South Valley Stealth
Coaches and players of the South Valley Stealth 16-and-under girls’ softball team celebrate after winning the 18-and-under Top Gun Softball Tournament in Livermore on June 23. (Contributed)

SOLEDAD — The South Valley Stealth 16-and-under girls’ softball team placed first at the 18-and-under Top Gun Softball Tournament last weekend at Livermore.

The Stealth started off the tournament with a 1-2 record last Saturday but rallied to claim the Silver Division Championship with three straight wins on Sunday.

On June 22, the Stealth beat Synergy in their first game by a 7-0 score, and then lost consecutive games, falling to SF Waves by a 4-0 score and to SC SWAT, 5-4.

On June 23, the Stealth began the day with a 10-4 victory over Fire and Ice, followed by a 9-0 win over the San Francisco Angels. In their final game of the tournament, the Stealth edged the Mibrae Mischief 7-6 to win the Silver Division.

“In the tournament, we played against some players that were already playing junior college softball and we did really well against them,” said Stealth head coach Joel Ramirez. “The South Valley Stealth is a developmental league, and our staff is pleased to see how much better the players are getting.”

Kassandra Hernandez pitched really well in the games and Addyson Rodriguez had an exceptional tournament at shortstop, noted Ramirez. Rodriguez helped in the last two games on defense and came up with two double plays.

“Riri Franco was brought up from the 14-under team and played well in four different positions, showing that she is very versatile,” Ramirez said. “Arlette Mosqueda came up big with two clutch singles and hit the ball hard for the tournament.”

Also playing for the Stealth at Livermore were: Krystal Nunez, Jacqueline Hernandez, Cayden Lopez, Kyrah Peralta, Alexia Duran, Ashley Zavala, Jaylynn Garcia and Aubrey Esparza.

In addition to Ramirez, coaches for the Stealth were Alynna Quezada, Casey Lopez and Coach Wade.

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