8-5-2011 Premier Teams Paired for Finals


August 5 2011


After an extensive round of games to settle winners and losers brackets, the 2011 Premier Girls Fastpitch tournament has final contenders for the championships to be played at Bill Barber Park on Saturday.

At noon, the Worth Firecrackers will play the defending champion So Cal Athletics for the championship of the HS Division.  The SCA’s lost their winner’s bracket game to the OCBatbusters 8-2, but came back to win the “what if”game 5-4.

At 3pm, the 16U championship will be played, followed by the 14U Championship.  Neither of the last two brackets had been completed by midnight Friday.

HS Division Friday Scores

This the elite division, and has featured many of the countries best travel ball clubs.

Bracket A

Southern California Athletics 3, Strike Zone 1

Lady Magic 1, NW Bullets 0  Bullets eliminated

Lady Magic 12, Corona Angels Marty 10  Angels eliminated

Washington Ladyhawks 1, Grapettes 0  Grapettes eliminated

Beverly Bandits 8, WA Ladyhawks 4  Ladyhawks eliminated

Beverly Bandits 7, Lady Magic 1  Lady Magic eliminated

Bandits 9, Strike Zone 3  Strike Zone eliminated

Worth Firecrackers 8, Beverly Bandits 0 (5)  Bandits eliminated

Firecrackers advance to Saturday’s championship game

Bracket B

Worth Firecrackers 6, OC Batbusters 4

Choppers 2, Wichita Mustangs 1  Wichita Mustangs eliminated

Choppers def TX Glory  7-5  TX Glory eliminated

So Cal 3D 3, Texas Impact 2  Texas Impact  eliminated

Explosion 13, So Cal 3D 3  So Cal 3D eliminated

Explosion 8, Choppers 2  Choppers eliminated

Batbusters 11, Explosion 3

Batbusters 8, So Cal Athletics 2  Batbusters force “what if” game

So Cal Athletics 5, Batbusters 4  Batbusters eliminated

So Cal Athletics advance to Saturday’s championship game

Random Game Notes

Worth Firecrackers 6, OC Batbusters 4.  The Firecrackers built a 6-1 lead in this battle between two then-undefeated teams at the top of Bracket B – and almost lost it on three errors.  Two out bottom 1st, Lahners hit a 2-run homer.  Losefa homered in the 2nd, 3-0.  Taukelaho jacked a 2-run shot in the 3rd, 5-0.  The Batbusters responded with a run in the 4th.  The Firecrackers scored for a 6-1 lead.  Errors brought the score to 6-2, then Romero belted a 2-run double.  Tarango the winner, Bowling the loser.

Worth Firecrackers 8, Beverly Bandits 0 (5) The Firecrackers scored 4 runs in the 2nd enroute to punching their ticket to the title game.  With 2 out, White bunted for a hit, then stole 2nd.  Chamberlain singled, Lahners drove in 2 runs.  Taukelaho doubled in a run; Tarango singled in the fourth run.  A Chamberlain single and Lahners double and Taukelaho groundout produced 2 runs in the 4th.  Chamberlain closed out the game by run-rule with a 2-run homer in the 5th.  Tarango defeated Dorsey.

Batbusters 8, So Cal Athletics 2 .  The A’s led 2-1, before the Batbusters racked seven unanswered points with a barrage of four hokmers.  Mauga connected on two; Jelenicki and Spaulding had one each.  Floyd won, Gourley lost.

So Cal Athletics 5, Batbusters 4.  Forced into a “what if” game, the A’s broke a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the 5th.  Mercado and Brown singled; Tautalafua homered.  Mercado hit a solo in the 6th.  Bottom 6th:  Takeda doubled, Jelenicki singled, Muaga jacked a 3-run homer.  Ramirez was the winning pitcher; Padilla, the third Batbuster hurler, lost.

Lady Magic 12, Corona Angels Marty 10 .  UCLA-bound Ally Carda won three games in a row to keep Lady Magic in contention, including this roller coaster ride which was surely one of the most emotion-packed games of the tournament.  The Angels scored 2 top 1st; fell behind, then took the lead 8-6, only to watch Magic score 6 runs in the 6th; an Angel rally in the 7th produced 2 more runs but Carda shut the door.  The first of three dropped third strikes and the first of many passed balls helped the Angels score twice in the 1st.  But, Lady Magic pounded away in the bottom half; Carda singled; Henderson homered with one out; Cordes walked, Jepperson homered; Garcia and Moore singled; Akey doubled, rbi; Carda walked; Moore rbi single.  Stephanie La Rosa, also bound for UCLA, put the Angels back in the game with a 2-run double.  The Angels closed to 6-5 in the 3rd, then La Rosa gave them the lead with a 2-run homer off Carda, who had relieved Wisdom in the 3rd.  The Angels tacked on another run on a failed pick to lead 8-6.  Lady Magic then racked another 6; an rbi double by Jeppeson, a 2-run double by Garcia, an rbi single by Wisdom, a 2-run single by Moore.  The 12-8 lead looked firm until Girard jacked a 2-run homer top 7th.  A hit batter and a dropped third strike put the tying runs on base, but Carda struck out Perez – with LaRosa in the on-deck circle.

Lady Magic 1, NW Bullets 0.  Carda, the winning pitcher, scored on bases-loaded walk.

Explosion 13, So Cal 3D 3.  3D led 3-0 after 4; Explosion ripped 5 runs in 5th and 8 in the 6th, with 7 players recording rbi’s.


Batbusters have 14 homers, five by Mauga.  Firecrackers have hit 11 home runs, four each by Chamberlain and Taukelaho.  So Cal Athletics have 10 homers, three by Plaza.  Explosion has 6 dingers, Corona Angels 6, three by LaRosa. Southern Force 5, three by Jones.. 

Karley Weser, the Firecracker player injured 2 days ago, suffered a broken tibia, and had surgery today to place a rod in her leg.  The junior verballed to Notre Dame.

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