LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – Playing in its second elimination game of the day, Power Surge Berndes/Trammell showcased its poise in a dominant 11-0 victory over USA Athletics, moving one win away from making the 16u Championship Bracket.
Sofia Mujica, one of the best power hitters in the state of California, regardless of class, led the way for Power Surge with six RBIs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning. Mujica got the scoring started for Mujica with an RBI double in the top of the first inning, driving in Caylene Nguyen.
“Sofia was huge for us,” Head Coach Ron Trammell said. “I’m surprised they are still pitching to her, but they are, and it makes everyone around her better. They just work harder when they see that level, and everyone else is just working harder to get to that level.”
In the second inning, Power Surge really took control of the game with six runs. Power Surge quickly loaded the bases with a single, double, and walk, leading to a two-RBI double from Mya McGowan to make it 3-0. Nguyen added an RBI single on the next at-bat, with another runner scoring on a throwing error, before Mujica drove in a run on an RBI single herself. Power Surge added another couple of hits in the inning to make it 7-0.
That was more than enough for Power Surge’s pitcher, Callie Christian. Christian looked in complete control pitching five shutout innings and only allowing a couple of baserunners in the game, with none threatening to score.
“Today we got great games from our two pitchers today,” Trammell said. “Callie was lights out. Defense was solid all day and we stayed true to who we are.”
In the fourth inning, Power Surge once again loaded the bases, but this time did its damage with the long ball when Mujica hit a grand slam, driving the ball about 30 feet over the left field wall. In its two elimination games on Friday, Power Surge was as dominant as it could have hoped for, outscoring its opponents 22-1 and rebounding nicely from a disappointing result on Thursday.
“That was huge, because yesterday we didn’t score a run,” Trammell said of his team’s two dominant performances on Friday. “We had a practice after the game, and the girls worked hard and it’s paying off. The girls came out swinging and they work hard.”
Power Surge will look to keep the good times rolling with another elimination game on Sunday at 8 am PT, this time against 5 Star PlayMakers, with the winner advancing to the 16u Championship Bracket.