Power Surge Prepares Players to Win in Softball and Beyond

Power Surge Teamwork

by Rachel Pfeiffer – Fastpitch Network

Like many travel organizations, Power Surge started small. A single rec team who wanted to play better competition led to the founding of the Power Surge organization in 1992, and the rest is history. Now boasting around 25 teams, Scott Berndess credits the organization’s success to the talented girls and coaches who have represented Power Surge the past thirty years.

“We’re all here to have fun but winning was very important. It put us on the map,” he says.

Power Surge has won many tournaments and titles, including two national championships. Winning is not only important for the success of the organization, but also the players themselves.

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Sky is the Limit for Arizona Storm’s Dellamonica

Alexis Dellamonica - Arizona Storm - 2023

by Tracy Yoder – Fastpitch Network

Dominating the 3rd base line for Arizona Storm 16U – Mathis, stands a fearless competitor, Alexis Dellamonica. With amazing raw athleticism and natural talent, Dellamonica is described as “one of the most gifted athletes” Steve Appel has ever coached.

Competing with the Arizona Storm since 10U, Dellamonica represents a 5 Tool Player who excels in speed, power, hitting, fielding, and arm strength. Not only does Dellamonica possess the essential skills for on-field success, she offers so much versatility to her team.

Dellamonica is currently ranked as the No. 16 utility player and No. 39 overall in the 2023 class, according to Fastpitch Network. While she is a stand-out 3rd baseman, Dellamonica is extremely versatile in the field with the ability to play middle infield or could be a dynamite center fielder, according to Appel.

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Gravity of Tampa Mustangs-Rene Chemistry Pulls Families In

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by Rachel Pfeiffer – Fastpitch Network

The 16U Tampa Mustangs have played together a long time, and this longevity translates to an understanding of expectations and conduct that Coach Rene Ciccarello Jr. believes has helped them achieve success.

“We started the team in 2014, and many of these players have been with us a long time. It’s organically evolved, but every player that has joined us understands our team culture and shares our values,” he says. “We have a lot of selfless players, so when you come on this team, I think that it’s refreshing for a lot of players. We’re competitive, but there’s a chemistry we offer that I think a lot of people gravitate to.”

This chemistry helps the team believe they are in any game, regardless of what the scoreboard says.

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Mojo Lunsford 2023 Plays to Get Better; Plays to Win

Mojo Lunsford 2023 Team Photo from Facebook Page

by Ross Jacobs – Fastpitch Network

Head Coach Mike Lunsford and Assistant Coach Jason Wade know a thing or two about building winning teams. They won a national championship in Roanoke in 2020 and another in 2018. In 2019, they finished 3rd in PGF platinum. This year they brought their 16U squad to the MOJO organization due to their winning ways and player first approach.

“They have a great group of teams over there,” said Lunsford. “With seven national championships, plus the two we bring with us, this organization has nine championships over the last five years. It’s about the girls – not the organization. It’s hard to grow a team culture, but here in MOJO it’s a winning a culture that is all about the girls. That was well established before we got here and we want to continue to grow that culture and get better as a team.”

Mojo Lunsford 2023 The Play Is Called In
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Editors Note:

Roster: https://www.mojoathletics.club/roster/show/6128209?subseason=729458

Game Changer: https://gc.com/t/spring-2021/mojo-lunsford-6021796901a5c70a5fe9f82d

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MojoLunsford2023/photos/?ref=page_internal

Texas Dirt Divas Courtney Blades-Rogers Takes the Reigns in 16U

Texas Dirt Divas Tournament Photo

by Ross Jacobs – Fastpitch Network

On paper, the [ 16U ] Texas Dirt Divas have a strong team primed to compete for the PGF Championship. For many teams that would be the goal, but for new manager Courtney Blades-Rogers, her goals go further.

“If we had all 25 kids (in the 2023 class) verbally committed, that’s a successful season,” said Blades-Rogers. “Wins and losses are great – and I want to win – but the reality is that it is all about their future.”

Blades-Rogers understands softball success quite well. Her accomplishments as a player are extensive. She was the 2000 Honda Sports Award Softball Player of the year as an All-American pitcher for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. She’s left her mark on the sport with the second most wins in college softball history while ranking fifth all-time in strikeouts. In 2012, she became a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

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Atlanta Vipers 05 Poised for Success in 16U

Vipers 05 Full Team

by Rachel Pfeiffer – Fastpitch Network

The 16U Atlanta Vipers 05 boast a talented roster built on speed, power and discipline. These girls have sky-high expectations for the upcoming travel ball season even as a first-year 16U team. Whether they’re winning tournaments, facing 18U teams in scrimmages, or grinding through practice together, the Atlanta Vipers know how to be great, in large part because they’ve been taught from the beginning what it takes to be champions.

Coach Stacy Tamborra leads the Vipers. After Tamborra finished her decorated pitching career at Florida State, she said she would never coach or teach. However, she began giving a few lessons and helped coach a local travel team. As she worked with the girls, she began to change her mind. “I just realized that God just had a bigger plan for me. You’re able to impact kids at a whole other level when you’re instructing them,” Tamborra says.

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Denio’s Explosion Expands its Radius, Clears Setbacks

Explosion Softball

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

If you are not from the west coast, your first introduction to Bret Denio may have come through his role as the National Director for the Premier Girls Fastpitch organization.

When you finally get to southern California to play softball, you will quickly learn that he is also the head of the Explosion Softball organization that has some talented teams on the west coast in California, Arizona, and Utah.

“It always starts with the coaching. Look for coaches that are in this game for the right reasons,” says Denio. “I always do research and make sure these coaches are in it for the right reasons and are not there for financial gain.”

Explosion Softball - The Wind UP!
Explosion Softball – The Wind UP!
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PGF Thrives Keeping Parents, Players; Coaches at Forefront

Dan Hay PGF President & CEO

Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Between the two of them, Gary Haning and Dan Hay possessed the requisite experience and influence. They also saw an opening to do something big in the club softball world.

“An opportunity arose and we decided to launch our own national championship,” Hay said.

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