July 04, 2012 - Abbey Tolmie was on fire during the Michigan Cats Gold Ball Challenge tournament, June 23.
Abbey Tolmie pitches the ball during the Michigan Diamond Cats Gold Ball Challenge. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
The ICE Silver 10U team defeated SF Wildcards, 16-0, and Tolmie threw a perfect game helping her team win the game on offense.
Tolmie str uck out seven out of nine batters and caught one hit sending it to first base for one out. Second baseman Madison Raley caught a pop-up to send another batter out.
"I was really excited," she smiled. "I have never done that before. But it wasn't all me. My whole team helped."
She admitted during the game she knew she was close to a perfect game. She didn't focus on it in case she jinxed it.
"I was surprised because we are new to pitching," added mom, Stacey. "It was very exciting. Her dad was pretty excited since he is one of her coaches."
Abbey started playing with ICE three years ago and began pitching a year and a half ago.
"Mark Pingston helped me along the way for my pitching," she said, adding what has helped her pitching and being coached by Pingston is speed and different pitches."
Abbey pitched in four of the six games ICE Silver 10U played in the tournament. She posted a 3-0 record and struck out a total of 23 batters and only walked two.
Stacey added Madeline Maday is one of Abbey's inspirations. Maday is a pitcher on the Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball team who also pitched a perfect game this year as a freshman.
"Being here in Clarkston is awesome for softball," Stacey smiled. "We have all these kids helping with the younger ones. We are fortunate to be living in Clarkston."
The team finished in second place during the tournament with a 5-1 record.
She is also a first baseman.
"Thanks to my coaches," Abbey added. "Including my dad, he is an assistant coach. He also helps me with pitching at my house. He also learned from Coach Pingston."
Abbey will spend the rest of the summer playing softball and hanging out with her teammates.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.