Island sports: Alameda Blaze 10U softball update
San Anselmo Tournament, June 10-11, 2010
Saturday, June 10
Alameda Blaze 11, Santa Rosa Hackers 1
Ruby Siltanen’s pitching and the Blaze defense were dominant in this game, which included nine defensive plays, four strikeouts and a double play by Edyn Garvisch at first base, picking off the runner going to second. Lily Wilmot had a great all around game at second base, contributing three of the defensive outs and a double in the fourth inning. The game included a diving catch by Mira Piamonte in center field for a first out in the first inning and great assists by left and right outfielders Victoria Avery and Alanna Norman. Alexis Esparza hit three singles, and Isabella Sheel and Savannah Mesterhazy had two each.
Santa Clara Sparks 8, Alameda Blaze 3
The Blaze took off hitting, but the Sparks defense held the Blaze scoreless for three of five innings. Victoria Avery and Lily Wilmot had two singles each, and Bella Vick and Mira Piamonte had one each. The Sparks’ aggressive base running in the top of the third scored three runs, which the Blaze could not recover when the game was called to time. Beatrice Levy’s aggressive base running as a pinch runner for Isabella Sheel’s double brought in one of the three runs scored.
Alameda Blaze 15, Petaluma Steel Breeze 0
The Blaze scored seven in the first inning, six in the second and two in the third. Ruby Siltanen pitched a perfect game with only nine batters coming to the plate, with seven strikeouts and two defense plays in the infield by Edyn Garvisch and Isabella Sheel. Eight of the 10 Blaze batters were on base multiple innings, with hits and multiple doubles by Alexis Esparza, Ruby Siltanen and Isabella Sheel. Beatrice Levy played heads up defense in right field to assist Edyn Garvisch at first. The Blaze would enter Sunday in the second seed spot.
Sunday, June 11
Alameda Blaze 16, San Anselmo 0
Lily Wilmot pitched a no hitter in three innings. The Blaze had seven runs each in the first and second innings with multiple times on base for Bella Vick, Alanna Norman, Savannah Mesterhazy and Alexis Esparza. Ruby Siltanen batted a triple. Mira Piamonte drove in Lily Wilmot for each of the three innings with two doubles and a triple. Victoria Avery had two singles.
Alameda Blaze 5, San Bruno Storm 4
In a nail-biter of a game, the Blaze came up victorious against the Storm in two extra innings. The score was 4-1 at the bottom of the first as the Blaze had to recover from errors. Ruby Siltanen pitched all seven innings with amazing concentration, keeping the Storm scoreless for the remaining six. The Blaze defense was on fire, with 15 defensive outs and a double play at third base by Alexis Esparza who caught a hard-hit line drive to third base and had a throw to Edyn Garvisch at first base for the second out. Short stop Bella Vick had multiple defensive plays to throw out runners at first. The Blaze was able to continue a single run in the second, fourth and fifth innings. At the bottom of the seventh inning in a tie game, Bella Vick started out the inning with a double. On a pass ball she advanced to third, giving the Blaze a perfect opportunity to score and win the game. Victoria Avery came to bat with a hit to the short stop, who threw her out at first. The ball was too quickly back to the pitcher for Bella Vick to steal home. With one out, Savannah Mesterhazy came to bat but could not bring Bella home. With two outs and the possibility of going into the eighth inning, Elizabeth Avery’s count was 2-2. On the pitch, the pass ball allowed Bella Vick to secure the run home and the Blaze won the game to advance to the semifinals.
Alameda Blaze 17, Marin Blue Angels 4
The Blaze continued a hitting frenzy in this game, with six runs in the first, seven in the second and four in the third. Mira Piamonte, Isabella Sheel, Alexis Esparza and Bella Vick scored multiple doubles. Elizabeth Avery scored a single on a hard-hit line drive past the Angels pitcher. Edyn Garvisch and outfielders Savannah Mesterhazy, Alanna Norman and Victoria Avery displayed fantastic defense. Ruby Siltanen contributed two singles and pitched a scoreless first inning. Mikayla Wong’s aggressive base running also assisted in the Blaze score, advancing them to the championship game.
Alameda Blaze 13, Santa Clara Sparks 4
The Blaze would face the Sparks again in the championship game, and this time they would not leave defeated. Pitcher Ruby Siltanen pitched seven strong innings with six strikeouts, but the additional Blaze defense is what held the Sparks at bay. Isabella Sheel contributed with her outstanding catching. The Sparks’ hitting was on fire, with all Blaze defense positions making plays to hold runs from scoring. Second baseman Lily Wilmot and short stop Bella Vick each had multiple put outs to Edyn Garvisch at first. Savannah Mesterhazy played great defense in right field and Elizabeth Avery advanced runners on all four times at bat. Center fielder Mira Piamonte caught a hard-hit fly ball in the third inning to keep the score 5-2 in favor of the Blaze. The Blaze would score two more runs in the fifth, with RBIs from Isabella Sheel and Ruby Siltanen. The Blaze led an offensive explosion in the sixth inning, driving in six combined runs by Lily Wilmot, Mira Piamonte, Alexis Esparza, Mikayla Wong, Edyn Garvisch and Ruby Siltanen.
Pleasant Hill Tournament, July 16-18, 2010
Saturday, July 17
Alameda Blaze 10, Petaluma Steel Breeze 0
The Blaze started the tournament off with a bang. Pitcher Lily Wilmot had an all-around great game, with two RBIs and a no hitter in four innings. Catcher Isabella Sheel had a fantastic throw down to short stop Bella Vick for an attempted second base steal in the fourth inning. Alexis Esparza, Edyn Garvisch, Ruby Siltanen and Victoria Avery each added an RBI to the game.
Alameda Blaze 11, Benicia Outlaws 4
Aggressive base running by the Blaze scored multiple runs in the third inning, with singles by Mira Piamonte, Elizabeth Avery, Isabella Sheel and Savannah Mesterhazy. A hard-hit line to second base ended with a double for Edyn Garvisch in the second. Center fielder Mira Piamonte had a diving catch in the top of the fourth for the third out in that inning. Three scoreless innings by pitcher Ruby Siltanen rounded out the win.
Alameda Blaze 9, Redding Rebels 0
Lily Wilmot pitched nine strikeouts in six innings which combined with Blaze defense to keep the game scoreless for the Rebels. Alexis Esparza had a great catch at third base and at first base, Edyn Garvisch had four assisted outs. Short stop Bella Vick showed aggressive hustle for a catch on a fly ball towards the outfield. Beatrice Levy’s aggressive base running as the pinch runner for Isabella Sheel scored two runs for the Blaze. Mira Piamonte and Alexis Esparza had two RBIs and Bella Vick scored a two-run homer. The Blaze would enter Sunday as the second place seed out of 12 teams.
Sunday, June 18
Alameda Blaze 11, Petaluma Steel Breeze 1
Facing the Steel Breeze for a second time, there was no stopping the bats and pitching of the Blaze players. Lily Wilmot again pitched all four innings, only allowing one run to score for the game. Great infield defense by Bella Vick, Mira Piamonte, Edyn Garvisch and Alexis Esparza with eight combined outs. Outfielder Alanna Norman made a fantastic catch by shifting quickly to catch a fly ball in the first inning. Lily Wilmot and Mira Piamonte had two RBIs each. The game ended in the fourth with a home run by Edyn Garvisch to advance the Blaze to the semifinals.
Pleasanton Phantom 9, Alameda Blaze 3
The Phantom was a hard match for the Blaze, as their bats and defense were on fire for all five innings. The Phantom kept the Blaze scoreless for the first two innings. The Blaze rallied in the third inning with Savannah Mesterhazy on a walk and her aggressive steal to third. Mikayla Wong drove Mesterhazy in on a single. Lily Wilmot was able to score in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Mira Piamonte, but the game was called due to time, just as the Blaze began to rally.