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None of the "big 3" (Athletics, Batbusters, Firecrackers) allowed a run today though the good news was somewhat mitigated for the A's as they didn't score either.
Southern Force 0 0 0 0 0=0-3-3
OC Batbusters  0 5 1 0 0=6-8-1
I don't know who #44 was for SF as she wasn't listed in the program but the Batbusters knocked her around pretty good. Delaney Spaulding led off the 2nd with a HR to right that was first ruled a ground rule double. Taylor Swearingen put onein almost the same place and this time there was no doubt. Rivera walked and Nichols beat out an infield hit. Sierra Romero doubled in 2 and the 5th run scored on an error. Brittany Moeai threw out 2 runners at 2nd to short-circuit possible rallies. The Batbusters were back at it in the 3rd though with minimal results. Swearingen singled and went to 3rd on 2 wild pitches. The game's final throw came on an errant throw by the catcher. Romero and Swearingen led the team with 2 hits apiece. Gretchen Alcoin went the distance, walking 1 and striking out 4.

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Jets               0 0 0 0 0=0-3-2
Firecrackers2 1 0 0 x=3-4-0
The Firecrackers scored first on 2 walks and 2 errors. Coral Costa singled in the 2nd and was doubled home by Nicole DeWitt. VanZee's single put runners at the corners but Blanco and J.Lindvall struck out to leave them there. The Jets hit a couple of doubles off Michelle Floyd and actually got 1 of them to 3rd. Sammy Cordova got the last 4 outs.

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SoCal A's   1 0 1 2 1 3=8-10-1
Colo Stars  0 0 0 0 0 0=0-4-3
The A's took advantage of 2 Stars errors in the 1st along with a single from Vines to get on the scoreboard. In the 3rd it was a single by Smithson-Willett and RBI-double from D.Mercado. Geer led off the 4th with an IF single and stole 2nd, barely beating the throw. It turned out to be a big play when Snaer followed with a HR. Tautalafua singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. That proved painful when Plaza followed with a double. A walk and 2 ground outs got a run home in the 5th and the secured the mercy number in the 6th. Geer and Snaer led off with singles. M.Mercado plated 1 with a fielder's choice and Sellers singled in 2 more. Schreyer started in the circle and gave up 2 hits in 4 innings. Selene Pola went the final 2 innings, also allowing 2 hits. Snaer and Geer led the offense, each going 2-3.

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Sorcerer Blue 1 0 0 0 0 0=1-0-1
So Cal A's        2 0 0 1 2 2=7-9-1
Delanie Gourley hit the 1st batter, gave up an unearned run but didn't allow another base runner. Jasmine Smithson-Willett pitched 2 perfect innings of relief. D.Mercado led off the 1st wit a single and Vines ripped one over the left-fielder's head for a triple. Geer got her in with a ground out. The A's left runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 2nd but got on the board on a leadoff HR by M.Mercado in the 4th. Munro led off the 4th with a single and pinch-runny Kristy Washazaki stole 2nd and 3rd before scoring on Smithson-Willett's single. There were just a few minutes of time left but the A's decided to play the bottom of the 6th. M.Mercado walked and Faith Canfield hit the 1st pitch out of the yard for the run-rule win. Smithson-Willett went 2-2, the only A wioth multiple hits,

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This was the game of the tournament so far and is unlikely to be surpassed even in the final. You've heard the phrase "the tension could be cut with a knife" but here you needed a chainsaw. The 2-time defending champion Athletics looked surprisingly vulnerable and needed a 6th inning HR just to get them into extra innings where they had to dodge enough bullets to start a small war. It took another big HR in the 12th to secure the victory and seal an amazing 7 2/3 inning relief performance by Delanie Gourley who allowed only a bunt single and struck out 12.

SoCal Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 4=8-8-2
SGV Velocity     1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0=4-6-1
With 2 outs in the 1st Cheek got an IF single and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch. Nicole Schroeder doubled her home and Velociy had a 1-0 lead. No big deal, right? But Sidney Gouveia was cutting down A's like a thresher going through a Kansas wheat field. She struck out 8 in the 1st 5 innings (she would finish with 14) with back-to-back singles by Danica Mercado and Brook Vines in the 3rd the only murmur of protest. It was the defense that kept the game tight as Faith Canfield nailed the 3rd out at the plate on throws from LF in both the 2nd and 3rd. The Velocity coach thought Plaza blocked the plate illegally and 2 times in a row was just too much for him as he got tossed. Meanwhile,Velocity would extend their lead in the 5th. Two singles and an RBI-double by Cheek spelled the exit for Schreyer. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and the game on the line Gourley struck out Schroeder and Villapando to end the rally. The A's finally got on the board in the 6th on a single by Megan Geer and Kaylea Snaer's 3rd HR of the day. Neither side got a hit in the 7th or 8th although Velocity used the ITB and 2 walks to load the bases in the 8th. Gourley responded with another strikeout.

THe A's took their 1st lead of the night in the 9th. Mo Mercado hit a ball that looked to be out but the left fielder made a nice play and she had to settle for  a sac fly off of new reliever  Meghan Lively. Gourley faced only 3 batters in the botto  of the 9th but a sac bnt and sac fly tied it up again. With 2 outs in the 11th M.Mercado came through with an RBI single and the A's again had the lead. But again Velocity came back. A stolen base and walk put runners at 1st and 3rd and Stephanie Maciel laid down a perfect squeeze. Another stolen base put the winning run on 3rd but Gourley got the 9 hitter on a fly ball. Velocity made only 1 error all night but it was a big one. With 2 outs in the 12th D.Mercado singled in the go-ahead-run but Vines' ball was booted by the SS and gave Geer one more chance. She responded with a 3-run HR and the game was effectively over Whether this game will make the turning point in another championship run remains to be seen but for this night it was about all the excitement Athletics' fans could stand.

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This was the game of the tournament so far and is unlikely to be surpassed even in the final.


I'm thinking that statement doesn't hold true anymore after that SoCal Athletics vs. San Jose Sting "7:30" Friday night game.

If you missed that game, you quite possibly missed the best game of the entire tournament.
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Originally Posted by uclart47
This was the game of the tournament so far and is unlikely to be surpassed even in the final.


I'm thinking that statement doesn't hold true anymore after that SoCal Athletics vs. San Jose Sting "7:30" Friday night game.

If you missed that game, you quite possibly missed the best game of the entire tournament.
Both games were fantastic. The Sting game was probably more intense because it was lose and go home. I actually experienced physical discomfort in both games because of all the tension.

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Originally Posted by uclart47
This was the game of the tournament so far and is unlikely to be surpassed even in the final.


I'm thinking that statement doesn't hold true anymore after that SoCal Athletics vs. San Jose Sting "7:30" Friday night game.

If you missed that game, you quite possibly missed the best game of the entire tournament.
Both games were fantastic. The Sting game was probably more intense because it was lose and go home. I actually experienced physical discomfort in both games because of all the tension.


I didn't get to see the first game, but that Sting/SoCal Athletics was crazy with both teams loading the bases multiple times.  Sting loading them in the bottom of the 7th (if I remember correctly), and loading the bases once during the ITB.  The longer the game went on, the more you just knew the Athletics were going to pull it out because they had more depth.
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