Outscoring teams 45-8 through six wins to claim the championship at the TCS Brashear Summer Invitational in Southern California over the weekend, the West Bay Warriors 16U Gold continued to prove they can swing it.
When faced with their lowest scoring game of the summer, however, the travel softball team out of San Mateo showed they can rely on the leather as well.
The Warriors advanced to the championship game with a 3-2 win in Sunday’s semifinals over So Cal Athletics 18U Briggs-Orange, with starting pitcher Lauren Bible (San Ramon Valley HS) escaping a tough spot in the sixth inning, staring down a first-and-third, one-out jam by inducing an inning-ending double play.
“That was it,” Warriors coach Ray McDonald said. “That brought us the championship. That was a nail-biter. It just shows our resilience. We’re a mentally tough ball club.”
It was a sharp grounder to shortstop Maicie Levitt (St. Ignatius) that set the twin killing in motion. The Cornell University commit out and San Mateo native gave a perfect feed to second baseman Bella Carreon (Hillsdale), who gunned to first baseman Giuliana Selvitella (San Mateo) to quell the threat.
“They are quite a double-play combination,” McDonald said. “They really are magicians out there.”
The double-play combo picked up right where they left off at the start of the championship game against Panthers Gold 18U-Rialto. In the first inning, the Warriors erased one of just five Panthers base-runners in the game with another 6-4-3 double play. The Warriors, behind starting pitcher Linzey Allard (St. Francis-Mountain View) rolled to a 7-0 victory.
Allard earned the five-inning complete game in the shortened finale, allowing three hits and two walks. The tall left-hander, however, didn’t notch a single strikeout, instead relying on her defense, which committed just two errors through the six-game tournament.
“She pitched really well,” McDonald said. “She’s quite an amazing talent and, a personality of a kid, she’s really an amazing kid.”
The Triple Crown Series Brashear Invite held at Grand Terrace High School was an informal tournament but included some elite talent. The prerequisite for entry into the tourney was a to already have qualified for the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch premier championships, to be held in July in Huntington Beach.
The Warriors 16U squad is also carrying right-hander Sage Hager (San Mateo) on roster, though she did not pitch over the weekend to rest the recent sophomore after she pitched 134 2/3 innings at the varsity level for the San Mateo Bearcats in the spring.
Allard, Selvitella and cleanup hitter Mika Chong (Hillsdale) paced the Warriors with two hits apiece in the championship game. Selvitella — San Mateo’s to slugger in the spring as a sophomore — went 8 for 17 in the tournament.
“Giuliana just has a beautiful swing and she has a lot of great contact,” McDonald said. “She doesn’t swing and miss often. And she has power to hit the ball out of the park to all fields.”
Allard set the tone in Saturday’s tournament opener, a 7-2 in over the Nevada Batbusters, going 3 for 3 with a triple, two home runs and five RBIs.
After a 7-2 win over the Ohana Tigers, the Warriors rolled to a 17-0 win over the Salinas Storm. Chong went 4 for 4 in that one, slugging two doubles and a home run, totaling six RBIs.
The Warriors added a 6-2 win over the Corona Angels 18U to advance to the semifinal round. Shannon Galliano (Aragon) produced a pivotal two-run single in the second inning that, at the time, gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead.