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Stepping Up to the Challenge: 10U Cougars Find Winning Combination in Rookie Talent, "Veteran" Leadership

By Bruce Blythe, 12/07/21, 9:00PM CST


The 10U softball Cougars finished their 2021 fall season with a 6-4 record, missing a few games to rain-outs. Head Coach Leah Turpin credited her girls, many of them Cougar rookies, for working hard, hustling and improving in all aspects of the game.

“This team features a good combination of second-year players and travel ball newcomers ready to learn and develop at a higher level,” Turpin said after the season ended.

“Transitioning from 'house' leagues to travel ball poses challenges for any player, but our girls tackled those challenges head-on, showing no hesitation in trying new positions or facing faster pitchers," Turpin said. "I'm proud of their dedication to becoming better ballplayers and of the team's overall effort, execution and energy.”

“As I look ahead to 2022, I'm confident our team is well-positioned for success. We've got an up-and-coming pitching rotation, speed on the base paths, good gloves and hitters who can drive the ball. With our experienced core combining with new talent, we will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2022 spring season. Can't wait to get back on the fields!”

The 10U Cougars open the 2022 spring season April 13 at the Carol Stream Storm. Tournaments the team will compete in include the TNT Sports Group Cornhole Summer Sizzler in Carol Stream, IL, July 15-17.

Pictured (back row): Addison Romano, Alexis Gorski, Mia Givens, Wren Turpin, Dylan Mooren, Giana Lanciloti; (front row) Maddie Jensen, Myra Shaikh, Molly Bogdan, Ellie Blythe. Not pictured: Rachel Ciarrachi.