LITTLE LEAGUE: District title at stake for softball Minors All-Stars

Gianna Vanni tosses a pitch during the game.

For the second straight game, the Gilroy LIttle League Minors
All-Stars (9-and-10 year olds) had the right mix of offense and
defense, defeating the Spartan All-Stars 12-0 on Monday night.
Last year, the Gilroy Little League softball All-Stars swept the District 59 softball postseason tournaments – a clean 4-for-4.

One week into the 2011 All-Star campaign, GLL already has one team into the championship game.

For the second straight game, the Gilroy LIttle League Minors All-Stars (9-and-10 year olds) had the right mix of offense and defense, defeating the Spartan All-Stars 12-0 on Monday night.

The victory moves Gilroy into the District 59 championship game.

“These girls are playing well and we are working hard as a coaching staff to teach them what it takes to play together and be a team,” manager Susan Shapiro said.

Abby Clark and Gianna Vanni combined for nine strikeouts and received help from their defense en route to the shutout. AnaIsabel Perez patrolled right field, making a stop to prevent a big inning while Natalie Urenda and Erika Cates anchored the right side of the infield with key stops.

Clark started a rally with a double to plate Cates and Bella Delgado. Kalena Paredes, who produced two hits and two walks, Victoria Pacheco and Perez also contributed to the offense.

Gilroy capitalized on a multitude of walks with aggressive base running and stolen bases, Shapiro said.

“No matter who is in this line-up we are tough to contend with,” Shapiro said. “This team is filled with power players with great character.”

The All-Stars opened the tournament with just as much noise, taking out Evergreen 16-0 on Saturday.

Vanni fanned 13 in the win while Cates, Paredes, Jaimie Lam, Mia Garnica and Pacheco shared in the offensive onslaught for the heavy-hitting Gilroy team.

The championship game is slated for July 5 at Dove Hill Park in San Jose. First pitch is 5:30 p.m.

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