Congratulations Allie Kovatch on your verbal to Denison University!
On behalf of the Thunder Elite Fastpitch organization, we congratulate Allie Kovatch (2018) who verbally committed to continue her softball career at Denison University!
We have high expectations for Allie during her senior year at Chagrin Falls. Allie is a two-time Chagrin Valley Conference (CVC) player (1st team and honorable mention), three-year high school softball letter winner, and member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Additionally, Allie has earned scholar athlete recognition by the Northeast Ohio Fastpitch Coaches Association. This is the seventh year Allie has been involved with fastpitch softball, playing for the Thunder Elite, Ohio Sapphires, Ohio Outlaws and North Coast Spirit organizations.
In addition to her athletic achievements, Allie has achieved honor roll all semesters of high school while taking an accelerated course load. She is highly involved with her high school student council, cheerleading, orchestra and interact service organization. She also is an appointed student leader of the Youth Fund Distribution Board of the United Way.
Allie intends to major in Computer Science. Congratulations and best of luck Allie!
Pictured (left to right): 18U Premier Head Coach Greg Ward, Allie Kovatch, Thunder Elite President Jeff Steiner
Early Signing Period November 2017...
Congratulations Rachel Ward (left) and Tori Wells (right)!
Congratulations Rachel Ward on signing with Lake Erie College!
Congratulations Tori Wells on signing with the University of Findlay!
2016-2017 Thunder Elite 16U Premier Commits
Congratulations Rachel Ward on your verbal to Lake Erie College!
On behalf of the Thunder Elite Fastpitch organization, we congratulate Rachel Ward (2018) who verbally committed to continue her softball career at Lake Erie College!
We have high expectations for Rachel during her upper class seasons as a McDonald Blue Devil.Rachel is a two-time Inter-Tri County League (ITCL) player (1st and 2nd team) and a two-year high school softball letter winner.She also earned recognition in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Softball State Records for hitting home runs in consecutive games. This is the eighth year Rachel has been involved with fastpitch softball, playing for the Thunder Elite, Ohio Outlaws and Ohio Blast organizations.
In addition to her athletic achievements, Rachel has been recognized for her academics and service. She is a member of the McDonald High School Chapter of The National Honor Society and has earned two Academic Letters and Excellence Awards from her high school! Rachel is an eight-time recipient of the United States President's Volunteer Service Award, with recognition by local, state and national government officials.
Rachel intends to study education. Congratulations and best of luck Rachel!
Pictured: Rachel Ward and Thunder Elite President Jeff Steiner
Congratulations Maggie Moore on your verbal to Slippery Rock University!
On behalf of the Thunder Elite Fastpitch organization, we congratulate Maggie Moore (2018) who verbally committed to continue her softball career at Slippery Rock University!
We have high expectations for Maggie in her upper class seasons. Not only is Maggie a two-year high school softball letter winner, but she is a two-time All-Ashtabula County (1st and 2nd team) and All-American Conference (AAC) player (1st and 2nd team)! Maggie has been involved with fastpitch softball for four years, playing for the Thunder Elite, Ohio Outlaws and Valley Extreme organizations.
Maggie is a multi-sport athlete. In addition to softball, Maggie is a weightlifting record holder!She holds a national and state squat record and a state record for bench!She is also a two-year volleyball letter winner!
Not only does Maggie excel athletically, she is a recent inductee into the Jefferson Area High School Chapter of the National Honor Society and has earned two academic letters!
Maggie intends to study biology.Congratulations and best of luck Maggie!
Pictured (left to right): 16U Premier Head Coach David Vukovich, Maggie Moore, and Thunder Elite President Jeff Steiner
Congratulations Tori Wells on your verbal to the University of Findlay!
On behalf of the Thunder Elite Fastpitch organization, we congratulate Tori Wells (2018) who verbally committed to continue her softball career at the University of Findlay!
After excelling on the field during her freshman and sophomore seasons as a Lakeview Bulldog, we have high expectations for Tori in her upper class seasons. Not only is Tori a two-year high school softball letter winner, she has also earned Honorable Mention All Northeast Ohio (2016) and is a two-time All-American Conference (AAC) player (1st and 2nd team)! In 2016 Lakeview was the OHSAA Div-II Alliance District Champs qualifying to first round regional play. This is the seventh year Tori has been involved with fastpitch softball, playing for the Thunder Elite and Beverly Bandits organizations.
Tori intends to study physical therapy. Congratulations and best of luck Tori!
Pictured (left to right): 16U Premier Head Coach David Vukovich, Tori Wells, and Thunder Elite President Jeff Steiner
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Thunder Elite 16U Premier
Thunder Elite 16U Premier
President: Jeff Steiner
Head Coach: Greg Ward (330.984.3232)
#1 Kendyl Switzer
#4 Maggie Moore
#7 Caitlyn Kelm
#9 Kayla Switzer
#11 Allie Kovatch
#13 Tori Wells
#24 Marissa Auvil
#25 Megan Ward
#37 Rachel Ward
#77 Gia Caldrone
#87 Julianna Hutchinson
Fall 2016 Schedule College Exposure Tournament Ashland, KY Sept. 10-11, 2016
PGF Fall College Exposure Showcase Sterling Heights, MI Oct. 23, 2016
Oct. 29, 2016
Scenic City Fall Showcase Chattanooga, TN Nov. 4-6, 2016
Winter 2016-17 Schedule
University of Akron Team Camp Dec. 11, 2016
Youngstown State University Team Camp Jan. 28, 2017
Summer 2017 Schedule
Thunder Elite Perfect Storm
June 2-4, 2017
Scenic City Summer Showcase Chattanooga, TN June 8-11, 2017
Outlaws Summer Inivitational Showcase
North Ridgeville, OH
June 16-18, 2017
Aunt Rosie's International Invitational & Showcase
June 23-25, 2017
TNT Summer Showcase
June 28-July 2, 2017
USA Atlantic Coast Elite Showcase
Virginia Beach, VA
July 6-9, 2017
Atlanta Legacy Showcase
July 13-16, 2017
July 21-23, 2017
PGF Midwest Regional Championship
July 26-30, 2017
Thunder Elite '00
Head Coach:Jeff Steiner Coaches:Christy Turner,
#24 Bailey Drapola
#5 Addy Jarvis
#26 Cheyenne Hindman #10 Natalie Kosley
#20 Kylee Mann #21 Meggie Otte #22 Avrey Steiner #12 Megan Turner #28 Kenedy Vrable #13 Tori Wells #18 Erika Williams
4/26..YTownMayhem/Liberty CHAMPS5/3..Thunder Elite ’00 Friendlies5/17.PGF Breast Cancer Shoot outCHAMPS5/30..Perfect Storm/LibertyCHAMPS6/6..PGF National Qualifier/Rootstown6/12..Scenic City/Chattanooga 3-26/20..PGF Futures Elite/N. Jersey 5-1-16/27..NSA States/N.Ridgeville 5-07/4..ASA Fire in the Sky/Orrville 5-17/12..PGF Stingrays/Columbus7/18..Atlanta Legacy Showcase7/21..NSA World Series/ Spartansburg SC
2014 Breast Cancer Shootout
5TH PLACE AT ASA/USA OUT OF 100 TEAMS
2013 ASA/USA 5TH PLACE
WE FINISHED OUR SEASON AT THE ASA/USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE WHERE 100 OF THE BEST 12U TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY PLAYED. WE FINISHED THE WEEK WITH A 9-2 RECORD, BEATING TEAMS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, TEXAS, GEORGIA, ALABAMA, FLORIDA & NEBRASKA.
OUR 5TH PLACE FINISH IS THE HIGHEST EVER FOR AN OHIO TEAM AT 12U. WE FINISHED WITH A SPRING/SUMMER OUTDOOR RECORD OF 77-7
#21 Meggie Otte #11 Rose Sawyers #22 Avrey Steiner #12 Megan Turner #13 Tori Wells # 6 Savanna Wilcox
Jan 25-GPlex 14u Shootout-Champs
Feb 8-..Pinnacle ASA ENQ-Champs
Feb-22..Spano Dome NSA-Runner Up
March-23..Spano Dome PGF-Champs
April 27-Y-town Mayhem-Co-Champs
May 4-..Thunder Elite Friendlies-7-0
May 10-Canton Mothers Day-ASA-
May 17-.. OFF
May 31-..Perfect Storm-NSA-CHAMPS
June 7-..Hall of Fame ASA/USA-
Oklahoma City, Ok
June 14-.Laser Nation -CHAMPS
June 28-..ASA States-CO-CHAMPS
July 5-Firework Frenzy ASA/USA-3rd Place
July 12-Stingrays Showcase-CHAMPS
July 19-.. GAPSS Showcase-CHAMPS
July 28-..ASA/USA Nationals
Players play, but tough players win- Tom Izzo
OUR TEAM WENT 6-0 AT THE GREAT AMERICAN PREMIER SOFTBALL SHOWCASE (GAPSS) HELD IN COLUMBUS, IN ROUTE TO THE 12U CHAMPIONSHIP. RAIN WASHED OUT GAMES ON SATURDAY CAUSING THE LOSER BRACKET TO BE CANCELED. ON SUNDAY WE BEAT WIZARDS ELITE, CINCY DOOM AND OHIO CLASSICS TO GET TO THE FINALS WHERE WE BEAT TEAM MICHIGAN 7-0.
OUR TEAM POSTED AN 8-0 RECORD OVER THE WEEKEND TO CAPTURE THE STINGRAYS COLLEGE EXPOSURE SHOWCASE 12U CHAMPIONSHIP. WE HAD A MEAT GRINDER OF A BRACKET BEATING THE OHIO HAWKS, MICHIGAN PRIDE AND INDY CRUSH TO GET THE FINALS. WE FACED OFF WITH LASERS ORANGE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING 7-4.
OUR 2013 OUTDOOR RECORD IS NOW 62-5.
CONGRATS TO MY GIRLS ON BEING STINGRAYS CHAMPS!!!
LASER NATION CHAMPS!
OUR TEAM WENT A PERFECT 10-0 OVER THE WEEKEND TO CAPTURE THE LASER NATION BY INVITATION 12U CHAMPIONSHIP. WE BEAT THE OHIO CLASSICS IN THE SEMI FINALS 3-1 AND THEN BEAT TEAM PENNSYLVANIA 6-2 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.OUR 2013 OUTDOOR RECORD IS NOW 41-2.
2013 PENN-OHIO ASA/USA QUALIFIER
OUR TEAM WENT 6-0 IN ROUTE TO WINNING THE PENN-OHIO CLASSIC ASA/USA QUALIFIER HELD IN PITTSBURGH,PA. WE BEAT OHIO LASERS ORANGE 8-3 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP TO EARN OUR BID TO ASA NATIONALS IN CHATANOOGA, TENN.
12U PINNACLE CHAMPS!!
OUR TEAM WENT 5-0 ON THE WEEKEND IN ROUTE TO WINNING THE ASA ENQ PINNACLE INDOOR TOURNY. WE BEAT A VERY TOUGH MICHIGAN PRIDE TEAM 6-0 IN THE FINALS.
Winners make it happen, losers let it happen
14U GPLEX CHAMPS!!
OUR TEAM PLAYED UP IN THE 14U DIVISION AT THE GPLEX. WE WENT 5-0 ON THE WEEKEND BEATING MC MADNESS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
A goal is a dream with a deadline
Thunder Elite '00
We won the Canfield Baseball Association ASA Fall Classic going 6-0 on the weekend. We beat Lasers Orange in the Championship Game.
OUR 2012 OUTDOOR RECORD WAS 61-13.
2012 ASA/USA MOLINE,ILL
Our '00 team had a good week at the ASA/USA National Tournament in Moline Illinois. We finished 3-3 on the week placing 33rd out of 83 teams. As an all 11U team we held our own and gained valuable experience playing against the best 12U teams from around the country.
USSSA 11U WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS
Our '00 team won the 11U USSSA World Series beating the Bluegrass Blaze from Lousiville Kentucky 5-3 in the Championship game. We went 7-0 on the week.
Thunder Elite '00
Head Coach:Jeff Steiner Coaches: Christy & Brian Turner
6-22 THUNDER ELITE -USSSA 6-29 OPEN 7-6 BATTLE OF BURGH-RUNNER UP 7-13 GAPSS-3RD PLACE 7-17 USSSA WORLD SERIES-CHAMPS 7-27 OPEN 7-30 ASA/USA NATIONALS-33RD OF 83
2012 PERFECT STORM CHAMPS
The 11U team finished the Fall Season with a 21-4 record. They finished runner up at the Valley Extreme Fall ASA, Runner Up in the Thunder Elite Fall Ball League and Champions of the Uniform Blowout.
12U UNIFORM BLOWOUT CHAMPS!!!
Our 11U team played in its first 12u tournament at The Valley Extreme Fall ASA Qualifier. We had a great weekend, posting a 5-1 record. We lost (6-2) in the Championship game to the Diamond Chix '99 Gold . Nice job girls!!
2010 & 2011 ASA EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPS
2011 ASA "A" EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPS
THUNDER ELITE 10U CAPPED OF AN INCREDIBLE SEASON BY WINNING THE ASA EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HELD IN SALEM, VIRGINIA. THE TEAM WON 10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FINISHED THE YEAR WITH A 63-4 RECORD.
OUR 10U TEAM AMASSED A 171-23 RECORD OVER THE LAST 3 SEASONS.
2011 10u THUNDER ELITE
Thunder Elite 10U
Head Coach: Jeff Steiner Coaches: Christy Turner Dan Hindman Brian Turner
24 Bailey Drapola 21Cheyenne Hindman 7 Kiersten Jones 31 Sydni Jones 00 Alex Staton 22 Avrey Steiner 09 Kayla Switzer 1 Kendyl Switzer 12 Megan Turner 13 Tori Wells 6 Savanna Wilcox
Feb 25 Akron Spano Dome -NSA - CHAMPS April 30-1st Y-Town Mayhem -ASA - Runner Up May 7-8 Diamond Dogs - NSA - CHAMPS May 13-15 Hornet Early Bird.PA-ASA- CHAMPS May 21-22 Ohio Jaguars -ASA- Runner Up June3-5Thunder Elite Perfect Storm-NSA-CHAMPS June 10-12 Akron Summer Slam -NSA-CHAMPS June 17-19 Laser Nation By Invitation-CHAMPS June 24-26 Thunder Elite USSSA -CHAMPS July 8-10 Stingrays Invitational - 4th Place July 15-17 ASA Cinderella Classic - CHAMPS July 22-24 Nationals Tune-Up - PA - CHAMPS Aug 3-7 ASA Eastern Nationals. Salem,Va - CHAMPS
ASA NATIONALS TUNE-UP CHAMPS
The 10u team went 7-0 and won the WPA-ASA Nationals Tune-Up held in Aliquippa, PA. Our season Record is now 56-4!!
2011 ASA Cinderella Classic CHAMPS
What a great job by the 10u team at the ASA Cinderella Classic going 6-0 for the tournament. Our bats came alive as we scored 96 runs over the weekend. Our record is now 49-4
2011 USSSA QUALIFIER CHAMPS
2011 LASER NATION CHAMPS!!
WOW! What a weekend. We traveled to Columbus to play in one the premier softball tournaments in the midwest. We played good team after good team all weekend. We finished 3-0 in Pool Play earning a # 1 seed. Saturday was no breather as we suffered our 1st and only loss of the tournament, losing 7-6 in International Tie Breaker (ITB) to the Ohio Ice Orange in the Winners Bracket Semi Final. Sunday we had our work cut out for us. We started off with a 5-3 win in ITB , followed with another close game we won by 1 run. We then avenged our only tournament loss by beating the Ohio Ice Orange 1-0. Advancing to the Championship Game out of the loser bracket, we had to beat the WV TNT twice if we wanted the Championship. We won the 1st game 4-3. With darkness starting to fall, the Tournament Director informed us they had a field with lights and we would have to switch fields. The 10u girls dug down deep and held on for a 4-3 victory to win the Laser Nation by Invitation College Showcase. Great job Thunder!!!! 9-1 on the weekend and 34-3 on the season.
2011 Summer Slam Champs
2011 NSA PERFECT STORM CHAMPS
The 10u had another great weekend. They went 5-0 and beat the Ohio Ice 7-2 in the Championship Game.They are now 20-2 on the season.
2011 NSA Spano Dome Champs
The 10u began their 2011 season by capturing the Spano Dome NSA WSQ Championship held in Akron. They played some very good teams along the way to finish 6-0 on the weekend. They beat the Heart of Ohio Fear Factor 3-2 in the Finals.
The 10u finished the 2010 Fall season with a perfect 17-0 record and won the Thunder Elite Fall Ball League.
Below are highlights from the 2010 Summer Season.
2010 ASA EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPS
2010 ASA EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPS
The 10u ended their season in Grand fashion by winning the ASA Eastern National Championship, held in York PA August 4th-8th. We avenged an early season loss to the Ohio Dragons by beating them twice at Nationals. The list of accomplishments this team earned are very impressive and was done through hardwork, dedication, the willingness to trust their coaches and a strong desire to improve every weekend.We finished the year with 9 Tournament Championships, 2 Runner Ups and a record of 69-8-1. We competed in the toughest tournaments and played the best competition that Ohio, Michigan and PA had to offer. I am so proud of how this TEAM made the most of each opportunity that was presented to them.
The 10u had one tough game after another at the 2nd annual Thunder Elite Nationals Tune Up Tourny. Loaded with the some of the best 10u teams in Ohio and the #2 ranked team in Michigan, there was some high level softball being played at 10u. Our 10u team finished pool play with a 3-0 record, with wins over the PC Pride and the Laser-Purple. On Sunday the Lasers got us back, evening our season record against them at 2-2. Overal this was a great tourny to prepare our team for the All Sanctioned World Series July 22-25 in Columbus and ASA Eastern Nationals August 4-8 in York, PA . Lets finish strong and bring back the big trophy. We are now 59-7 on the season. GO THUNDER!!!
CHAMPS!! Battle in the Burgh
The 10u captured their 8th Tournament Championship in 2010 by winning the ASA Battle in the Burgh held in Cranberry PA. They beat the Pittsburgh Spirit 7-1 in the Championship game. The 10u is now 55-5 on the season.
CHAMPIONS! 2010 Willoughby Reach for the Starz
The 10u continued their winning ways by capturing the Championship at the ASA Willoughby Reach for the Starz Tournament held June 25-27. They beat the Ohio Ice 13-8 in the Title game. They were 6-0 on the weekend and improved their record to 50-5. Keep up the hard work!
Champs!! Akron Summer Slam NSA World Series Qualifier
The 10u won the Akron Racer Summer Slam NSA World Series Qualifier held at Firestone Park. They beat the Ohio Ice 8-2 in the Championship. Their bats came alive as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Strong pitching and great defense sealed the win. The 10u went 6-0 on the weekend and outscored their opponents 39-4. The team is currently 41-2 on the season. GREAT JOB!!
2010 PCBA NSA World Series Qualifier Champions
The 10u girls did it again!! They captured their 4th Tournament Championship by winning the Poland Community Baseball Association NSA World Series Qualifier May 14-16th. They beat the Ohio Ice 9-4 in the Championship game. They finished the weekend 6-0. Nice job Thunder!!
The 10u won the Spring Break Out ASA Eastern National Qualifier in New Castle, PA May 8-9th. They played great defense on Sunday not giving up a run in 3 games and outscoring their opponents 28-0. They beat Silver Creek Starz in the Championship 9-0. Congratulations girls on another Tournament Championship. The girls finished the weekend 6-0.
Congatulations 10u on winning the Boardman lady Spartan NSA World Series National Qualifier on April 23-25th. They beat the Lasers Purple in an absolute slugfest to win the Championship, 20 - 17. The girls finished the weekend 6 - 0. Great Job girls!!!
2010 Tournament Results
Apr. 17-18 Chain Reaction Spring Tune-up "CHAMPS" Apr. 23-25 Lady Spartan NSA WSQ "CHAMPS" May 1-2 Y-Town Mayhem ASA ENQ "Runner-Up" May 7-9 Spring Break Out ASA ENQ "CHAMPS" May 14 PCBA NSA World Series Qualifier "CHAMPS" May21 23 Jaguars ASA Eastern National Qualifier "Runner Up" May 28-30 OFF Memorial Day June 4-6 Thunder Elite Perfect Storm ASA ENQ "CHAMPS" June 11-13 Akron Summer Slam NSA "CHAMPS" June 18-20 Lady Laser Invitational ASA Marion, Ohio June 25- 27 Reach for the Starzz ASA "CHAMPS" July 2-4 Scheduled Break/ Practice July 9-11 Battle in the Burgh ASA "CHAMPS" July 16-18 Thunder Elite Nationals Tune-Up "3rd Place" July 23-25 Midwest World Series lost in quarter final
2009 Season Results:
3/13 -3/15 Spring Explosion ASA Eastern Qualifier (Runner-Up) 5/8 - 5/10 Tiger Town ASA World Series Qualifier (5th Place) 5/15 - 5/17 Poland Pride NSA National Qualifier (3rd Place) 5/30-5/31 9th Annual Maple Leaf NSA World Series Qualifier(Champs) 6/5 - 6/7 Valley Extreme NSA National Qualifier (Champs) 6/12 - 6/14 Summer Slam Series I NSA National Qualifier(3rd Place) 6/26 - 6/28 11th Annual Independence Classic ASA (Champs) 7/10 - 7/12 Battle in the Burgh ASA Eastern Qualifier (Runner-up) 7/17 - 7/19 Nationals Tuneup Tournament (Champs) 7/24 - 7/26 All Sanctioned World Series (3rd Place)