Anoka Ramsey Tornadoes take third at nationals

The Anoka Ramsey Tornadoes 10U-A fastpitch softball team capped its winning 2012 season with a third-place finish at the NASA National fastpitch tournament.

The Anoka Ramsey Tornadoes 10U-A celebrate July 29 after taking third place in the NASA National fastpitch softball tournament. That finish was the best finish at nationals by any Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association fastpitch team ever, according to Coach Chad Hasbrook. Photo courtesy of Chad Hasbrook

The Anoka Ramsey Tornadoes 10U-A celebrate July 29 after taking third place in the NASA National fastpitch softball tournament. That finish was the best finish at nationals by any Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association fastpitch team ever, according to Coach Chad Hasbrook. Photo courtesy of Chad Hasbrook

According to Coach Chad Hasbrook, the Tornadoes’ third-place finish is the “best finish at nationals by any (Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association) fastpitch team ever.”

To accomplish that feat, the AR Tornadoes finished its regular season and took second in Suburban A league play, then finished fifth at Minnesota State Tier 1.

At nationals, the Tornadoes went undefeated in pool play to qualify for the Gold Division (A) and then finished 5-2 in double elimination.

The team’s only losses were to a couple of out-of-state club teams, “all-star, pay-to-play teams,” in other words, said Hasbrook.

Anoka Ramsey Tornadoes line-up

Players

• Lexi Tonsager

• Tayler Cunningham

• Madison Ceaser

• Skylar Wise

• Emma Bright

• Delaney Max

• Skylar Schultz

• Jersi McAlpine

• Kailee Hasbrook

• Reyna Schlenker.

Head coach

• Chad Hasbrook

Assistant coaches

• Adam McAlpine

• Brandi McAlpine

• Aaron Wise

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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