RBI Harrisburg reached the semifinals of the RBI Softball World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week, and the Shippensburg duo of Morgan Fetter and Emily Wenner were a big reason why.
Fetter, a 2018 Shippensburg high school grad, got the team off to a great start in eight-team national tournament, collecting a homer and 4 RBIs in Harrisburg's 11-2 win opening win over RBI Houston. A day later, Fetter and Wenner both went deep in Monday’s 8-7 win over RBI Cincinnati.
Wenner, a senior at Shippensburg high school, was in the the circle for Harrisburg's 5-3 victory over Puerto Rico. The win Tuesday wrapped up the team’s 4-1 record in pool play and helped them advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
With the tournament moving to single elimination, Fetter was the hero once again, as she clubbed an extra-inning walk off double to send Harrisburg past St. Louis in the quarterfinals, 4-2.
In the semis, Harrisburg was undone by Houston, who they had defeated earlier in the week. Houston won a 10-0 decision over Harrisburg, and then went on to defeat RBI Tampa 9-1 Thursday to capture the 2018 RBI Softball World Series title.
“We did really well in a lot of the games,” Fetter stated. “We played a lot of good teams and played up to their level. We played above them and won those games, but if we played a team that was less talented than us we tended to play down to their level.”
According to Fetter, one of the more memorable moments from the trip was when the team got to meet, talk to and get pictures with Team USA softball legends Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley following one of the games.
“The experience overall was really memorable. We did a whole lot of fun things,” she said. “We played well and together as a team even though we haven't played much together. And it was a really fun, cool experience.”
The Harrisburg RBI Softball roster features players aged 15-18 from all over South Central Pa. and is coached by CD East head coach Mike Stepp. The team roster also includes Taylor Lamparter (Dover), Amaya IIes (Susquehanna Twp.), Delaney Nevius (Juniata College), Sydney Davis (Harrisburg), Destiny Mangus-Velez (Harrisburg), Kayla Vonstein (Cumberland Valley), Jalynn Smith (CD East), Jenna Mongold (James Buchanan), Alexis Huffman (CD East), Courtney Coppersmith (Central York), Kara Neidigh (Chambersburg), Jenna Powell (Waynesboro), and Alyssa Harhigh (Bishop McDevitt).