It was a big finale for the Davis Youth Softball Association as the three division champions won their titles on Saturday at Playfields Park.
In 12U play, the Firecrackers got past the Tsunami, 15-9. Meanwhile, the Killer Pandas — 7-3 winners over the Red Hot Tamales — took the 10U flight, and the Green Emeralds were victorious among 8U teams, thanks to a 5-0 decision over Panda Power.
Here’s a look at the individual games …
Firecrackers 15, Tsunami 9 — Rachel Bernauer led the offensive charge with three hits and teammates Katrina Toups, Ashley Demarco, Lauren Aquino, Alicia Kenyon and Caroline Korinke added two safeties each in the title game.
Firecracker winning pitcher Demarco retired the last nine batters she faced while turning in two slick fielding plays.
Emily Mentink, Toups and Korinke, along with catchers Brooke Martin and Aquino, all were solid on defense.
Tsunami 23, Firecrackers 12 — Emily Mentink, Tyler Shoemaker, Rachael Bernauer and Brooke Martin each collected a pair of hits, but the fireworks in this one all belonged to the Big Wave.
Firecrackers 14, Tsunami 8 — Lauren Aquino blasted three hits, scoring three times as Ashley Demarco held the Tsunami in check.
Rachael Bernauer and Brooke Martin collected two hits apiece and Lauren Limburg made a dazzling fielding play.
(The Tsunami did not submit recaps)
Killer Pandas 7, Red Hot Tamales 3 — Kat Eisele threw a complete-game four-hitter while striking out 21 batters in the championship outing.
Surina Beal, in the circle for the Tamales, fanned 12 Pandas while allowing only six hits.
It was Kylie Martinez’s rally-starting double in the fourth inning that would kick-start a three-run outburst.
Grace Hartsough doubled and walked twice for the winners, Jordan Zuniga, Eisele and Maya Zingaro added hits and Halle Gabriel and Zingaro combined on a nice fielding play to preserve the victory.
Sophie Purves, Beal and Shelby Harry were Tamale offensive leaders and Jessie Finkelor, Lizzy Jones, Grace Heringer, Amara Sedeno, Maya Beal and Jane Rauchway were solid on defense.
Killer Pandas 11, Toxic Waste 6 — Opposing pitchers Cate Scheuring and Kat Eisele exchanged first-inning homers before the Pandas settled in to the early Saturday game.
Scheuring’s solo shot was answered by Eisele’s three-run dinger. Scheuring’s HR was the only hit Eisele allowed.
Sarah Lagattuta (2-for-2, RBI), Jordan Zuniga, Maya Zingaro, Halle Gabriel, Amalia Moy-Flores and Kylee Martinez joined the Panda power parade. Defensively, Caroline Chilcott and Elaina Enriquiez were on their games.
Scheuring and Sarah Griffiths shared Waste circle chores and La’Siya Earnest, Abby Wilbur and Grace Scheuring turned in web gems.
Efforts by Anna Lovely, Megan Lovell, Olivia Rios, Rachael Boyd, Zoe Casias and Gaby Moreno also drew the coach’s praise.
Red Hot Tamales 7, Orange Crush 4 — Lizzy Jones spanked a double as Surina Beal added a key hit, whiffed eight and picked up the pitching decision.
Sophie Purves, Grace Heringer, Amara Sedeno, Shelby Harry, Jessie Finkelor, Jane Rauchway and Mia Mark were a defensive wall.
(The Crush did not submit a recap)
Toxic Waste 10, Blue Smurfs 9 — La’Siya Earnest collected three hits and scored two runs for the winners of this nip-and-tuck contest.
Grace Scheuring (2-for-2) also scored twice, supported by Cate Scheuring’s two safeties and run scored and Olivia Rios’ timely base knock.
Megan Lovell, Sarah Griffiths, Abby Wilbur, Rachel Boyd, Zoe Casias, Gabrieala Moreno and Anna Lovely played effective defense behind winning pitcher Cate Scheuring.
Alexandra Zurborg, Bella Hyder and Sophia Fucile each swiped home for the Smurfs, who got good hitting from Maya Nunes, Caroline Brennan, Elizabeth McConnell and Audrey Teresi. Emma Catacutan and Stevie Spencer pitched well as Katie Stachowicz, Jane Garvin and Nunes had slick fielding plays.
Orange Crush 12, Pink Crush 6 — Despite Ady Schwarz’s 2-for-2 effort (which included three stolen bases, two RBIs and two runs scored), the Orange version of the Crush prevailed.
Pink slugger Heather Breckner had a hit and three RBIs, while teammate Hazel Anderson swiped four bases and scored twice. Tara Reddy singled with an RBI and Julia Limburg and Lili Brush each swiped a base and scored.
Schwarz and Bella Contreras (three Ks) shared circle duty and Breckner was a web gem factory at first.
(The Orange Crush did not submit a recap)
Green Emeralds 5, Panda Power 0 — It was a pitchers’ duel throughout, but Veronica Roe’s big day at the plate — two singles, a double and two runs batted in — proved to be the difference in the title match.
Makena Fix (four strikeouts) was strong in the circle for the winners and Lindsay Taylor fanned five in her three innings of Panda Power pitching. Anna Harrison threw a strong final inning.
Gems Kayla Chin and Dakota Banuelos added two hits, Fix had an RBI single and Gracia Howard got a one-bagger.
Pandas Taylor, Emma Brayton and Harrison all went 2-for-3 with one of Taylor’s hits stretching into a double. Rachel Davis added a single.
Smurfettes 7, Pink Panthers 6 — Madison Martin was sparkling at first base and hit a walk-off double for the little Smurfs.
Mariah Ruiz pitched a complete game for the victory and she joined Kali Hoal in going 3-for-3 at the plate.
Alyssa Waterson and Sara Donnelly were 2-for-3 with Waterson contributing a double and an RBI and Donnelly scoring twice.
(The Panthers did not submit a recap)
Green Emeralds 11, Flaming Buffaloes 2 — Threes were wild for Esha Kajley.
The miniature slugger blasted three doubles, drove in three runs and scored three times as the Emeralds glinted in the sunlight of Playfields Park.
Erika Wenner added two doubles, a single and drove home two runs, while Elizabeth Barger had three singles and three RBIs. Veronica Roe added a single and double and Kayla Chin singled twice.
Makena Fix fanned five in two innings and Roe struck out the side in the fourth. Barger made a terrific fielding play.
Natalie Thoe doubled, singled and drove in a Buffalo run, while Paige Jenness singled twice and drove in another Bison tally. Sophia Palomares added a double.
Panda Power 4, Smurfettes 1 – Lindsay Taylor was the winning pitcher with another complete game.
Smurfette Alyssa Waterson pitched two scoreless innings and Mariah Ruiz’s double drove in Kali Hoal.
Green Emeralds 9, Red Fireballs 4 — Kayla Chin singled three times, driving in a run, to lead a 14-hit GE attack.
Veronica Roe had a two-run double and Dakota Banuelos had a two-run single, complementing Savana Sull’s double and Gracia Howard’s single for the winners.
Fireball Alana Turner mashed a two-run double and Chloe Adams drove in a run, with one of two singles. Analissa Matamoros, Tessa Mild and Kalista Toups each contributed base hits.
In regular DYSA play on Saturday, the Davis Queens — in a rematch of an earlier 14U game lost by the locals — topped visiting Woodland, 13-11.
Ella Rose set the tone in left field. On the game’s first play, she made a terrific catch on a fly ball off the bat of Woodland captain Jaycee Carbajal.
In the bottom of the inning, Hannah Herrgesell and Sam Griffiths each swiped bases and scored on a single by Jessica Christopulos. The hit was the highlight of a six-run outburst.
The Queens opened an 11-1 lead by using important hits from Caitlyn Miller, Sophie Mae Bertain, Abby Sutcliffe, Maya Lawton, Kaylee Velasquez and Juliet Heller.
Rebecca Engelhard was strong in the circle, pitching four solid innings before Miller came on to record a save.
The Queens lead was preserved when Bertain snagged a liner while playing first. The web gem stranded Woodland runners at second and third.
Davis finished 2013 at 6-7, winning four of its final five and three straight.
Notes: DYSA passed along a giant “thank you” to the league’s sponsors: “Thanks (to all) of our amazing sponsors who helped make the 2013 season such a success,” DYSA officials said in a written statement. “Our sponsors help to provide each players with a uniform, coaches’ shirts and hats (and fund other important elements). Please support our sponsors by shopping at their stores or using their services.” The list: Davis Police Officers Association, Elsan Associates, Bankers Lending Group, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, Nugget Markets, Westlake Market, Eisele Construction, Pink Berry, Oracle, Bella Taza, UC Davis softball, Harrison Self-Storage, A Grand Affair, Osbourne Accountancy, Select Communications, Prime Lending, Tandem Properties, Animal Wellness Center, Sugar Daddies and Brooks Painting.