Lynch leads Hollywood 18U team at Nationals

The Hollywood 18U Fastpitch softball team finished its season recently with a trip to the World Series in Rockford, Ill., from July 25-29. The Hollywood team, made up players from all over the area and led by former Watertown-Mayer star Amanda Lynch, finished in fifth place out of 28 teams with a record of 7-2 at the tournament.

Players received fifth place medals as well as a team trophy. Lynch was nominated to the all-tournament team for her great play throughout the week. Former Royal standout Kinsie Stifter also helped coach the team.

The girls were swinging the bats well all week and produced more runs per game than any team in the tournament. In 100 degree heat, they started hot right away in pool play with a 10-5 win over the St. Louis Marauders, followed by a 12-7 victory over the MN Explosion. Hollywood then finished pool play undefeated with an 8-0 win over the Aurora Raiders from Illinois to take the No. 1 seed in their pool. Katie White, Lynch and Mackenzie Williams all received MVP awards during those games.

Hollywood began Championship play on Thursday with a close 4-3 win over the Phillies from Glen Ellen, Ill., followed by a win under the lights against the Omaha Lightning by a score of 7-2. Hollywood’s first loss came on Friday morning against the Midwest Slammers Gold from Nebraska in a 1-0 thriller.

Not happy with being shut out in their loss, Hollywood came back swinging to a 12-0 win against the Ruffnecks from Kansas on Saturday morning. Hollywood met the Phillies for a rematch on Saturday afternoon. Hollywood got the best of this game with a 5-4 win. Hollywood’s season came to an end on Saturday evening with a loss to the Phoenix Flyers from Kansas. The Hollywood team finished their regular season with a 20-0 record.