Screaming Eagles 14s win ASA national tourney opener
MEDFORD, Oregon–If the Five Cities Screaming Eagles were looking to get off to a good start at the ASA Western Nationals Girls 14 A Tournament in Medford, Oregon, this week, call it mission accomplished..
Paced by the superb pitching of Stella Chavez and Dee Morillas and timely hitting from Kylie Lunders, the Eagles opened tourney play by winning their pool with a 2-0 record.
Tuesday, the Eagles followed the four-hit pitching of Chavez to post an impressive 3-0 win over the Lady Wolf Pack from Fremont.
Wednesday, the Eagles used a one-hitter from Morillas and key hits from Lunders and Sara Swenson to subdue the Canby Rebels from Canby, Oregon, 4-2.
The win moved the Eagles into bracket play in the 16-team tourney that features squads from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and California.
In the win over the Lady Wolf Pack, the Eagles, who finished fourth in last year’s Western National B Tournament that was played in Roseville, started their scoring in the second inning with two runs.
Dee Morillas led off the frame with a single and was pushed to second on a single by Jessie Jensen. After Kay Kelly beat out an infield bunt to load the bases, Lunders delivered a two-run single for a 2-0 advantage.
The Eagles tacked on a run in the third when Sara Swenson led off with a double and was replaced by designated runner Georgia Smith. Smith promptly went to third on a passed ball and then scored on Kirstie Jensen’s fielder’s choice.
Chavez threw a complete-game shutout for the win as she allowed just four hits, fanned 14 batters and walked three.
Lunders finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI while Jessie Jensen was also 2-for-3. Swenson added a double while Kelly and Morillas also hit safely.
In the win against Canby, Morillas allowed just one hit and fanned seven batters. Lunders (2-for-4) and Swenson (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) were the top hitters. Kelly and Jensen also hit safely.
The opening tourney wins gives the Eagles a season record of 46-9-3.
Eagle 12s lose opener
The Screaming Eagles 12-year-olds dropped a 13-3 contest to the Bonita Valley Silver from San Diego in the first round of the 12-and-under Western Nationals in Camarillo.
The Eagles were locked in a tight 6-3 game with the Silver for four innings before the Bonita Valley squad erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning.
For the Eagles, Shea Palofox collected a double while Kate Vincent and Sophie Chavez each went 1-for-2.