Another tourney title for Roseville Thunder

By: Staff Report
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The Roseville Thunder Red 12-and-under girls’ softball team added six more wins to its resume in taking the ASA Metros softball tournament in Folsom Saturday and Sunday. This unbeaten championship weekend extends Thunder Red’s 2010 record to an impressive 17-1. Thunder Red started the weekend with a solid defensive performance and a 5-1 win against the Elk Grove Gold All-Stars. The second game of the day was a back-to-back against Foothill. The offense showed up for this game with Emily Mark and Analicia Garcia smacking doubles and helping the girls bring in seven runs in the second inning. The girls continued their strong defensive play, holding Foothill to four runs in a 10-4 victory. After a three-hour break, the final game of the day featured another seven-run third inning against the Woodland All-Stars. The final result was a 19-7 win. By winning their three Saturday games, Thunder Red was a No. 2 seed for Sunday’s single elimination bracket play. As the temperature rose in the day, Foothill was the opponent once again, and Riley Adams was brilliant in the pitcher’s circle as she threw a no-hitter in a 14-0 win that was shortened due to the mercy rule. Emily Mark hit two home runs in the same inning and Danielle Abbott-Chadwick added a long ball in that same stanza to put this game out of reach. The semifinal contest pitted Thunder Red against Roseville club rival Thunder Blue. Riley Adams turned in another stellar shutout complete game while Deanna Nardi was 4-for-4 and scored three times. Abbott-Chadwick hit her second home run of the day. The team pulled out the squeeze play in the second as Marissa Warren scored Deanna Nardi en route to a 16-0 win that once again invoked the mercy rule. With the game time temperatures above 100 degrees, the girls were hot, tired and facing the rested and very strong Rocklin All-Stars squad in the Sunday afternoon title game. Rocklin played strong, forcing the Thunder to play fundamental softball. The power hitting from earlier in the tournament was replaced in this battle by bunt singles and smart running on the base paths. Allyson Wubben, a multi-sport athlete that competed in a national volleyball tournament in Reno this weekend, arrived just minutes before the 3 p.m. title game. She did the job in the circle as the Thunder claimed a 3-0 win and the tournament title. Roseville’s defense was on display with great outfield catches and highlight reel plays in the infield. “The girls are having a summer they will never forget, it is fun to be a part of and rewarding to see them grow and develop with each game,” said coach Jason Adams. “We came into the summer with high expectations but no one could have predicted this much success.” Thunder Red will take the upcoming holiday weekend off while preparing for the Pleasanton Girls’ Softball Summer Classic July 9-11.