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Bunch helps team to World Series title


Foster Oilers take 10U win World Series in Columbus


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The Foster Oilers 10U softball team won the North American All Sanctioned World Series recently. They are front Josie Tague, Brooklyn Bunch, Morgan Newton, Katie Shuboy, Lorelei Mahon and Jordyn Jones; middle bat girl Caitlyn Esselink, Amelia McLaren, Brooklyn Jones, Ashley Stafford, Alayna Esselink and Emily Leusby; and back assistant coach Bob Esselink, manager Brian Bunch and assistant coach Angela Jones. Anna McKiernan is not pictured.

August 08, 2018
TRI-CITY AREA — The Foster Oilers 10U softball team claimed a first-place finish July 27-29 at the North American All Sanctioned World Series.

Lou Berliner Park, in Columbus, Ohio, is where the games were contested.

The team began their title-producing run with a 2-0 win against Lady Land Sharks on Friday, July 27.

Later that day, Foster Oilers dropped a 6-5 verdict to New York Diamond Girls.

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The following day saw Foster Oilers split a pair of contests, incurring a 3-1 setback to WV119 S. Fastpitch and rolling to a 17-0 victory over Indiana Catz.

That left the team 2-2 heading in to games on Sunday, July 29.

It was there Foster Oilers got things started with an 11-3 triumph against Akron Racers.

They then earned a 4-2 win over Kentucky Softball Club and a 9-7 victory against Amherst Lightning, assuring themselves of a spot in the championship game versus Wizards 419.

When the final out was registered, Foster Oilers left the field with a 6-3 triumph to their credit.

Ashley Stafford (Richmond) led the team during the tournament with a 783 average and nine RBI.

Brooke Bunch (Almont) provided Foster Oilers with a .571 average, 13 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.

Katie Shuboy (Richmond) added a .500 average and eight RBI.

Shuboy also handled the bulk of the team's pitching responsibilities, registering 53 strikeouts over 28 innings.

Emily Leusby (Sterling Heights) threw nine innings for Foster Oilers, giving up just one earned run and collecting nine strikeouts along the way.

Ashley Stafford (Richmond) caught every inning of the tournament and threw out three of nine opposing baserunners attempting to steal.

They were joined on the team by Amelia McLaren (Emmett), Alayna Esselink (Richmond), Josie Tague (Romeo), Morgan Newton (Marysville), Lorelei Mahon (Macomb) Jordyn Jones (Richmond) and Anna McKiernan (Richmond). They were directed to the top finish by Brian Bunch with assistance from Bob Esselink and Angela Jones.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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