Island sports: Alameda Blaze are #2 in Santa Clara tourney
The Alameda 10U Blaze team played in their sixth and final tournament of the summer season on the weekend of July 25 in Santa Clara.
In the opening games on Saturday, there was no stopping the defense and hitting of the Blaze. The first game, against the San Ramon Stompers, ended with a 10-7 win for the Blaze. Runs were scored by Meida Tautalatasi, Vivienne Saulovich, Julia Boyden, Grace Oransky, Edyn Garvisch, Alexis Esparza, Lily Wilmot, Sarah Mahler and Ruby Siltanen. Pitching and defense dominated this game, as Anekalia Crevani’s eight strikeouts and short stop Julia Boyden’s running catch and throw to Edyn Garvisch on first placed two of the outs. Alanna Reyes’ sacrifice hit to short stop placed another RBI. Defense assists by outfielders Mira Piamonte, Ruby Siltanen and Victoria Avery were also key plays to this game.
In game two on Saturday against the Albany-Berkeley Sting, there were some great defensive plays. The first was from right fielder Grace Oransky, whose throw from a hard-hit fly to Garvisch at first base garnered an out. Others included a fly ball catch at second base by Lily Wilmot and pitcher Vivienne Saulovich’s stop of a hard-hit line drive to the mound to first base. Edyn Garvisch and Alexis Esparza each drove in three RBIs and brought the game to a 10-2 win over the Sting.
In game three on Saturday against the Santa Clara Sparks, Julia Boyden pitched four scoreless innings. Big hits by Meida Tautalatasi, Anekalia Crevani and Vivienne Saulovich were contributors to the game.
Game one against the Scotts Valley Trouble on Sunday, July 26, would be a battle until the last inning. At the bottom of the third inning the score was tied, 4-4, with the Blaze at home with their last at-bat and running against time on the clock. The Blaze rallied with an initial walk by Crevani to bring her to first base. Mira Piamonte came in as the pinch runner and then advanced on a stolen base to second. Another walk by Edyn Garvisch brought her to first. Alanna Reyes then walked to load the bases. Sarah Mahler came in for Reyes as the pinch runner. The first run scored on a walk by Esparza to bring in Piamonte. Oransky then hit a single to bring in Garvisch. Mahler attempted to steal home but was called out on her slide at home plate. The final run scored on a walk by Ruby Siltanen, bringing in Esparza. The game ended with a 7-4 Blaze win, which advanced them to the semi-finals.
In the semi-final game, the Blaze would meet the Santa Clara Sting again. Crevani pitched to keep the Sting scoreless in three innings. Tautalatasi and Reyes had one RBI each, and Boyden, Crevani and Esparza each had two. It was a great defensive game for catcher Alanna Reyes, who had a throw out from home to second. The Blaze advanced to the championship game with a win of 12-0.
You could feel the tight contest of this championship game from the beginning, as the Blaze would meet the Santa Rosa Victory. A fantastic hit by Meida Tautalatasi ended in a triple to start off the game. She would then score off Julia Boyden’s single. A walk by Crevani and then Mahler coming in as the pinch runner would advance her to second. With Boyden on third, a sacrifice for Garvisch’s line drive to first would bring in Boyden to score. The Victory then rallied in the second inning scoring the sixth and seventh batters to leave the score tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the second inning.
Pitching and defense on both teams were dominating for the remaining five innings. The Blaze would then keep the Victory scoreless until the top of the sixth inning, when a run was scored on an initial single off the third batter. In the top of the seventh, the Blaze continued the defense, holding the Victory to 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. Crevani walked, and then pinch runner Mahler advanced to third on two stolen bases. With the tying run on third, Edyn Garvisch hit a right field foul that was caught at first base for the first out. Alexis Esparza then hit a single but advanced to second on an overthrow. Mahler could not score, as the ball was quickly back in the pitcher’s glove. The Victory broke through with a strikeout to Oransky, who rallied until the last pitch, for the third out. The Blaze took a 3-2 loss and second place.