Island sports: Alameda Blaze 12U softball
Vallejo Joshua Richardson Memorial Tournament
The Alameda Blaze continued their great play with a fast start and a strong finish in two tight games to win the Vallejo tournament! The tournament featured 16 teams, and the Blaze were on top after posting a 7-0 record.
Alameda Blaze 13, Albany-Berkeley Sting 2
Alameda Blaze 9, Marin Blue Angels 0
Alameda Blaze 10, San Jose Quicksilver 0
Alameda Blaze 13, Napa Roadrunners 0
Alameda Blaze 11, Albany-Berkeley Sting 1
Alameda came out swinging at the start of this tournament, outscoring their first five opponents by a combined 56-3. The defense was strong behind pitchers Vivienne Saulovich, Shannon Regan and Sammy Williams.
The opponents were limited to a total of 11 hits in five games, with Saulovich winning three of the contests. Hitting stars for the Blaze abounded. Kelley Desmond and Dominique Shaver piled up RBIs and the swift Blaze scored in bunches.
Alameda Blaze 3, San Jose Quicksilver 2
In the semifinals, the Blaze pushed across two runs in the fifth inning to seal the win. Sammy Williams went the distance with a three-hitter, striking out five. Kennedy Hanson, Jordan Cenidoza and Caroline Liu combined for four hits and all three runs to pace the Blaze. Almost all Blaze players contributed with hits, keeping the pressure on the Quicksilver pitcher who struggled at times but led into the fifth.
Then, with six outs to go, the Blaze got two runners on base, they advanced to second and third and Caroline Liu brought them home with a single to put the Blaze ahead. In the bottom of the frame, Williams struck out the first batter, but the next doubled and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice before the last batter bounced out to first to end the game.
Alameda Blaze 7, Concord Lady Hawks 4
The Alameda bats came alive in the sixth, scoring five runs with contributions throughout the lineup to win the championship. Pitching on her birthday, Shannon Regan notched the win to go 4-0 on the season. She had great help from center-fielder Kelley Desmond who had six putouts for the game, and Alanna Reyes, who snagged a foul popup against the backstop.
In the fifth, a walk by Kennedy Hanson and a hit from Caroline Liu started the rally, and then Sammy Williams, Julia Boyden, Dominique Shaver and Kiara Proctor cleaned off the bases with three hits and a sacrifice fly. The Blaze showed great team balance with all nine players having either a hit or an RBI. The Blaze are now 12-2 on the season.