'Sweet Caroline' paying dividends for Screaming Eagles

Loomis squad now 4-0 at ASA 14U Nationals
By: Mike Ray, Staff Writer
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MEDFORD, Oregon– On Thursday, the Loomis-based Five Cities Eagles softball team crooned Neil Diamond’s 1970s “Sweet Caroline” twice in pregame rituals, and both times it led to huge wins in the first day of bracket play at the ASA Western A 14U Nationals being played at U.S. Cellular Community Park.


In their opener on Thursday, the Eagles built up a big lead on the Artesia Punishers from Southern California before holding on for a 12-10 win.


Then in its second game, Five Cities took on a tough Diamond Dusters squad from Port Orchard, Washington, and behind another superb pitching effort from Morillas, set down the Dusters, 7-1.


The two wins move the Eagles into Friday’s semifinals where the Eagles will play either the Canby Rebels from Canby, Oregon, or the Northwest Vandals from Salem, Oregon.


A win in Friday night’s game would move the Eagles into Saturday’s 7 p.m. winner’s bracket finals. Sixteen teams are entered in the tournament which has teams vying from California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.


Screaming Eagles 12, Artesia Punishers 10 – The Eagles built a big 10-2 lead after three innings but had to stave off the Southern California team for the win. The high-scoring game was sloppily played as the Eagles were guilty of an uncharacteristic six errors while the Punishers were guilty of five miscues.


The Eagles finished with nine hits, including Lauren Siebe (2-for-3, RBI) and Kendra Cannon (2-for-4, RBI) having big games. Also adding fuel to the first for the winners were Annabelle Burke and Dee Morillas, who both lashed out two RBI singles.


Also getting into the hit column were Kylie Lunders, Georgia Smith and Kirstie Jensen. Stella Chavez allowed seven hits and notched the pitching win. She fanned six batters and walked four.


Screaming Eagles 7, Diamond Dusters 1 – Morillas was solid on the mound once again as she followed up her one-hitter on Wednesday with a five-hitter in stopping the Washington team.


Morillas fanned 10 batters and walked just one in her effort. The big sticks for the Eagles included Burke who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs driven in and Siebe, who crushed a home run and double in three at-bats and also collected two RBI.


Sara Swenson was also 2-for-4 with two runs diven in while Jessie Jensen added a RBI hit.