Softballers making headway at Western Regional Tournament
The Gilroy Little League Majors softball All-Stars are off to an ideal start at the 2011 Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino.
In Gilroy’s freshest win Sunday night, a seven-run third inning proved vital in a 7-5 decision over Idaho. Alexis Conlan tossed five innings of four-hit, four-run softball to record the triumph.
Gilroy sprinkled six hits around the diamond in the seven-run outburst in the third. Nikki Villanueva delivered a one-out RBI triple to plate Conlan for a 1-0 lead. Liezl Clark singled one batter later to put to on for Pati Soria who poked a two-RBI double to center. A fourth and fifth straight hit courtesy of Cynthia Del Real and Michalea Decker set the table for two more runs, crossing safely on an error. Maria Sandoval later scored on a Maddy Cox single to cap the frame.
Idaho, inched closer as the game progressed, sandwiching a three-run fourth in between a one-run third and fifth.
Gilroy squeaked by 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel between Sandoval and Montana’s Payton Hudson on Saturday.
Montana grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the third, but Gilroy tallied once in the fourth and fifth, holding on to the slim 2-1 lead in the end.
Soria singled to start the fourth and came around on fielder’s choice. Villanueva factored into the fifth, walking with two outs and scoring on an error.
The pair of victories on Saturday and Sunday has Gilroy atop Pool A at 2-0. The All-Stars were off Monday and will resume pool play today against Utah at 1 p.m. at Houghton Stadium.
The All-Stars are trying to become the first GLL Majors Division softball team to advance to the Little League World Series since 2007.
Minors all-stars eliminated
After three straight wins to stave off elimination, the Gilroy Little League Minors softball All-Stars dropped their second game of California Division II Tournament to Marysville 12-11 on Saturday.
After suffering a loss in its opening game, the team stayed alive with three big victories last week, including an 8-3 nod over Durham Little League on Friday and wins of 11-1 over Auburn and 3-2 against Redwood Empire.