2007 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

2007 held at Stratford, Connecticut.

Champion – Stratford Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (56-5)
Runner Up – Southern California Sliders, Yorba Linda, California

The format of the tournament changed to pool play with teams being seeded into a double elimination bracket.

Tournament never completed, Brakettes and Sliders were both 2-0 and in the winners bracket finals, Brakettes were leading Sliders 2-0 in winners bracket final when rain washed away the game and remainder of the tournament. By virtue of fewest runs allowed in Winners Bracket (9-1, 4-0 for a total of 1 run allowed), Brakettes were awarded the Championship and Sliders second (3-1, 7-3 for a total of 4 runs allowed). Katie Burkhart of the Brakettes (2-0, 7 IP, shutout, 12 K) was pitching the last game when the rains came. She had her team up 2-0 in the 3rd giving up 1 hit and already struck out 5. Leslie Malerich (1-0) won the other game for the Brakettes as they finished 4-0. In the losers bracket final, the Carbondale Cougars and the So Cal Hurricanes game had just started before it was washed out.

  • MVP – Courtney Bures, Stratford Brakettes
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Sarah Clynes, Carbondale Cougars (9-15) – .600
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Brandice Balschmiter, Stratford Brakettes
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Not awarded


P –  Brandice Balschmiter, Stratford Brakettes (2-0, she hurled a 5 inning 10-0 no-hitter with 8 K and then came back and tossed a 6-0 one-hitter with 8 K). All total, she was 2-0, 12 IP, 16 K, 1 hit and 0 Runs.
P – Leslie Malerich, Stratford Brakettes
P – Angelica Seldon, California Sliders
C – Melissa Roth, South California Hurricanes
1B – Stephanie Denlinger, Topton VIP’s
2B – Amanda Fishback, Stratford Brakettes
3B – Michelle Armentrout, South California Hurricanes
SS – Courtney Bures, Stratford Brakettes (was 3-3 in the 9-1 win 2 doubles and 2 RBI; then in the final game, Bures laid down a perfect suicide squeeze which scored a run and then another runner scored on an error on the subsequent throw.). She played great defense from her shortstop position as well.
OF – Sarah Clynes, Carbondale Cougars
OF – Sari Jane Jenkins, Stratford Brakettes
OF – Danielle Kinley, California Sliders
OF – Lindsay Pickering, Carbondale Cougars
UTIL – Sarah Coppert, Indiana Slammers
UTIL – Samantha Marder, California Sliders
UTIL – Melissa Sanchez, California Sliders


P – Megan Denny, Carbondale Cougars
P – Sarah Hoffman, New York Freedom
P – Helen Pena, South California Hurricanes
C – Abby Gross, Indiana Slammers
1B – Rachel Folden, South California Hurricanes
2B – Crista Cerrone, New York Freedom
3B – Candace Clark, Topton VIP’s
SS –  Courtney Martinez, South California Hurricanes
OF – Katie Gollhardt, South California Hurricanes
OF – Jenny Jacobs, Indiana Slammers
OF – Cambra Miranda, California Sliders
OF – Christina Novak, Impact Fastpitch
UTIL – Tonya Callahan, Carbondale Cougars
UTIL – Toni DeFillippo, Topton VIP’s
UTIL – Morgan Wheeler, Impact Fastpitch


1. Stratford Brakettes, Stratford, CT (2-0)
2. California Sliders, Montclair, CA (2-0)
3. Carbondale Cougars, Carbondale, IL (2-2)
4. Southern Cal. Hurricanes, Lake Forest, CA (3-2)
5t. Topton VIP’s, Topton, PA (3-2)
5t. Indiana Slammers, Hobart, IN (2-2)
7t. New York Freedom, Babylon, NY (2-2)
7t. Impact Fastpitch, Churubsuco, IN (2-2)
9t. Midland Lady Explorers, Midland, MI (0-2)
9t. Bloomington Lady Hearts, Bloomington, IL (0-2)
9t. Saints, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
9t. KAM/Hooters, Portage, MI (0-2)

L-R, top row – Scorer Steve Pavlich, GM Bob Baird, Courtney Bures, Manager John Stratton, Whitney Mollica, Stephanie Hill, Amanda Morin, Brandice Balschmiter, Leslie Malerich, Killian Roessner, Katie Burkhart, Joanna Gail, Coach Rich Roessner, Coach Julie Brzezinski, Media Director Rob Baird. Bottom row – Allison Twarowski, Jill Cimminello, Amber Radomski, Beth Boden, Mandie Fishback, Sari-Jane Jenkins, Denise Denis. Missing – Candice Freel.


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