Ladies of summer win again

Auburn Storm softball team rallies after two losses to win second tournament in as many tries
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Many of the players on the Auburn Storm softball team took their lumps last spring as members of the Placer High squad. They’re making up for it this summer. The Storm 18-and-under club won its second tournament of the season last weekend, overcoming a pair of losses on Saturday to win the Incline Lake Tahoe Tournament in Truckee. The highlight of the weekend was an 8-3 win over the top-seeded team in the tournament, which had blanked Auburn 14-0 on Saturday. The Storm then topped the Tahoe Smoke 11-1 in the championship game on Sunday. Becky Matthews was on fire at the plate for Auburn going 6-for-9 in the tournament. Both Kacy Romero and Katie Urban batted .500 while Kailey Gaffney hit .429 and Jenna Knox batted .364. Knox pitched 21 innings and allowed nine earned runs in the tournament. Auburn played error-free ball in the title game. In their first tournament of the summer, the Storm went 4-1 to win the South Lake Tahoe Tournament. The team batted .363 in the tournament with just four strikeouts. Gaffney led the way with a .562 average. Abby Kendall, Taylor Graham and Alyssa Chapman all hit over .400 for the tournament. Kacy Romero was outstanding, with three triples and excellent defense at shortstop. Knox notched an ERA of 1.80 for the five games. Coach Jim Knox said the team, made up of players from age 15 to 17, is relishing its time on the diamond this summer. “The core of the team has been together for six or seven years,” Knox said. “We’ve had some kids come and go, but that core group in Auburn has played together and they keep getting better every year.” The Storm will take the field again on July 30, competing in a tournament in Davis.