Softball: Carson Valley Hurricanes strong again
The Carson Valley Hurricanes 12U fast pitch softball team had another impressive tournament showing this past weekend in Sacramento. The team won a California NSA Fall Ball Championship Qualifier held there last month.
When they registered for this weekend’s tournament, the tournament director requested that they play up to the 14U division since the Hurricanes won their last tournament with 3 of the 5 games stopped early because of the mercy rule.
Ten teams competed in the tournament, coming from Sacramento, Roseville, Chico, Stockton, Reno and the Bay Area. The Hurricanes’ roster is made up of five 12-, four 11- and two 10-year olds, and they were clearly outmatched in terms of size in each of the games they played. Although they were the only 12U team in the tournament, they turned some heads with their strong fundamentals and their focus on playing as a team.
On Saturday the team beat the Sacramento Fire & Ice 1-0 and the East Bay Crossfire 7-3, and tied the Chico Chics 3-3. Their 2-0-1 record tied them for the top seed in the tournament.
On Sunday they beat the Crossfire 8-1 in the quarterfinals. Then they faced the Roseville Express in a semifinal game. The Hurricanes led most of the game, but Roseville came back and tied it up 3-3, and forced the game into extra innings. The Hurricanes got runners to 2nd and 3rd and just missed scoring both runners when a line drive was snared by the first basemen. Roseville scored the winning run in their half of the inning, preventing the Hurricanes from going to the championship game. Throughout the weekend, the Hurricanes received numerous compliments about their level of play from other coaches, players and umpires.
The Hurricanes have won four tournaments this year, and have compiled a 32-12-1 record. They are scheduled to play one more tournament this month in South Lake Tahoe, and have qualified to play in the California NSA Fall Ball Championship in Fresno in November.
Team members competing in Sacramento were: Jordan Burke, Kenzie Cole, Maddy Gilbert, Steph Harper, Donna Judd, Jenna Kochamp, Megan Mitchell, Katrina Morgan, Emily Weaver, Brenna White, and Laura Wood.
The Hurricane organization is in the process of forming its teams for next year; it plans to have teams in both the 14U and 12U “A” divisions. Tod Harper and Andy Mitchell will be the coaches for the 14U team, and Dave Cole will be a coach for the 12U team. Frank Maye, with over 35 years of experience coaching softball and baseball, will be the trainer for both teams. The organization will hold open workout Sunday Oct. 3 from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Douglas High softball field.
The team expects to have players from Carson Valley, Carson City and Dayton. Any players or parents interested in learning more about joining the Hurricanes or coming to a workout can call Harper at 267-3974 or Mitchell at 782-4849.