2016 Liberty Gold Travel week 3
Nipomo All Stars Tournament!!
5th Annual Summer Sizzle at El Capitan!!
This weekend the Liberty Gold Travel teams played a few hours apart, with the 8U and 12U girls keeping it cool at the Nipomo All Stars Tourney while the 10U heated up the 5th Annual Summer Sizzle at El Capitan Middle School.
The 2016 Liberty Gold 8U and 10U travel teams again found great success in consecutive week! The young ladies on 12U faced new and very tough opponents but played strong.
Let's recap another long but great weekend.
Click here to see photo album of Nipomo All Stars & Summer Sizzle tournaments!
Liberty Gold 8U:
The present and future of Liberty Gold softball has been a tremendous roll the entire season. Team Mom Kendra had this to say about their excellent Sunday:
What a weekend! After another 1 win (2-0 vs. Hounds) 1 loss (4-10 vs. Goleta 8U Silver) Saturday, the 8Us needed to win their first game on Sunday! With Abby A. on the mound the girls got in the groove. They beat the host Nipomo All Stars 9-4. They then headed to the Championship game against the Goleta Stars. At the end of 3 innings the girls were up 6-3 but they continued to score in the 4th and win with a score of 11-3! Abby A. pitched the entire two games. Second tourney win in 2 weeks. Way to go Liberty Gold 8U!!
Congratulations to the Liberty Gold 8U girls and coaches on their 1st place finish!!
Liberty Gold 10U:
Just like last weekend the 10U girls dominated their bracket almost the entire weekend. Early Saturday morning 10U beat the heat and the Hanford Flames with a 15-0 win to start things off. The quick and early game proved very helpful as the second game versus Tulare Thrill Blue played out in near scorching heat. Coach Danny Cervantes and his coach staff tried their best to keep the girls cool aided by a 13-7 victory, setting up as the #1 seed on Sunday.
Many were surprised to discover being the top seed on Sunday still required playing three games to win it all. But the young ladies took it in stride and did their thing against the Sanger STARS with a final of 18-3. With a break until next game the girls got out of the heat for a bit and waited on the next opponent to be decided. That turned out to be Mariposa Softball and the 10s once again rose to the occasion, winning 11-1 in another stifling but exciting game.
Things had gone smooth as even the most nervous parents had expected good things versus the championship opponent, the Lemoore Diamond Bandits (also last weekend's championship opponent). As most of the weekend games and weather had gone, the girls started out HOT! Jumping to a huge lead it appeared another first place finish was in the making. But a long weekend and the burning sun began to take it's toll. Out of nowhere the Lemoore girls made a comeback to bring it within 1 run! But the toughness of the Ranchos showed as the 10U dug deep and made the pitches, stops, and hits needed to pull it out, 12-11!!
Congratulations to the Liberty Gold 10U girls and coaches on their 1st place finish!!
Liberty Gold 12U:
The 12U Gold started their Saturday against the Sanata Ynez Pirates in a 2-10 game. They followed it up with a great showing against the Goleta Storm, just missing the win in a 5-6 final. This setup an early game with the eventual champions, the Coast Riptide. The coastal winds did not blow in the Gold 12U's favor but they will be back in the central valley this weekend, determined and stronger for the second half of the travel season.
Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting Liberty Gold and the young ladies and great coaches who have worked hard to proudly represent the Ranchos. Everyone is looking forward to next weekend's trip to Clovis East High School as all three teams get ready for the Fresno Rage Memorial Classic. See you all there!