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July 4, 2014

Seabrook 12U Nighthawks complete perfect season

SEABROOK — After going a perfect 15-0 in the regular season, the high-flying Seabrook Recreation Department Nighthawks U12 softball team added five more wins in its season-ending tournament to finish undefeated and capture the Seacoast Fast Pitch Softball League title for a third straight season.

It was the second straight title for head coach George Penniman. While the team enjoyed great depth at all positions, the Nighthawks were unquestionably led by the explosive battery of pitcher Brileigh Penniman and catcher Savanah Sigman.

Sporting a smoldering fastball and an equally confounding changeup, Penniman was virtually unhittable all season long. The flame thrower saved her best for the tournament as she no-hit East Kingston in the tournament opener and then duplicated the feat the following night against Stratham.

Seabrook would follow with convincing shutout wins against Portsmouth and Exeter, thanks to a pair of MVP performances by Sigman, who gunned out better than two-thirds of the runners who dared to steal on her in the tournament, and added a pair of home runs for good measure.

The Nighthawks toppled Portsmouth in the championship game to complete the perfect 20-0 season.

Rounding out the talented infield for the Nighthawks was Alexis Eaton at third base, Victoria Azoury at shortstop, Katarina Ballentine at second base and Saige Johnson at first base. Excelling in the outfield for Seabrook was Emily Albright, Samantha Curran, Courtney Randall, Sadie Dorman, Vanity Blake and Tina Rousseau.

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