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Santa Clara Fast-Pitch Tournament

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July 23-25, 2010

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The 10U Alameda Blaze girls softball team closed their season with a second place finish in a Santa Clara tournament. Contributed photo.

Friday, July 23

Alameda Blaze 6, San Mateo Slammers 5
In the tournament opener, the Blaze would face the Slammers, who going into the tournament held a 17-0 record. Pitching was outstanding by Ruby Siltanen, who held the Slammers scoreless in three innings. The Slammers pitcher held five of the six Blaze innings scoreless, but in the fourth inning the Blaze would prove they were up for the challenge. The rally started with a perfect place slap by Lily Wilmot to third base. Mira Piamonte bunted, which advanced Wilmot to third, and then eventually home. A solid double by Alexis Esparza drove Piamonte in. With two outs, the Blaze had two more line drives by Ruby Siltanen and Victoria Avery to drive in three more runs. The Blaze defense held the Slammers for the win, with three fantastic outfield catches by right fielder Alanna Norman.

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Saturday, July 24

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Alameda Blaze 8, Oakland Vipers 1
The game was held to three innings due to time, but the Blaze scored six of their eight runs in the second. Alexis Esparza and Isabella Sheel each had RBIs, and Lily Wilmot and Mira Piamonte had two RBIs each. Short stop Bella Vick had a great double play, catching a line drive to short and then tagging out a runner attempting third base. The Blaze had four assisted outs at first base from Edyn Garvisch to round out the win.

Alameda Blaze 6, Santa Rosa Hackers 4
Mikayla Wong pitched one of her best games of the season. Strong Blaze defense assisted Wong with multiple plays, including a great throw to first by right fielder Beatrice Levy. Third baseman Alexis Esparza and short stop Bella Vick made multiple outs. Elizabeth Avery added two RBIs of her own. The highlight of the game was a hit deep to the outfield, where an amazing rally began. Outfielder Savannah Mesterhazy threw to center fielder Alanna Norman. Just as the attempted runner was going for home, Norman threw to Lily Wilmot at second base, who then threw to catcher Isabella Sheel for the tag out at home. The Blaze would enter Sunday as the first place seed.

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Sunday, July 25

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Alameda Blaze 10, Santa Rosa Hackers 4
Facing the Hackers again on Sunday, pitcher Ruby Siltanen pitched all six innings, with six strikeouts. The Blaze had two triples in the same inning by Alexis Esparza and Isabella Sheel for two RBIs each. The fifth inning saw another pair of triples by Bella Vick and Ruby Siltanen. Outfielder Mira Piamonte caught a hard fly ball to center field to close out the third inning, and catcher Isabella Sheel caught two pop-ups behind the plate for two outs to close out the game.

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Semifinals

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Alameda Blaze 13, Castro Valley Synergy 0
Ruby Siltanen pitched a no hitter to advance the Blaze to the championship game. In just four innings, the Blaze had two strikeouts and nine defensive plays kept the Synergy at bay. Eight of the nine Blaze batters scored runs, with Edyn Garvisch and Ruby Siltanen scoring all three times at bat. Savannah Mesterhazy hit a line drive past second base and Bella Vick had a triple and three RBIs. Eileen Ratigan was outstanding on the bases as the pinch runner for catcher Isabella Sheel, bringing in another run.

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Championship game

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San Mateo Slammers 7, Alameda Blaze 3
The Blaze fought hard again against the Slammers, but could not score enough for the win. Pitcher Ruby Siltanen held two of the five innings scoreless, but numerous hits to the Blaze outfield kept the Slammers on the bases. The Blaze saw great work by second baseman Lily Wilmot, who had two line drive catches and two assists to first baseman Edyn Garvisch. The Blaze had numerous players on base, but could only score in the fourth and fifth innings. The Blaze would end the tournament in second place, offering a fantastic end to the 10U Blaze summer season.

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