Roseville girls strong to open summer season

Thunder unbeaten at tournament in Folsom
By: Staff Report
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The Roseville Thunder Red 12-and-under girls’ softball team announced its presence with authority this weekend. The team started the summer season by going 5-0 in the 45th annual Stars of Cordova softball tournament. The tournament, which took place in Folsom this year due to construction in Rancho Cordova, has been an annual event since 1965. The girls from Roseville Girls Softball scored an impressive 51 runs in five games and gave up just 14. Led by the outstanding pitching of Riley Adams and Allyson Wubben, Thunder Red provided parents and fans with excitement and energy throughout the entire tournament. It was a total team effort. Kendall Henry, Analicia Garcia and Deanna Nardi were defensive stalwarts, while Marissa Warren, Kayleena Gonzalez and Mykayla Winston provided base-running excitement. Emily Mark and Danielle Abbott-Chadwick combined to make plays both in the outfield and at bat, and Isabella Stolo, Shelby Miller and Alexis Logan provided added depth to a strong 13-player roster. “Everyone contributed this weekend, everyone played a part,” said coach Jason Adams. “It was a true team effort.” Wins over Rocklin and Lincoln Saturday got the event started out right. The Thunder then came out on fire for Sunday’s single-elimination championship play. The team beat Woodland and then blasted the host Cordova Fury by a score of 16-1, invoking the ASA mercy rule after just three innings. In the championship game, Thunder 12U Red faced the American River All Stars, their toughest opponent of the weekend. As hard-hit balls seemed to land in the glove of the opponents, the game was a defensive struggle. Each team scratched out runs with the girls from Roseville managing a 4-3 win to claim the title. “I told them that they set the bar for the rest of the summer and now teams are going to be gunning for them,” Adams said. “Now they will get to learn how to defend a championship and the pressures that go with being widely regarded as the best team in the area. It only gets tougher from here, but I have faith in their abilities.”