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Softball  | Softball Tournament  | 1/31/2022

Winter Blow-Out Scouting Recap

Photo: Perfect Game
There were 23 14u and 16u teams representing Illinois, Missouri and the home state Iowa in Burlington from Jan. 21-23 to participate in the Perfect Game Winter Blow-Out Tournament.

14u Division

The 14u Division had seven teams open up pool play Friday night. By the time pool play concluded Saturday night, the Palatine Stingrays 07 claimed the No. 1 seed with a 3-0 record, followed by Dubuque Thunder 14u Black, Southern Iowa Savage and Heartland Havoc ‘08.

Bracket play began on Sunday and after the quarterfinal games, the top-four moved into the semis. In a tight game, top seed Palatine Stingrays 07 edged out Heartland Havoc 08 by a score of 9-8 to move to the finals. The other semi had Southern Iowa Savage over Dubuque Thunder 14u Black, 6-2.

The championship game saw Palatine Stingrays' Hailey Lucas (2025, Palatine, Ill) go against Savage pitcher Cambry Livingston (2026, Norwalk, Iowa), the top two pitchers in the tournament. Palatine Stingrays 07 were able to score an unearned run in the home half of the first and never looked back, as they scored two runs in the second, one in the third, and four in the fourth to win the Perfect Game Winter Blow-Out, 8-0.

Pitching MVP went to Lucas, who struck out 5 in 4 innings, as well as knocking in 4 RBI. The MVP award went to Palatine's Abigayle Garcia (2025, Des Plaines, Ill.), who went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and hit .727 for the tournament.

Other notable performances over the weekend included Southern Iowa Savage players Lexi Clendenen (2026, Indianola, Iowa), who was able to stay inside the ball and drive it to all fields. Lexi had 3 doubles and 2 home runs in her 7 total hits. Rhiannon Rees (2026 Grinnell, Iowa) displayed a smooth swing from the left side of the plate that lends itself to getting the ball in the air. Rees collected 6 hits, 3 of which were home runs. Cambry Livingston (2026, Norwalk, Iowa) worked 17 innings and collected 21 strikeouts.

Heartland Havoc 08's Emma Woltz (2026, Davenport, Iowa) collected 8 hits, which included 3 doubles and a home run. Emma understands engaging her lower half to generate power from her small frame. This might be attributed to the fact she also pitches, working 8 innings and striking out 15.

Dubuque Thunders 14u Black's Morgan Hosch (2025, Epworth, Iowa) showed she was a threat at the plate and on the bases, knocking 4 doubles in 6 at-bats and stealing 4 bases.

16u Division

Sixteen teams traveled from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa to participate in the 16u Perfect Game Winter Blow-Out, in hopes of being the last one standing. At the conclusion of two days of pool play Saturday night, the Central Illinois Lady Force, out of Auburn, Ill., Louisville Lady Sluggers Arnold from St. Louis, Mo., MWC 15u Select from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and Iowa Outlaws Select 06 Andrew out of Winterset won their respective pools.

After completion of the quarterfinals, the seeding held and the four pool winners advanced to the semis, with Iowa Outlaws Select 06 Andrew and Central Illinois Lady Force moving to the championship game. On paper, the game would appear to be a pitcher's duel as the top two pitchers in the tournament, Outlaws' Aubrey Lensmeyer (2025, Ankeny, Iowa) and Lady Force's Maia Lorengo (2024, Tremont, Ill.) would be in the circle.

In the bottom of the first inning, Lady Force's Miriah Powell (2024, Decatur, Ill.) led off with home run. Not to be outdone, Taylor Patterson (2025, Auburn, Ill.) made it back-to-back with her own shot to left field for a 2-0 lead. As the game moved into the top of the third, Outlaws' Makenzie Sloan (2025, Indianola, Iowa) hit a lead-off bomb. After a walk, Outlaws' Kiley Kindelspire (2025, Indianola, Iowa) delivered a two-run, no-doubt tank. Before the inning ended, Lily Hans (2024, Ankeny, Iowa) joined the party with her own two-run bomb to make the score 5-2. In the bottom of the fourth, Lady Force's Ava Rodriguez (2026, Pawnee, Ill.) hit a solo shot, but that would be the end of the scoring. Iowa Outlaws Select 06 Andrew took the championship, 5-3. All eight runs scored in the game were via the long ball.

MV-Pitcher went to Lensmeyer, who worked 18 innings, collected 45 strikeouts, gave up zero walks, and 3 earned runs. She showed excellent command, and is able to work both sides of the plate. Velocity was consistent at 59 mph. Kindelspire was named MVP, as she had a pretty impressive stat line in earning the award. Kindelspire collected 10 hits, hit 3 home runs, had 12 RBI, scored 10 runs, and stole 2 bases, hitting at a .526 clip.

Other top performers

Iowa Select Outlaws' Lily Hans (2024, Ankeny, Iowa) collected 10 hits, 5 for extra bases that included 3 home runs, finishing with10 RBI and a .692 batting average.

Ella McGee (2024, Waukee, Iowa) had 10 hits and 7 RBI.

Central Illinois Lady Force's Ava Rodriguez (2026, Pawnee, Ill.) had 8 hits, 3 home runs, and 12 RBI.

Miriah Powell (2024, Decatur, Ill.) hit .563 with 2 home runs, and made some spectacular plays in center field. She also topped out at 60 mph in her 5 innings of pitching.

Maia Lorengo (2024, Tremont, Ill.) worked 23 innings and struck out 37 while sitting at 59 mph.

Louisville Lady Sluggers Arnold's Grace Molitor (2025, Marthasville, Mo.) collected 8 hits, 5 for extra bases with 2 home runs. She is a smooth-fielding middle infielder with a plus arm, and showed the ability to throw out runners from deep in the hole at short.

Iowa Elite Force's Caedence Risius (2024, Des Moines, Iowa) had a great weekend. Risius pitched 16 innings, striking out 32, and then went to work at the plate, collecting 10 hits with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and 8 RBI.

MWC 15u Select's Neeley Rehm (2023, Ft. Madison, Iowa) worked 9 innings in the circle this weekend and collected 22 strikeouts.