City is supposed to be the biggest stage in the United States. So if a team were to do well it would be an extra special moment. Taft's Caitlyn Emberson and Arizona Pilgrim were a part of one of those teams recently when the So Cal Choppers finished fourth at the New York Triple Crown Nationals tournament in New York City.
Overall the team went 5-3 against the Hudson Valley Hurricanes, the Triple Crown Stars, the Connecticut Seahawks, the Arizona Firecrackers, the Virginia Shamrocks, the Arizona Thundercats and the Homer Hawks. Mostly the team traded wins and losses, before winning three straight games against the Shamrocks (4-3), the Thundercats (7-1) and the Hawks (8-3) before closing out their run with a 10-3 loss to the Firecrackers.
Individually, Pilgrim was 2-0 as a pitcher while Emberson caught six of the eight games. Offensively, Emberson was 13-for-23 with a .565 batting average. She also had two home runs in the game. Meanwhile, Pilgrim was 7-for-19 at the plate with a .368 batting average.
Competing in the tournament was not the only thing Pilgrim and Emberson did during their stay in New York. According to Russell Emberson, they saw Times Square, the 911 memorial, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park and went to a Yankees game. They also toured Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem, Little Italy, China Town and SOHO. They also saw the Musical "Wicked."
Emberson and Pilgrim along with the So Cal Choppers will play their next round of competition a little closer to home when they compete in the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach California from July 30-August 4.