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Barta aims to strike



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Abbey Barta (click for larger version)
January 16, 2013 - Abbey Barta was scared when her ICE Silver 10U teammate Abbey Tolmie was injured during the Holiday Classic Softball Tournament in the semi-final game.

She was scared for Tolmie because it was her teammate. Tolmie was also scheduled to be the pitcher in the championship game against Team Michigan.

Abbey knew she would step in to pitch in the championship game after already pitching in two games.

"I thought I would mess up because I was tired and sore," she said.

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Barta pushed it aside as she and her teammates went into the championship game with the same thought - they were going to play for Tolmie.

"We wanted to win it for her to make her feel better," Barta added.

"She was all business," added dad, Guido, as Abbey went into the final game. "She was focused and in the zone. She really carried the team on her back, especially on the Sunday when the other pitcher was injured."

ICE Silver finished the tournament with a 7-2 win over Team Michigan in the championship and took their second tournament win this season.

During the championship game, Abbey pitched a two hitter and hit a homerun for the team.

"I think it was the farthest I have seen her hit a ball ever," Guido added, describing it went as far as to the fence at the Clarkston High School varsity softball field. "She did a very good job offensively. I would say that it was good all around as I have seen her pitch, bat and play."

She started the second day of the tournament by striking out seven batters in the semi-finals game against the L.C. Bandits and batting two RBIs on offense.

Abbey opened the tournament on the first day against Southeast Storm and struck out 12 batters for a no-hitter to help ICE win the game, 7-0.

"She was quite a busy softball player," Guido said. "She did a really good job. I told her she should be very proud. She did much more than you normally expect. She pitched 14 innings in less than 24 hours which is a lot of pitching for a 10-year-old girl. She stepped right in and it didn't faze her."

"She held her own," added mom, Donna. "She played strong. We are really proud of the way she performed."

Abbey began playing softball with ICE Silver three years ago when the team was formed.

She enjoys the excitement and playing with her teammates.

"I love my team," she smiled. "They are amazing. For pitching, I like striking people out."

ICE Silver 10U currently plays inside until the snow clears and has their next tournament in February.

"We hope to win it," Abbey said as the team gets ready. She added having two tournament wins under their belts will help as they prepare.

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.
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