By Anderson Haigler
LAKE ELSINORE, CA — Play in the Triple Crown Sports USA Nationals Fastpitch Tournament continued on Thursday, with eight 18U teams advancing to the final day of competition on Friday.
Firecrackers Brashear took down the Love The Game Lions by a score of 2-1, rallying behind a game-winning RBI single from University of San Diego commit Arissa Tovar and a pair of stellar pitching performances from Morgan McConnell (North Dakota) and Brooklyn Carreon (Utah). Aside from Tovar’s go-ahead knock, Brooklyn Carter (Washington) came around to score for the Firecrackers’ after singling and stealing a pair of bases, while the Lions’ Alexa DeMarse (UC San Diego) contributed a clutch, pinch-hit double and scored on a wild pitch for her team’s lone run of the game.
Athletics-Mercado/Smith took down Arizona Storm Mathis by a score of 5-2.
Cal Nuggets - Woods eased past West Bay Warriors McDonald by a 10-5 margin.
The Oro Valley Suncats 18U Gold - Judge won a close one against Rogue FC Kaye, 5-4.
Firecrackers Brashear/Hicks 18u vs. Firecrackers Rico (late)
Corona Angels Tyson shut out the OC Batbusters - Bennett by a score of 5-0.
Lady Magic - Munoz scored ten to beat the Firecrackers TJ 18U, 10-3.
And the Batbusters Stith had a dominant performance against the Batbusters Gomes, prevailing by a score of 13-3 in a run-rule, six-inning affair. BYU commit Ailana Agbayani led the way for the Batbusters Stith, going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. The infielder singled in the first, doubled in the second, singled in the fifth, and added yet another single in the sixth.
As part of a six-run sixth inning, the Batbusters Stith tallied an RBI apiece from Alexis Ramirez, Hannah Coor, Karlie Davison, and Agbayani. Maya Bland launched the Batbusters Stith’s lone homer of the day, a blast to center field in the fifth inning.
Ryan Maddox bolstered the Batbusters Stith’s big afternoon at the plate with six sharp innings in the circle, allowing only three hits and a pair of runs while striking out six.
The lone bright spot on the game for the Batbusters Gomes proved to be a towering home run from Stanford commit Johnna Schroeder, which brought home two runs to get the Batbusters Gomes on the board. Other than that, it was all Batbusters Stith, all game. Said head coach Mike Stith after the last out, “It was a nice win, we gotta get ready for tomorrow…we got a lot of work to do.”