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July 31, 2014

Outlaws take fifth in national tournament

12-U softball team competes in USSSA nationals

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Hannah Erdman, front left, stands with Michigan Outlaws teammates Alex Kamin, Elizabeth Langley, Ally Brusseau, Paige Nagy, Nyah Ansel and Morgan Graham. Allison Smith, back left, stands with Shaylin Ciaramitaro, Gracie Hightower and McKenzie Knight.

WEST BLOOMFIELD —The Michigan Outlaws Softball Club took fifth place in the 12-U division at the National USSSA “Road to Orlando” World Series held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports July 12-19.

The finish was the Outlaws’ best under coach Alan Graham, who is in his seventh summer coaching the Outlaws.

“It’s been great,” Graham said of his team’s summer. “They’ve done really well. A lot of the girls have been together for three to five years, so the team is definitely doing good things.”

At the national tournament, the Outlaws went 2-1 in pool play prior to going 6-2 in bracket play to advance to the medal round, which featured the tournament’s top six teams.

Forty-six teams from all over the country participated at the tournament.

To reach the national tournament, the team took third place in the USSSA state tournament held in Canton on June 29.

Also this summer, the Outlaws won the National Softball Association (NSA) “A” state championship in East Lansing. The team also won the NSA Capital City tournament in Lansing in early June.

The team members are Hannah Erdman, Alex Kamin, Elizabeth Langley, Ally Brusseau, Paige Nagy, Nyah Ansel, Morgan Graham, Allison Smith, Shaylin Ciaramitaro, Gracie Hightower and McKenzie Knight.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.