Island sports: Alameda Blaze 12U softball update
San Mateo Tournament – May 29, 30 and 31
Game 1: Alameda Blaze 10, San Lorenzo Elite 0
The Blaze started their season with a shutout victory against the Elite. Shannon Regan pitched a complete game, striking out three in four innings and working out of jams in the first and second innings. The Blaze bats came out on fire with five runs in the bottom of the first, and the girls didn’t look back. Caroline Liu, Shannon Regan, Sammy Williams and Julia Boyden had multi-hit games. The defense looked sharp after a shaky start and Regan helped herself with some solid slap hitting and speed on the bases.
Game 2: Alameda Blaze 4, San Mateo Slammers 1
Sammy Williams pitched strongly, striking out 12 on her way to a complete game, two-hit win. San Mateo’s pitcher was tough as well, but the Slammers took her out when she tired and the Blaze broke open a 1-0 game with three runs in the sixth. Kelley Desmond had a third inning solo home run and then also scored the second run after singling in the top of the deciding sixth. Williams had an RBI single in the sixth, scoring Jordan Cenidoza. The story of the game, however, was Williams’ pitching. When the Slammers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to start a rally, she closed out the game with two strikeouts.
Game 3: Belmont Blast 5, Alameda Blaze 4
Belmont scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to win. Their timely hitting and heads-up base running led to the win. This was not the case for Alameda as the Blaze started strongly with the first four runners reaching base, but only two scored, which set the tone for a game where they left 10 runners on base in five innings. Alameda played strong defensively, with the web gem coming from center-fielder Vivienne Saulovich throwing out a Belmont runner at the plate with Alanna Reyes applying a tough tag. Sammy Hugger nearly duplicated the play from right field in the next inning. Sammy Williams pitched a great game, but the Belmont bats pounded out six hits with two coming in the deciding frame.
Game 4: Alameda Blaze 7, San Mateo Slammers 5
The Blaze fell behind early on some costly errors, but battled back to take the victory. The Slammers were ahead through four innings. The Blaze tied it in the fifth on Meida Tautalatasi’s RBI single and got the winning runs in the sixth on Sammy Williams’ fielder’s choice and Dominique Shaver’s two-out RBI single. After the slow start the Blaze got the offense rolling, with seven runs on nine hits, scoring in each of the last four innings. Shannon Regan continued her solid hitting, going two for three and scoring two runs, and Regan and Sammy Williams combined their pitching for the win.
Game 5 Semi-finals: Alameda Blaze 10, San Carlos Force 5
The Blaze broke open a tight game with seven runs in the third. Kiki Proctor belted a shot to the gap to start the barrage and scored twice in the inning, the last time when Julia Boyden stroked a base hit down the line. Kelley Desmond went two for three with two RBIs, and Shannon Regan was two for four and scored once. Alameda showed both the long ball and some speed to put up a big number and provide enough for Shannon Regan to coast in for the win.
Game 6 Championship game: Belmont Blast 13, Alameda Blaze 3
The Blast came to hit and the Blaze hit the wall. The Blaze started well with a three up, three down first inning. From that point it was all Belmont. Caroline Liu and Dominique Shaver had good games at the plate with two hits and two RBIs each. The Alameda Blaze took second place in a strong area tournament to start their 2010 season.