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Roseville Thunder 12U girls finish second in Rocklin

By: Staff Report
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The Roseville Thunder Red 12U girls softball team continued its dominance and added to its trophy collection with a second place finish at the 10th annual Piece of the Rock Tournament held in Rocklin June 19-21. Thunder started tournament play with three wins on Saturday. The run began with an offensive explosion over the Carmichael All Stars. The game was highlighted by a Riley Adams grand slam, an Emily Mark three-run home run and a 3-for-3 game from Shelby Miller. Mikayla Winston (1-0) earned her first win of the season with a lot of help from Alexis Logan’s work behind the plate. The second game of the day was against the Elk Grove All Stars Gold. Thunder Red started strong and ended even stronger with their second mercy rule win in as many games. Allyson Wubben got the Roseville girls going with a three-run homerun. The final game of day one was against the Lincoln All Stars. Lincoln proved to be the toughest opponent of the day holding the Thunder to just eight runs. Kendall Henry was 3-for- 3. Her strong offensive output kept pressure on Lincoln and provided the necessary lift to maintain the Thunder Red momentum. Their combined three-game score total for Saturday was a powerful 43-2. Sunday was a long, hot and bittersweet day for Roseville. After a slow start, Thunder Red added 12 runs to their run total and kept the Davis All Stars to just one run, behind another outstanding pitching performance from Mikayla Winston. As the day progressed, teams got tougher, the day got hotter, and the competition intensified as the Thunder played hard gunning for the second championship in as many weekends. The host team, Rocklin All Stars, held Thunder Red to just six runs as they kept the pressure on with small ball bunts and steals, but Kayleena Gonzalez (2B) and Emily Mark (LF) made great catches to hold Rocklin to just two runs. The victory in this game advanced the girls to the semifinal round of the tournament to face a team from Foothill. Roseville was down 2-0 going in to the final inning. Time had expired and the Thunder was left with only one turn at bat to mount a rally. Gonzalez started the comeback with a bunt single followed by a walk to Tex Henry. Deanna Nardi singled up the middle to score Gonzalez and with two outs and two on, Coach Jason Adams called on an ailing Analicia Garcia to provide some much needed energy off the bench. Down two strikes, Garcia slap-hit the ball to the shortstop who had no play as Henry scored from third. With the game tied Nardi scored on a close play after a passed ball completing her trip around the bases and propelling the Thunder to the championship game of the tourney. The San Bruno Storm proved to be the toughest opponent of the weekend. The combined weekend record of the Thunder Red and the Storm was 11-0 going into the championship game, but only one team can win the final game. The teams were even at two going in to the fifth inning but seven games in two days caught up with the girls from Roseville. The San Bruno Storm plated five more runs in the last two innings and the Thunder Red was unable to answer. An impressive 100-pitch game from the battery of Riley Adams to Henry allowed just five hits as Deanna Nardi (2-for-2) and Allyson Wubben (2-for-3) provided offense that was not enough to stop the powerhouse San Bruno team. Some outstanding fielding efforts from Marissa Warren, Winston, and Danielle Abbott-Chadwick were also part of the team’s success. Thunder Red took their summer record to an outstanding 11-1 and came out of Rocklin with a second place finish. Roseville Thunder Red 12U continues their run this weekend at the ASA Association tournament in Roseville.