Rec sports: TSC's Furia Roja wins Cherry Blossom Classic Soccer Tournament

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Thunder Soccer Club

CMSSL Thunder Soccer Club's Furia Roja (U-10 girls) won their season's first tournament at the MSC Cherry Blossom Classic at the Maryland Soccerplex in Rockville, March 24 and 25. Sophia Villalba scored the winning goal of the championship game.


Members of the team are: Noel Campisi, Jillian Grub, Julia Grub, Jasmyn Hopkins, Anjalie Rader, Maddy Rothfield, Hannah Souba, Sophia Villalba, Amy Waddington and Claire Waddington.


Top Flight Gymnastics

The Top Flight Gymnastics USAG girls participated in the 2012 Level 4 Maryland State Championships meet, hosted by 1st Class Gymnastics, in Annapolis, March 31. Top Flight Level 4 results:


Junior D: Julia Heiner: 1. bar (9.85); 1. beam (9.4); 3. floor (9.5); 1. all-around (38.025).

Child D: Lacie Pierce: 2. floor (9.675); 6. all-around (37.825).

Child C: Jaycee Cox: 3. floor (9.5); 5. all-around (37.050).

Child B: Rhisen Davis: 2. floor (9.575); 4. all-around (37.3).


HCYP Raiders

The HCYP 14-U Raiders were runners-up in the 16-team field at the 10th annual Olney Mutiny at the Park Baseball Tournament April 1. The Raiders finished pool play March 31 with a 1-1 record. They recorded a come-from-behind victory over the defending MABA champion Gaithersburg Giants by scoring four runs in the last inning, capped by a walk-off single from Chris Morath, to win 8-7.

The Raiders then allowed five unearned runs in a 6-1 loss to the host Olney Pirates despite strong pitching from Joe Malagari and Zach Phillips.

On Sunday, the Raiders overcame a grueling schedule to make an improbable run through the elimination round. They defeated the seventh-seeded Germantown Hawks, 11-1, the second-seeded Mid Atlantic Shockers, 17-0, and the third-seeded Maryland Monarchs, 7-4, before losing to top-seeded Severna Park, 11-3, in the final.

In the semifinal victory over the Monarchs, the Raiders scored seven runs in the last inning to pull out another come-from-behind win. Eric Greenbaum led the team with a .435 batting average, Joe Malagari scored nine runs, Matt Ansaldi threw a four-inning no-hitter against the Shockers, and Zach Phillips led the team with a .786 on-base percentage.

Josh Pieniazek pitched six strong innings to fuel Sunday's run and the entire pitching staff benefited from great defense, both behind the plate in catcher David Phelps, and in the outfield play of Kyle Butts, Michael Fontana and Jeffrey Jones. Ben Carr and Pat O'Malley pitched and provided strong play at first base.