Overall Record 9-9
September 3, 2017
On Sunday September 3rd, the 10U Heartbreakers Softball Team will be honored at the Frederick Keys game for their achievements in the 2016-2017 season.
Among an impressive list of achievements during the course of their season, the girls proudest was completed in July at the North American All Sanctioned World Series in Ohio. The 10U Heartbreakers beat out 62 teams to make it to the World Series championship game where they were crowned 2017 World Series Runners Up – a title worth writing home about.
Along with their World Series showing, they were awarded back to back “Most Valuable Team” awards in the last two World Series tournaments – an honor they award based upon classroom achievements and community outreach.
The road to the World Series was not handed to these girls. Over the past year, this amazing team achieved a 57-8-2 record, an impressive .877 percentage of wins against the very best teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. They are back-to-back 10U Open Maryland State Champions. They won 7 tournaments this year, placed 2nd in two, and 3rd in another.
The 10U Heartbreakers are a Frederick-based softball team – most of the girls attend Frederick County Public schools. They play year-round (indoors in the winter), with tryouts every August. They practice in Frederick County.
They volunteer in Frederick County. They attend church, scouts, 4-H, and peer mentor in Frederick County.
They are multi-sport athletes. They are honor roll students (every one of them), half of which got straight-A’s! There were 20 terms total of perfect attendance. Every single 5th grade player earned the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and every single player on the team earned the Character Counts award at school. They volunteered 48 hours as a team for Toys for Tots and 803 hours as a team total this year.
They are the Vice President of their student government, a 4-H officer with a champion steer, Fun-Run coordinator, and student of the month. They participate in all-county track, hold athletic records at school, play in the band and sing in chorus. They are peer mentors, safety patrollers, special needs helpers, and media helpers. They are in the Service Learning Club, the Art Club, they write Young Hero essays.
All three coaches of the team are Frederick County Residents and perfect examples to the girls of what it means to be an active and influential member of the community. Head Coach Randy Hinkelman is also the assistant coach of the Thomas Johnson High School Varsity softball team. Assistant Coach Chad Barrick owns two small businesses in Walkersville and is the Deputy Chief at the Walkersville Fire Company. Assistant Coach Jason Lepeonka is a teacher at Walkersville High School, the department chair of the Social Studies department, and a Student Government Association advisor.
Most importantly, this impressive hometown team loves what they do. And they can’t wait to see everyone on Sunday September 3rd at NYMEO Field! One of them will even get to throw out the first pitch.
***QUALIFIED FOR WFC ELITE SELECT WORLD SERIES***
September 30 & October 1
USSSA Elite Select Futures Full Speed Fall Qualifier ** 3rd Place **
2-7 vs Team Long Island 12U
4-11 vs South Jersey Mystics 12U
15-6 vs Team Long Island 12U
7-5 vsSouth Jersey Mystics 12U
5-6 vs Delaware Cobras 12U
5-7 vs PA Strikers Premier Team Mizuno 12U
October 14 & 15
USSSA Breast Cancer Awareness NIT Open **3rd Place Gold Bracket**
0-2 vs Firebirds
7-3 vs VA Glory
12-4 vs McLean Magic
2-7 vs Ashburn Shooting Stars
October 28 & 29
Baseliners' Halloween Spectacular **3rd Place Gold Bracket**
11-2 vs Comets Black
11-7 vs Virginia Stars
6-3 vs Vienna Stars
4-1 vs Central PA Krunch
2-3 vs Saratoga Heat
November 4 & 5
USSSA Military Appreciation "B" **Tournament Cancelled**
2-6 Loudoun Liberty Black
3-8 Arlington Sage
4-3 Northern Calvert Fury