingstown Cool August Blast tournament on Aug. 10-12. Fire n’ Ice are also participating in the Darlington Summer League where the locals play a mix of excellent 14U teams and 16U teams.
Members of this years team included nine East Providence residents: Brianna Allienello, Kristin Lyons, Emily Machado, Jillian Mackevich, Haley Martins, Hanna Maynard, Taylor Medeiros , Casey Traverse, Corrie Traverse. The rest of the roster is comprised of Ally Beaton, Taylor Pacheco, Annie Mitchell, Courtney Whitmore and Gianna Tobojka. Team coaches are Rob Traverse, Butch Medeiros, Jay Mackevich and Dave Mitchell.