It’s championship weekend at Playfields Park and Davis Youth Softball Association teams spent the week jockeying for position.
Here’s a look at action leading up to title wind-downs Friday and Saturday …
In a crucial 10-and-under division contest, Surina Beal hit a home run and earned the pitching victory as the Red Hot Tamales topped the Smurfs, 10-5.
Sophie Purves and Lizzy Jones contributed two hits apiece, Jane Rauchway had three stolen bases and Maya Beal and Amara Sedeno each had good plate appearances.
Grace Heringer, Jessie Finkelor, Mia Mark and Shelby Harry were terrific afield for the winners.
Meanwhile, the Smurf standouts included hitters Maya Nunes and Bell Hyder and pitchers Stevie Spencer and Emma Catacutan.
Nunes and Jane Garvin turned in web gems, Caroline Brennan made a putout at second on an outfield assist from Hyder, and Katie Stachowicz swiped home in the second inning.
Killer Pandas 10, Toxic Waste 3 — Winning pitcher Kat Eisele fanned 12 hitters and joined Jordan Zuniga and Halle Gabriel in scoring two runs each.
Grace Hartsough, Maya Zingaro, Eliana Enriquez and Caroline Chilcott also scored runs.
For the Waste, Cate Scheuring doubled and pitched well.
Solid fielding by Zoe Casias, Sarah Griffiths and La’Siya Earnest kept things close and Scheuring and Abby Wilbur were said to be “speedy on the bases.”
Great attitude and team spirit was displayed by Megan Lovell, Olivia Rios, Rachel Boyd, Gabriela Moreno and Anna Lovely.
Red Hot Tamales 11, Pink Crush 8 — Amara Sedeno and Surina Beal led the hit parade and Lizzy Jones, Sophie Purves, Grace Heringer, Sedeno, Jane Rauchway, Mia Mark and Maya Beal played lights-out defense.
Beal picked up the pitching victory.
Killer Pandas 9, Orange Crush 1 — Another 12-strikeout performance was turned in by Kat Eisele as the Pandas provided solid offensive support.
Maya Zingaro scored three times, Halle Gabriel had two hits and Grace Hartsough, Jordan Zuniga, Amelia Myo-Flores and Eliana Enriquez each came home twice.
Toxic Waste 8, Blue Smurfs 5 — Scoring four runs in each of the first and third innings, the Waste followed a double by Cate Scheuring and important singles from La’Siya Earnest, Abby Wilbur, Sarah Griffiths and Rachel Boyd to victory.
Earnest, Grace and Cate Scheuring turned in web gems while Griffiths, Olivia Rios, Zoe Casias, Gaby Moreno, Anna Lovely and Grace Scheuring were quick on the base paths.
Down 8-0, the Blue Smurfs battled back, scoring five times in the final two frames.
Audrey Teresi (2-for-2) led the attack while Stevie Spencer, Bella Hyder, Emma Catacutan and Maya Nunes singled.
Catacutan and Hyder shared the pitching duties and Teresi scored twice. Sophia Fucile, Jane Garvin and Spencer added the other runs.
Green Emeralds 4, Red Fireballs 2 — Erika Wenner cranked a two-run double, Makena Fix’s two-bagger drove in one run and Esha Kajley singled twice for the Gems.
Elizabeth Barger added an RBI single.
Fireball pitcher Analissa Matamoros struck out a handful of hitters while pitching two shutout innings.
Alana Turner’s RBI single broke up the shutout and Dakota Rutherford doubled.
Tessa Mild was strong at second base.
Panda Power 10, Flaming Buffaloes 3 — Hanna Futrell hammered a towering double in the first and Lindsay Taylor and Aly Eisele added doubles of their own, making Anna Harrison the winning pitcher.
Taylor also caught a fly ball and threw to Emma Brayton at first to complete a double play. Rachel Davis had a great stop at center and Shea Kordana was everywhere in center field. Taylor pitched a strong two innings.
Green Emeralds 5, Smurfettes 4 — it was Dakota Banuelos’ walk-off double that provided the margin of victory as Erika Wenner blasted two more doubles and Veronica Roe contributed two singles.
Elizabeth Barger also had a two-base hit.
Alyssa Waterson collected a pair of singles for the Smurfettes and Madison Martin’s two-run double highlighted a three-run second.
Red Fireballs 5, Panda Power 4 — Isabella Lester drove in the winning run in extra innings.
Ada Freese’s two-out double drove in an important run in the third and Annabel Loomis doubled to set up Lester’s heroics.
Tessa Mild was sound at the plate.
In recent competition, the Davis Queens split a doubleheader with the Pocket Team Havoc.
The locals won 11-10 and lost 11-8.
In the win, Sophie Mae Bertain led off the game with a home run, later adding a triple and sparking “a great team effort,” according to coaches.
Queens infielder Rebeca Engelhard corralled two, one-hop smashes in the first inning, Ella Rose started a double play later in the contest and had the game-winning, two-out hit in the last frame. Engelhard also had an unassisted double play for the second straight game.
Bertain went the distance in the circle and struck out seven in the win.
In the setback, Davis fell behind 9-0 after two innings. But the Queens battled back …
Sammie Griffiths, who has consistently hit the dirt to make plays all year, did it again as she tried to keep Davis close.
Abby Sutcliffe and Hannah Herrgesell both hit towering third-inning triples over the Pocket’s left fielder to spark the rally.
Davis’ record improved to 4-5 on the year and it has won three of its last four games.
Note: When we report the results of this weekend’s championship tournament next Friday, it will mark the last of the season’s DYSA pages. The Davis Enterprise tips its cap to Korlyn Gibson for her organization and delivery of game recaps — and thanks to the scorekeepers and coaches who went out of their way to submit those reports.