Gibson Southern Storm dominate NSA World Series

LUCAS WHITTEN Sports Editor – PD Clarion

The Gibson Southern Storm 12U team from Fort Branch, IN took to Evansville, Indiana to take part in the NSA World Series this past weekend.

During the tournament, the Storm dominated their opponents and went a perfect 9-0 to win the series.

 “I’m really proud of the girls,” said head coach Craig Money. “They’ve been working hard since January and they have come a long way since the beginning of the season to put it together. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Storm, who have won seven tournaments including the NSA World Series, kicked things off with a 3-2 win over the BNGSA Angels and followed that win with an 11-0 victory over the Queen of the Diamonds.

The Storm continued to swing a hot bat, knocking off the Triple Crown Elite 12-0, the IN Zephyrs 9-1, the Napersville Diamonds, 13-0, the KY Eclipse 03, 3-1 and the Windy City Thunder 11-4 before taking the IL Dream Seams twice and winning both of those games 3-0 and 8-0 to claim the World Series title.

“Our defense carried us,” Money said. “We gave up 8 runs in nine games. Olivia Stunkel pitched fabulous and our defense behind her was the best I’ve seen all year.”

Stunkel pitched 31.2 innings and allowed only two runs on 12 hits and nine walks while striking out 51 batters.

Also pitching for the Storm was Jayden Casebolt. She threw 13.1 innings and allowed six runs on 19 hits and seven walks while striking out six batters.

Offensively, the Storm couldn’t be stopped. The team combined to go 89-212 from the plate for a .420 batting average and knocked in 59 RBIs.

“The middle of the lineup was hot all week,” Money said. “It was a huge key every time they got up to bat. They were really sparking the lineup.”

Julia Dassel knocked in a team-high eight RBIs and scored five runs while going 5-13 from the plate.

Olivia Money scored a team-high 13 runs, knocked in four RBIs and batted 14-21 for a .666 batting average.

The Storm will carry a 67-9 season record into their final tournament of the season, the USFA Northern Nationals in Fishers, Indiana.

“We’re trying to finish up strong,” Money said. “If we could finish up with a win, I would consider that a complete season.”

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