Swartz Creek had quite a presence on the 16U Taser Fastpitch team this past summer. Taser Fastpitch has a very talented roster consisting of players who have received numerous awards at School, Conference, District, and All-Area levels. Other players from Linden, Lake Fenton, Durand, Goodrich, Flint Southwestern, and Kearsley, along with State ranked Vestaburg and Garden City completed the 2010 Taser roster.
The Dragon component of the World Series qualifying team include Ashley Bush, Andrea Aldridge, Emily Weekly, Danielle Lodge and Katie Trombley. During their inaugural season, the team has already caught the eye of college coaches, as one coach has committed to tracking the team for all of next summer. He is the Assistant Coach at Grand Rapids Community College and also scouts for CMU, WMU, and EMU.
“I had several conversations with 4 area Varsity coaches and 2 Athletic Directors,” said Taser Head Coach Mark Lodge, “all were very interested in securing a spot on our roster for some of their players. Many high school coaches are very aware of the benefits that the travel season experience provides versus other options.” This certainly came to light for the members of the Taser team, as 5 of its players played on school teams that qualified for High School Regionals and beyond this year.
Taser Fastpitch was the last team eliminated for the quarter-finals at the State Championship in June, losing in extra innings. They also lost an extra inning heartbreaker in their only meeting with World Series and State Champion, Line Drive Express, earlier in the summer. The team finished the summer with a well earned trip to The NSA World Series in Peoria, Illinois. “We had a run in Muskegon that put us over the top for an at-large bid,” said Coach Lodge. “Lucky for us, we were able to get a hotel because another team that had already made reservations failed to qualify,” he added with a grin.
Here’s a look at the Dragon component of Taser Fastpitch:
Ashley Bush- Helped plug up the middle of the infield seeing a lot of time at both shortstop and second base. Solid defender who contributed with timely hits as well. Excellent bunter. Insisted on playing just three days after suffering a broken nose and slight concussion.
Andrea Aldridge- Played 6 different defensive positions by the time the season ended. She exhibits great speed which helps on both defense and offense. Excellent base runner. Began expanding her slap hitting arsenal to add even more of an offensive punch to her game.
Emily Weekly- Provided the most consistent outfield play all season. Many times called upon to play the side with the most difficult or unique field conditions. Top notch base runner with outstanding speed. Finished season by adding another technique to her slap hitting resume.
Danielle Lodge- Unable to play due to a season ending ACL injury before the season began. Lead the team from bench as one of the more experienced travel ball player. Was awarded “2010 Miss NSA” at World Series based on her career travel stats and major involvement with the launching of Taser Fastpitch. Was the only recipient honored from the state of Michigan.
Katie Trombley- Made an entire season out of scooping up the occasional low throws to first. Often coming up with a spectacular scoop of even the most errant throws. Thus, often making her the best friend of many infielders heading to the bench at the end of an inning after being saved by her defensive wizardry.
More information can be found about Taser Fastpitch on the team website: www.taserfastpitch.com. The site also contains a contact link.