The Mid-Michigan Heat 12U traveled to La Plata, Maryland during the week of July 28th. The Heat team had an excellent week in Maryland. On Tuesday the 29th, opening ceremonies were held at the Regency Furniture Stadium home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. During this time the girls got to meet and trade pins with players from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and North Carolina.
On Wednesday the 30th, pool play began. The Heat went 1-1 in pool play beating the Heartbreakers of Maryland 18-0 in their first game. The Heat were led by Hallie Reed and Suthern Schuler on the pitcher’s mound. They combined for a one hit shutout in four innings. The girls played some tough defense and every player crossed the plate at least once during the first game.
Game 2 matched the Heat team up with the eventual champions the Amherst Lightning from New York. The Heat started the game out fast jumping to a 4-3 lead after three. After four innings the game was tied 5-5. The Lightning broke it open in the 6th scoring three runs meanwhile; the Heat bats cooled leading to the 8-5 defeat. The Heat were led by solid pitching by Jade Berthume and fantastic catching by Gabby Airbets. This put the Heat as a 2 seed heading into bracket play.
On Thursday the 31st, the Heat played the Hughesville Lady Canes from Maryland. The Heat were led by a 4-4 effort from Alyssa Aultman. The Heat pitching from Jade Berthume and defense was stellar shutting out the Lady Canes 7-0. Jade had 8 strikeouts to go with just 4 hits to blank the Lady Canes. Next up were the Washington Comets also from Maryland. The Heat were led by a 3-4 effort from Lainey Veenkant and solid pitching from both Hallie Reed and Suthern Schuler. The pitchers scattered six hits in seven innings leading to the 6-2 win over the Comets.
On Friday August 1st, the Heat ran out of gas losing to eventual runner-ups the Dartmouth Dynamites from Massachusetts. The Heat were up 1-0 after two when the Dynamites exploded for three runs in the third and four runs in the fourth. Errors and walks plagued the two innings leaving the Dynamites up 7-1 after four. The Heat never gave up cutting the lead to 7-3 after a clutch single by Zoe Merillat. However the Dynamites packed to much punch beating the Heat 7-3. The Heat then played the Pennsylvania Power Elite team. The bats of the Heat completely cooled leading to a 8-0 defeat.
The Heat ended the Eastern National Tournament in 5th place out of 15 teams. The Heat team ended the tournament going 3-3. Each of the Heat losses were to the top three teams at the tournament.