R.O.I Midwest Claims Top Gun Events Futures Invite Championship
By: Rob Else
The inaugural Top Gun Events Futures Invite was held at Central Bank Sporting Complex over the weekend. R.O.I Midwest claimed the 14u championship with their 7-2 win over the Aces Fastpitch NWA. R.O.I, formally the Midwest Firecrackers, won the USSSA Nationals and finished top 3 in all the tournaments they played last spring.
ROI started the Futures Invite with a pair of wins on Friday night. They beat the Prodigy Decker 9-0 and the Aces Fastpitch NWA 5-3. Saturday, mother nature tried to ruin the day, but the turf fields at Central Bank Sporting Complex and Mid-America Sports Complex kept the games on track. ROI was able to beat the KC Rebels 9-2 before rallying with 6 runs in the last inning, to beat Nebraska Gold 8-4.
Three more quality wins on Sunday sealed the championship victory for ROI. They beat Ankeny Extreme Black 5-2 before getting back-to-back wins over Aces Fastpitch NWA.
In the circle, ROI was led Maisey McCarty and Raegan Brandt. McCarty threw 12 innings allowing 6 earned runs with 19 strikeouts. Brandt allowed 5 earned runs and had 13 strikeouts in her 12 innings of work.
Gabriyella Kessler led ROI at the plate. She hit .556 for the tournament with seven RBI and five runs scored. Kessler’s stats included two doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Overall, the Futures Invite was a great tournament with lots of high-quality teams from the Midwest region. It was a great way for many teams to kick-off their fall season.