Island sports: Alameda Blaze 12U girls softball update
San Ramon Devil Mountain Softball Tournament
The Alameda Blaze continued their strong tournament performance with a second-place finish in the tough San Ramon Devil Mountain tournament. The Blaze are now 15-4 on the season with a championship and two second place finishes in three tournaments.
Alameda Blaze 12, Calaveras Sliders 0
Alameda broke open a 2-0 game with ten runs in the fourth inning. Sammy Williams pitched a one-hit, eight strikeout shutout to get the win. Kiara Proctor, Kelley Desmond, Shannon Regan and Caroline Liu had multiple-hit games, with Proctor going three-for-three with a bases-clearing double in the big fourth inning.
Alameda Blaze 15, Pleasanton Phantom 5
The Blaze pounded out 13 hits on the way to a four-inning win. The first four hitters – Kennedy Hanson, Jordan Cenidoza, Julia Boyden and Kelley Desmond – all had two hits as Alameda got its best start of the year with five runs in the first inning. Vivienne Saulovich pitched well for the Blaze, giving up only two earned runs on her way to victory.
Belmont Blast 8, Alameda Blaze 4
Alameda was its own worst enemy, committing four costly errors to lose to the Blast for the third time this season. The Blast scored four in the top of the fifth to seal the win. Shannon Regan pitched well for the Blaze, giving up only one earned run and spreading 10 hits across the order. The Blaze hitting stars were Kennedy Hanson, Kelley Desmond and Sammy Williams, but the Belmont pitcher limited the Blaze attack by getting some strikeouts in key situations.
Alameda Blaze 4, Livermore Smoke 2
The Blaze pushed across three runs in the third and held off a threat by the Smoke in the fourth to advance to the final. Dominique Shaver had a great day at the plate, going three for three with a double, and the rest of the Blaze contributed with solid hitting. Pitcher Sammy Williams had the Smoke baffled at the plate, giving up only two hits, but in the fourth the Blaze committed four errors to give Livermore a chance to tie. With the bases loaded and two outs, however, Williams got the batter to lift a foul down the right field line and Kennedy Hanson made a nice catch to end the inning. Other than the fourth inning, Alameda played very well on defense with a great running catch by Kelley Desmond in center, two outstanding plays by Shaver at third and solid work at short by Julia Boyden.
San Ramon Valley Stompers 9, Alameda Blaze 5
The Stompers hitters put the ball in play and the Blaze again had four errors, but this time it cost Alameda. Kennedy Hanson and Meida Tautalatasi hit well at the top of the order, with Hanson going three for five with three RBI. Alanna Reyes was outstanding behind the plate, throwing out two Stompers runners while stealing. Shannon Regan pitched well enough to win by giving up only two earned runs, but had three walks, and the Stompers had enough timely hitting to take the championship.