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Wiers Warriors take title in Pekin

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 9:08 p.m. CDT
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Members of the 14-Under Wiers Warriors team includes: (front row from left) Bree Szambelan, Mollie Beckman, Lyda Robinson, Abbey Spesia, Faith Chada and Taylor Sullivan. (Back row) Coach Ken Sangston, Maggie Capalbo, Madison Schutz, Alvia Messel, Rachel Sangston, Ashley Phelps, Sydney Poppe and coach Kindra Messel.

Perhaps the Wiers Warriors 14-under softball team has the best idea to beat the bad weather of all area teams.

Play indoors.

While the youth league team is now taking a hiatus for the prep softball season, last month the Warriors braved the elements to get down to play in the Winter Bash held in Pekin.

Morris started slow at the event but then bounced back to win three straight to win the championship there.

This is the third season that the current group has been together according to coach Messel.

“This team was formed three years ago under the Wiers Warriors organization,” she said. “Most of the girls have been with the team all three years. This is our second season playing at 14-under and the first year of playing in the higher competitive (Class A) ball.”

Messel said that she and Sangston like to take the team to different places and venues to play.

“We make all of the decisions as far as what tournaments to enter,” Messel said. “We chose this particular tournament because it helps break up the winter workouts and it gives the girls something to look forward to.

“It also helps us to see where we are at and what we will need to work on during the spring. We also choose the weekend because it is one of the last weekends that our high school aged girls could play with us before the season starts.”

At the event, Morris lost both times on opening day before bouncing back and winning four straight to win the tournament.

The Warriors began the comeback with a 9-0 win over the BNGSA Hurricanes and capped off the day with two come-from-behind wins to take the championship.

That included an 8-7 win over the Quad City Lady Hitmen and a 4-3 win against the Quad City Firebirds.

The Wiers Warriors team consists of players from Morris, Channahon, Minooka, Seneca, Coal City. Plainfield and Romeoville.

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