MODESTO – A six-week layoff had little effect on the Gilroy
Chaos girls’ 10U Blue softball team.
MODESTO – A six-week layoff had little effect on the Gilroy Chaos girls’ 10U Blue softball team.
The local travel ball squad scrapped to a third-place finish at the Casino Royale tournament in Modesto last weekend.
A trip to the finals seemed likely as the Chaos entered the semifinals against the Central Valley Xtreme, a team they had easily defeated 12-3 during pool play Saturday.
With retribution on their minds, the Xtreme handed the Chaos an 11-10 loss, ending the back-and-forth slug fest on a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“What can you say,” manager Kelly Vanni said, “the girls played with all their hearts and came up short. I am very proud of their effort.”
The Chaos posted six runs through the first three innings to grab a 6-3 lead. But the Xtreme had one last offensive attack as the tournament time limit drew near, scoring three runs to tie the game in the fourth and send it into extra innings.
Gilroy kept the pressure on with four runs in the top of the fifth to go up 10-6, inching that much closer to a spot in the finals.
However, the Xtreme plated four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame and held Gilroy scoreless in the ensuing inning before stealing the game with the six-inning single.
The Chaos began the weekend with triumph over the Central Valley Thunder 10-6. Fueled by a second-inning home run from Juliana Santiago, the Chaos banged out eight hits in the effort.
The girls followed up that performance with a convincing 15-1 win over the Calaveras Sliders in four innings.
The bats remained hot in Saturday’s pool play as the Chaos cruised to their third win of the day against the would-be tournament champs Central Valley Xtreme 12-3.
“It was flawless softball, solid defense, consistent pitching and phenomenal hitting,” Vanni said after Saturday’s 3-0 run through pool play.
The Chaos earned the No. 2-seed heading into Sunday’s single-elimination rounds. Gilroy beat the Thunder 8-6 to reach the semifinals.
Santiago led the team with 12 hits in 14 at-bats, including the home run. She also shared a large portion of the pitching duties with Emily Fredericks who had eight hits and seven RBI during the tournament. Rachel Vanni batted a perfect 7-for-7 with one walk and scored eight times.
The Xtreme went on to win the tournament by defeating the Los Banos Tigers 11-7.