Two local fastpitch travel softball players led their team to a 2nd place overall finish and multiple awards in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Fastpitch Eastern World Series 10U “Open” that took place on July 15-19, 2015, at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, Maryland. Their team edged out 27 other teams in the 10U Open girls fastpitch softball division.
Delaney Haller, of Meadowbrook, WV, and Emma Kyle, of Clarksburg, WV, are both members of the Pittsburgh Power 10U Sullivan travel team and a pitcher/catcher duo. The teammates are coached by Manager Shannon Sullivan, Head Coach Lori Hrivnak, and Assistant Coaches Tim Herzer and Tim Sullivan.
Pittsburgh Power 10U Sullivan battled through strong competition from Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The ladies went 10 and 3 in the World Series finishing as the 10U Runner Up. Additionally, Pittsburgh Power 10U Sullivan ended their season with an overall 60-10 record. During the season, the team placed 1st in seven out of eight tournaments and 3rd in one tournament prior to the World Series event. Pittsburgh Power 10U Sullivan is ranked fifth in the nation in the USSSA Power Rankings in the girls 10U Division.
Haller was selected by the USSSA and was awarded the 2015 USSSA 10U Overall Outstanding Pitcher Award for the World Series. Haller went into the World Series with a 1.091 ERA with 211 strikeouts over 110 innings and a .417 batting average.
Kyle serves as the team’s number one catcher and went into the World Series with a .441 batting average.
Additionally, the Pittsburgh Power 10U Sullivan team received the World Series’ Team Sportsmanship Award for the 10U Division.
Haller is the daughter of Johnny and Heather Kuhn Haller of Meadowbrook, WV, and will be in the 5th grade at Big Elm Elementary. Kyle is the daughter of Tim and Dee Kyle of Clarksburg, WV, and will be in the 6th grade Mountaineer Middle School. Both girls are also members of the Mountain State Girls Softball League (MSGSL) located in Shinnston, WV. Both young ladies will be moving up in the Pittsburgh Power Softball organization to a 12U team this fall.