Island sports: Alameda Blaze 12U
Alameda Blaze 12U Tournament Results
Santa Clara Tournament July 23-25
The Alameda Blaze won their third tournament of the season on July 25, posting a 5-0-1 record in the Santa Clara tournament and finishing the season with a 31-8-1 record. The Blaze played seven tournaments on the year and had three championships and four second place finishes. The team’s season performance was the best Alameda Blaze softball season on record both from a win-loss percentage and tournament finishes.
Friday July 23
Alameda Blaze 5, Almaden Lightning 1
Alameda used tight defense behind the pitching of Sammy Williams to knock off Almaden to start the tournament. The Blaze offense scored runs in all but one inning. The Alamaden pitcher’s control problems and some timely hitting throughout the lineup provided enough offense for the victory.
Saturday July 24
Alameda Blaze 4, Santa Clara Sparks 4
Santa Clara pushed across two runs in the bottom of the sixth and the time limit expired to give the Blaze their first tie of the season. Santa Clara threw three different pitchers at the Blaze and Alameda could come up with the clutch hits they needed to break the game open. Kennedy Hanson, Meida Tautalatasi, Julia Boyden and pitcher Shannon Regan all had two hits on the night and Regan pitched well enough to win, but three Blaze errors were enough to cost the team a victory.
Alameda Blaze 5, Santa Rosa Hackers 1
Alameda fell behind early, but finished strong for a convincing win over the Hackers. Pitcher Sammy Williams was dominant after a shaky first inning, only allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts. Kennedy Hanson, Caroline Liu, Williams and Alanna Reyes had two hits apiece and Kelley Desmond had an important two-run single in the third to put Alameda ahead to stay. The Alameda defense was sharp and helped Williams limit the Hackers to one hit and one base runner over the last five frames.
Sunday July 25
Alameda Blaze 4, Sunnyvale Shockwave 2
The Blaze scored three in the first and played solid defense to support pitcher Shannon Regan and hung on for the win. The middle of Blaze lineup was the difference, with Meida Tautalatasi driving in three runs on a first inning double and Kelley Desmond scoring twice to pace the offense. Regan scattered six hits and shut down every Sunnyvale rally to earn the victory.
Alameda Blaze 4, San Mateo Slammers 0
Pitcher Sammy “Dub” Williams tossed a three-hit shutout over seven innings and the Blaze cruised to victory. Jordan Cenidoza, Kennedy Hanson, Meida Tautalatasi and Julia Boyden had two hits each as the Blaze flashed lumber and lightning in a four run third inning, which provided more than enough for Williams. Vivienne Saulovich joined the party with a hit and a run and Caroline Liu had a run batted in to help the cause.
Alameda Blaze 4, Almaden Lightning 2
Pitcher Sammy Williams earned her second championship game victory of the season and the Blaze turned in a solid defensive performance and enough offense to take the title. The Blaze got off to a good start with two runs in the top of the first, but Almaden answered with one in the bottom of the inning. The Blaze posted another two runs in the top of the second with Julia Boyden and Kennedy Hanson scoring both runs on wild pitches. Alameda threatened in the fourth and again in the seventh with the bases loaded, but it turned out four was enough for the dominant Williams. She limited the potent Lightning offense to five hits and when runners got to second the Blaze came up with the big play, the biggest being Kennedy Hanson’s running catch on a low-liner for the final out. Williams finished the tournament 4-0 and the Blaze allowed only 10 runs in six games to take this low-scoring tournament.