18U Elite – Age as of December 31, 2013. (Usually born in 1995 or 1996)
The collective coaching and mentoring philosophy of the 18U Elite program is focused solely on preparing our players to successfully compete both on and off the field at the collegiate level. This will include for all our players and parents the proper help and hands on guidance with the college recruiting and selection process.
We will be conducting formal hitting clinics in the off-season with one of the best hitting coaches in the area who has coached and prepared numerous successful Division I collegiate players. In addition, beginning in January we will have formal in-door workouts where we will work with each player both individually and as part of the team on the proper defensive strategies and skills used at the collegiate level. All this effort is geared in the short term to prepare our players to have successful individual showcase experiences as well as team success in the summer and in the long term to be a standout at their collegiate tryouts.
The coaches for the 18U Elite team are Rob Spofford and Ashley Lippert.
Rob Spofford has recently been named the Head Softball Coach at Emmanuel College in Boston where he will have total responsibility for all aspects of the program direction and recruiting.
Prior to joining Emmanuel, Rob was on the staff of the highly successful Emerson College Division III softball program as an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Phil McElroy. During his tenure with Emerson he help lead the Lion program to a three (3) year GNAC regular season record of 66-8 and two (2) GNAC Conference Finals appearances.
Rob had been the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Cohasset HS. In his second full season as head coach he took Cohasset (20-4) to the MIAA Division III 2009 State Semi Final where they lost to eventual State Champion – St. Mary’s - 4-3 in 9 innings. Rob has been successfully coaching at the Junior Olympic level for the past 10 years at various age groups. Rob is an active member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and has achieved the Level 3 ASA ACE Coaching Certification.
Ashley Lippert joined the Thunder program in 2009 as a pitching and assistant head coach. Ashley will be joining the Emmanuel College coaching staff for the 2012-2013 season, where she will have total responsibility for the pitching staff. Ashley was an accomplished pitcher, in her own right, for John Carroll University, graduating in 2008. Ashley earned numerous awards and honors during her stellar high school and collegiate career and was an integral part of the success at John Carroll University. We are fortunate to have on staff a quality pitching coach of Ashley’s caliber which has been extremely helpful in the development of both pitchers and catchers.
This coaching combination brings to the Thunder program the most up to date and cutting edge collegiate offensive, defensive and pitching strategies, from both a player and coach perspective. This expertise will help properly prepare the players to successfully compete for positions at the next level.
Please contact Rob Spofford, with any questions or further information on the 18U Elite program or team in general.
Phone: (781) 383-8338 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule & Results
Fall 2012 Showcase Schedule
September 22-23 – RI Thunder Fall Showcase – Plainville, MA
Friday – 6:45 pm vs. RI Thunder Showcase – Nelson Field
Saturday – 1:15 pm vs. CT Eliminators Elite – Eisele Field
Saturday – 3:00 pm vs. Thunder Gold (NJ) – Nelson Field
Sunday – 11:30 am vs. Long Island Pride – McMorrow Field
Sunday – 3:00 pm vs. NJ Mystics – Gilpatrick Field
September 29-30 – Polar Crush Fall Showcase – Cambridge, MA
Saturday – 9:00 am vs. EMASS Panthers Gold – St. Peters Field
Saturday – 11:00 am vs. Polar Crush Gold – Danehy Field 1
Sunday – 1:00 pm vs. Drifters Elite – Danehy Field 3
Sunday – 3:00 pm vs. ITZ Lightning – Danehy Field 1
Final Summer 2012 Schedule
Overall record – 27-13-1
June 16-17 – ASA Boston Championships – Braintree Division
Great start to the 2012 Summer season with a win at the ASA Boston Championships! Great extra inning win in the Championship game against a very tough and talented South Shore Stealers team that included many collegiate players!
Pool Games Saturday
Northern Crush (Won 6-0)
Polar Crush Elite (Loss 13-2)
Mass Xplosion (Win 2-0)
Mass Xplosion (Win 4-2)
Polar Crush Elite (Win 6-2)
South Shore Stealers (Win 5-3, 8 innings)
June 21 - NFCA Individual Recruiting Showcase, Devens, MA
June 22-24 – Polar Crush Showcase, Devens, MA
Terrific showing at this college showcase format with free substitution and glad to see so many of our players getting serious interest from a number of quality colleges and universities.
EMASS Panthers Gold - (Loss 12-1)
Rampage 18U Gold – (Win 5-1)
CT Eliminators Elite 18U - (Loss 2-1)
Central Mass Thunder - (Tie 2-2)
Apponaug Pride Silver Elite (Loss 5-0)
June 30 - July 1 – Mt. Washington Valley Classic, No. Conway, NH
Kennett HS – 409 Eagles Way, Conway, NH – 03860
The winning tradition continued this weekend with a top to bottom dominating performance against some very good Northern New England teams and another 1st place trophy! Over the weekend we scored 42 runs while only allowing 6 total runs.
Pool Games Saturday
Maine Thunder - (Win 5-0)
East Coast Thunder (Win 11-0)
Seacoast Breakers (Win 9-2)
Mass Galazy Comets (Win 6-1)
NH Comets -Red (Win 11-3)
July 14 – July 15 - Eric Whitten Memorial Tournament, So. Portland, ME
Nice job this weekend with another Championship!! This was great to defend our 2011 title at this well run tournament that donates all proceeds to ALS research. Way to keep scoring and playing flawless defense in scoring 29 runs while only allowing 2 over the total five games! It was a well deserved win over a very good AB Lightning team in the Championship game!!!
Maine Thunder - (Won 4-0)
Dragon’s - (Won 9-0)
Southern Maine Frenzy - (Won 7-2)
Southern Maine Frenzy (Won 6-0)
AB Lightning (Won 3-0)
July 20 -22 – Cape Cod College Showcase, Swansea, MA
Wow, what a weekend and spectacular finish on Sunday! We played some of the best softball of the summer against some very good teams. The highlight was winning four straight games on Sunday and losing the fifth 3-2 to a very good CT Tradition North team who was playing their first game of the day! Great all around overall effort from everyone!!!
Friday – 9:00 am vs. RI Crush - (Win 7-1)
Friday – 12:30 pm vs. Taunton Dynamites – (Loss 6-5)
Saturday – 1:15 pm vs. Adirondack Avalanche – (Loss 7-3)
Saturday – 3:00 pm vs. Northeast Hurricanes Blue – (Loss 3-0, 8 innings)
Sunday – 7:15 am vs Mass Titans (Win 8-0)
Sunday – 8:30 am vs Polar Crush Elite (Win 7-5)
Sunday 10:00 am vs. Mass Titans Somerset (Win 5-3)
Sunday 11:30 am vs. Mass Rage (Win 3-2)
Sunday 1:00 pm vs. CT Tradition North (Loss 3-2)
July 28-29 – Invitational by the Bay, Bristol, RI
Colt State Park, Asylum Rd., Bristol, RI
Another terrific weekend and another trip to the Championship game. Amazing effort by everyone in stepping up to get us to the final game. The individual player resolve, total commitment to each other and exceptional teamwork was on great display all weekend and particularly on Sunday and was a pleasure to watch for coaches and parents a like! Well done everyone!
Mass Lady Roadrunners – (Win 3-2)
RI Lightning South (Win 5-3)
Blackstone Valley Blazers (win 8-0)
Braintree Blue Diamonds (Win 1-0)
Taunton Dynamites (Win 7-5)
Ri Lightning South (Loss 12-3)
August 2 - RI Thunder Individual Recruiting Showcase, Plainville, MA
August 3-5 – New England’s Finest Showcase, Plainville, MA
Great way to end the summer season with a good overall showing at this college showcase format. We could not be more happy and proud of all the interest from a wide array of college coaches that all our underclass players have received from Div. I to Div. III! Well done ladies!!!
RI Thunder Wilson - (Loss 6-1)
New England Mirage Gold - (Loss 6-1)
Mass Titans – (Loss 2-0)
Mass Destruction – (Loss 6-1)
Newtown Rock Showcase - (Win 4-2)
Fall 2011 Showcase Schedule
September 23 -25 RI Thunder Fall Showcase
Friday – 6:00 pm vs. Polar Crush Elite – Gilpatrick Field
Saturday – 8:00 am vs. EC Bombers Gold – Pisani Field
Saturday – 1:15 pm vs. Northern Crush – Heckler Field
Saturday – 3:00 pm vs. LI Heat Gold – Gilpatrick Field
Sunday – 8:00 am vs. RI Thunder (Wilson) – Heckler Field
Sunday -9:45 am vs. Apponaug Pride Gold- Heckler Field
October 1-2 Devens Polar Crush Fall Showcase
Saturday – 9:40 am vs. Midddlesex Crossfire - Leominster Field 1
Saturday – 11:20 am vs. NE Phoenix Elite – Leominster Field 2
Sunday – 8:00 am vs. CT Eliminators Gold – Willard 2
Sunday – 11:20 am vs. ITZ Ligthning - Willard 3
Sunday – 1:00 pm vs. Polar Crush Elite – Willard 3
Final Summer 2011 Record
June 17 – 19 Somerset Invitational, MA (Record 5-1)
Great start to the 18U Elite team 2011 season with a win at the Somerset Invitational in our first tournament! Over the weekend, the team went 5-1 and on Sunday scored 16 runs while allowing only 5 in our three games!
Pool Games Saturday
Smackdown (win 8-0)
Danger 18U Yellow (win 3-1)
South Shore Stealers (loss 9-4)
Smackdown (win 3-2)
Danger 18U Yellow (win 8-0)
New England Quicksilver (win 5-3)
June 23 NFCA Recruiting Camp, Devens, MA
June 24 – 26 Polar Crush Showcase, Devens, MA (Record 3-0-2)
New England Hurricanes -Blue (win 6-0)
Berkshire Blaze / NWS (win 7-0)
Maine Thunder / Frozen Ropes (tie 2-2)
CT Eliminators Elite (tie 3-3)
ITZ Lightning (win 7-0)
July 8 – 10 Eric Whitten Memorial Tournament, So. Portland, ME
Another terrific weekend for everyone with another Championship!!!! Great win in the final against a very good Nor’Easter team to cap the undefeated weekend over a very solid group of well established teams!!
Pool Games – Saturday
8:00 am – New Hampshire Hornets – (win 9-6)
11:30 am – Vermont Storm – (win 8-0)
3:00 pm – Maine Pride – (win 2-1)
12:00 pm – New Hampshire Comets (win 7-1)
2:00 pm – New Hampshire Hornets (win 5-3)
4:00 pm – Nor’Easters (win 9-8)
July 15 – 17 All-American Showcase, Lowell, MA (Record 2-5)
Friday – 1:15 pm vs. Diamond Gems Orange - (Loss 8-0)
Friday – 5:45 pm vs. ADK Crush – (Loss 4-1)
Saturday – 8:00 am vs. NH Comets J – (Loss 2-1)
Saturday – 11:30 am vs. Mass Titans – (Win 9-1)
Saturday – 3:00 pm vs. Mass Inferno - (Loss 4-1)
Sunday – 11:30 am vs So. Maine Heat – (Win 4-1)
Sunday – 1:30 pm vs Ct Eliminators Black – (Loss 8-2)
July 22 – 24 Cape Cod College Showcase, Swansea, MA
Friday – 9:00 am vs. E.MASS Panthers Elite - (Tie 0-0)
Friday – 3:00 pm vs. Breezy’s Angels (NY) - (Tie 2-2)
Saturday – 9:00 am vs. RI Shamrocks – (Win 9-2)
Saturday – 12:00 pm vs. Tradition Softball (CT) - (Loss 6-4)
Sunday – 9:00 am vs. Lady Raiders (Won 2-0)
Sunday – 11:30 am vs. Mass Fire & Ice Gold (Won 3-2)
Sunday – 1:00 pm vs. Competitive Edge (CT) (Loss 6-3)
August 5 – 7 Invitation By The Bay, Bristol, RI – Colt State Park (Record 3-0)
Another terrific weekend and pool day. Championship Sunday was a rainout but based on our overall Pool Play results (3-0 and only 3 runs allowed) we ended as the Number 1 seed and ultimate winner for the weekend!!!
Pool Games – Saturday
8:00 am vs. RI Wave - (Won 3-1)
9:40 am vs. RI Lightning East - (Won 7-1)
1:00 pm vs So. Maine Heat - (Won 7-1)
Latest Team News
Congratulations to our 2012 high school graduates who will be attending and playing at the next level at the following universities and colleges:Christin Brink – Endicott College
Tara Cabral – Western New England College
Courtney O’Brien – Stonehill University
Nicole Parry – Salve Regina University
Your academic achievements combined with your exceptional softball skills speaks volumes to where each of you will be heading this Fall!!!
Rebecca Sherwood – Southern New Hampshire University
Kori Sorensen – Eastern Nazarene College
Olivia Berry – Trinity College
Molly Dunbar – Westfield State College
Jackie Gauthier – Bentley University
Megan Mills – Wellesley College
Alicia Mosseso – Bryant University
Laura Walters – Roger Williams University