Pictured recently after earning a West Seneca 18-and-under Tournament championship, the Hamburg Breakers include, from left, first row: Jessica Yuhas. Second Row: Abby Weiss, Vicky Filbert, Kristen Klemmer, Melissa Roseman and Alyana Carlson. Third Row: coach Peter Yuhas, Jenna Phillips Shelby Overturf, Alexis Nasca, Sara Moretta, Amanda Yuhas, Aldyn Carlson and coach Dave Phillips.
When this group from the 18-and-under Hamburg Breakers team first joined forces six years ago, its players’ goals were to be able to eventually play at the collegiate level.
Head coach Peter Yuhas is happy to announce that those aspirations have become a reality, while the team has enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in the history of the fastpitch softball organization, according to Bill Hall, president of the Breakers.
The Breakers enjoyed a successful July leading up to the upcoming Midwest World Series Softball Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The team started July by finishing second in the WNY New York State Championship Tournament and followed that with a championship at the West Seneca Magic 18-and-under tournament. That first-place finish was aided by the timely hitting and back-to-back shut down pitching performances by Sara Moretta of Frontier High School.
At the Hamburg NSA World Qualifier, the Breakers made a strong run with two come-from-behind victories on elimination day which again landing them in the championship game. Though they came up short with a 6-4 loss in the final, the effort of the Breakers earned them an invitation to the NSA Championship next year.
Among the high school graduates on the team and the colleges they’ll be attending and playing for were Eden’s Jessica Yuhas (ECC), Jenna Phillips (Geneseo), Alexis Nasca (Oswego) and Amanda Yuhas (Brockport); Hamburg’s Abby Weiss (Geneseo) and Melissa Roseman (Edinboro); Dunkirk’s Alyana Carlson (Mercy Hurst North) and Aldyn Carlson (Monroe Community College); Allegany’s Vicky Filbert (Edinboro), Orchard Park’s Kristen Klemmer (Case Western Reserve University), Falconer’s Shelby Overturf (Mercy Hurst North) and Moretta (D’Youville).
“The work they put in for the summer travel league, along with in local and national tournaments, has exposed them to the college coaches and helped them earn a spot on their college rosters,” Peter Yuhas noted.