Screaming Eagle 14s show strong in Tahoe

By: Mike Ray
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With a date coming up two weeks away at the ASA Girls 14-under Western B Nationals in Salem, Oregon, the Five Cities Screaming Eagles’ 14s softball team is starting to finetune its tournament game.


Last weekend in a tourney in the North Tahoe area of Incline Village and Tahoe City, the Screaming Eagles went 5-1 against some strong competition to come home with a second-place finish. Overall on the season, the Loomis area squad now has a record of  41-6-3.


The Eagles went  3-0 in pool play competition, which included an impressive 4-2 win over the highly touted NorCal Firecrackers. However, in their bracket play, after two wins, their bid for the title was cut short by the Firecrackers, 4-1.


The Eagle 14s are slated to compete in the Western B Nationals set for Salem, July 29–Aug. 4.


Here’s a recap of last weekend’s Eagles 14s action:


Eagles 8, Marin Blue Angels 3 – A six-run fourth inning helped power the Angels from San Rafael. A two-run home run from Sara Swenson and a two-run double by Montana Medlin keyed the win. Stella Chavez and Ava Doyle split the mound duties and stymied the Angels on a three-hitter.


Eagles 4, NorCal Firecrackers 2 – In a well-played contest by both teams, Kendra Cannon’s two-run home run provided the Eagles with their margin of victory. Medlin, Annabelle Burke, Kirstie Jensen and Lauren Siebe also hit safely for the Eagles. Chavez pitched six innings for the win, allowing just two hits.


Eagles 6, Cordova Fury 3 – Another big six-run explosion ignited this Eagles victory. Burke and Siebe both delivered two-run singles for the winners while Chavez contributed another RBI base hit. Chavez struck out five, and relief work from Kailee Gage stopped the Fury bats.


Eagles 7, Cordova Fury 4 – Opening bracket play on Sunday, the Eagles tamed the Fury once again. In this win, Cannon drilled another home run and finished with two RBI. In addition, Kylie Lunders, Siebe, Jensen and Swenson all went 2-for-2. One of Lunders’ raps was a double.


Eagles 14, East Bay Fastpitch Academy 2 – In a semifinal match-up with the Dublin-area squad, the Eagles followed big hitting efforts from Siebe, Lunders and Cannon to bust the game open. Siebe went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs while Lunders was 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBI. Cannon, meanwhile, added a big triple. Chavez was the winning hurler with relief work by Doyle.


Firecrackers 4, Eagles 1 – The Eagles couldn’t come up with the timely hit and came up short to the Firecrackers in the finals. Cannon went 2-for-3 to lead the offense while Swenson added a double and Siebe a triple.