As the Davis Youth Softball Association finished pool play in anticipation of this weekend’s year-end tournament, the 10U Green Chili Peppers got past the Ninja Monkeys, 10-5.
With Lily Gieschen and Makena Fix pitching well, the Peppers jumped out to a big lead.
Grace Herringer went 3-for-3 for the winners as Gieschen, Carolena Morales, Anna Harrison, Mia Mark and Audrey Teresi all contributed to the hit parade.
La’Siya Earnest, Grace Scheuring, Sydney Eberhardt and Paige Jenness were solid afield, while Morales’ over-the-shoulder catch was the play of the game.
As bracket competition begins Friday, championship games will be played in all divisions on Sunday at Playfields Park.
Here’s a look at other action in the crowded 10U grouping …
Hot Tamales 12, Mad Hatters 8 — With Zoe West starting and Veronica Roe and Alyssa Eisele providing sparkling relief pitching, the Tamales prevailed.
Sophia Leamy started a double play and West tagged out a runner at the plate as defense carried the day.
Kathleen Sullivan paced an offense that saw 10 different Hot Tamales score, including two runs each by Amara Sedeno and West. Aedeno, West, Olivia Waldren, Shea Kordana and Roe provided timely hits.
For the Hatters, Alyssa Waterson stole six bases, scored twice and collected an RBI hit. Waterson also was strong afield.
Maya Zingaro scored twice, had an RBI and swiped four bases while excelling on defense. Alex Folb swiped three bases (on two walks). Carleigh Greenway singled, scored, had a run batted in and stole three bases.
Colette Quaas doubled, scored and stole three bases as Annika Fisk, Kayla Chin, Eliana Enriguez and Ada Freese scored and swiped a base.
Mariah Ruiz pitched two innings, fanning three.
Softball Slammers 12, Green Chili Peppers 7 — Jordan Zuniga led the way at the plate, crushing a double and getting an RBI. Belen Harding, Lilianne Brush, Emeline Wong, Madison Rutherford, Zuniga and Chloe Adams wielded hot bats for the Slammers.
Sophia Fucile, Sophia Palomares, Maidson Martin and Dakota Rutherford scored.
Madison Rutherford pitched four strong innings, striking out 10, with Adams picking up the save.
Siberian Tigers 12, Mad Hatters 10 — Libby Slater’s bases-loaded double drove in three runs to provide the margin of victory.
Heather Breckner added a double and Tara Reddy and Stevie Spencer both had two singles. The bat parade continued as Katianna Higgins, Erika Wenner and Kristine Schmitz had important hits.
Breckner, Reddy and Slater all scored twice and Hanna Futrell, Olivia Tomasello, Spencer, Schmitz, Higgins and Wenner added additional tallies.
For the Mad Hatters, Maya Zingaro struck out two batters in two innings in the circle. She also scored after getting a hit.
Mariah Ruiz went 2-for-2, stole three sacks and scored twice with an RBI.
Shelby Harry drove in two runs with two timely hits, scored and also swiped three bases.
Fisk, pitching for the first time, recorded an inning-ending strikeout and contributed an RBI at the plate.
Alexa Folb, Colette Quaas, Kayla Chin, Ada Freese and Eliana Enriquez were other offensive standouts.
Hot Tamales 9, Pink Peace Signs 6 — In three innings of work, Zoe West allowed only one run while striking out eight for the winners.
Veronica Roe came on in relief while Lauren Lee, Amara Sedeno, Zoe West, Olivia Waldren, Brian Schwarz, Roe and Bledsoe delivered at the plate.
Sedeno scored three times and Alyssa Eisele scored twice.
Pink Peace Sign bats were busy, too.
Emma Catacutan drove in two runs and Cate Fehrenbacher, Piper Brandy and Sanne Dequine each had an RBI.
Fehrenbacher, Bella Hyder, Catacutan, Dequine, Isabella Lester, Eden Dolanc and Brandy had hits.
Brandy was behind the plate for the first time and Georgia Nicholas was strong in her first circle appearance.
Pitcher Hyder fanned five, joining Catacutan, Dequine and Fehrenbacher with web gems.
Pink Peace Signs 10, Mad Hatters 10 — Versatile Alyssa Waterson turned outstanding plays at first and third, while Colette Quaas (2-for-2 with a run) paced the Hatters.
Mariah Ruiz had an RBI and made a solid defensive play.
Alex Folb and Maya Zingaro doubled and singled and Shelby Harry was 2-for-3, turning in some dazzling plays at catcher. Eliana Enriquez was solid at shortstop and swiped two bases.
Tracker Jackers 15, Blue Blizzard 10 — Courtney Rutherford singled twice, driving in a run and Lauren Wilcox and Layla Fitch had RBI extra-base hits in the win.
Fitch also pitched well
Tracker Jackers 14, Giants 11 — With the game in a tiebreaker inning, Shay Thompson cracked a big double and Sara Noren iced the game by stealing home.
A booming triple by Layla Fitch set the tone and Lauren Wilcox smacked a two-run double as the Jackers lived up to their name.
Fitch threw a complete game, striking out five Giants.
Powerful Pandas — In a group that doesn’t keep score, Anna Coleman was big on offense. Combine that with aggressive base running by Adelina Wehner, Ella Ackerman, Maya Gagnon, Kaytlin LeBar-Triepke, Kaylie Adams and Aubrey McLin, and Panda Power was in full gear.
Ackerman, LeBar-Triepke, Adams and McLin turned in outstanding fielding plays.
Red Rubies — Lily Lingbloom’s hot bat contributed a game-opening single and Chloe Harrison followed with a shot past third. Erin McAllister and Sasha Sinclair were solid at the plate.
Daphne Roe and Sofia Kelly were quick on the bases and Emily Wilcox was tough on defense.
Note: For DYSA weekend schedule, visit www.davisyouthsoftball.org. Thanks to Jennifer Harrison and the many parents who contributed for all their help during the 2014 season, making the DYSA weekly page a success.