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Softball: Athletics-Mercado Moves Closer To PGF 16U National Title (8/2/18)

Shannyn Bustamante (left) and Katelyn Dunckel of Athletics-Mercado. Photo/Mike Martinez.

By MICHAEL J. MARTINEZ

Athletics-Mercado scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and earn a 3-1 win over Texas Bombers-Jones.

Katelyn Dunckel provided the go-ahead RBI, chopping a single past third to drive in Alexx Waitman, who had led the frame with a single.

“I was just thinking base hit, base hit with a new pitcher in,” Dunckel said. “I was just ready to swing at anything close.”

A bases-loaded walk drawn by pinch-hitter Keely Glenn upped the Athletics’ lead to 3-1, plenty of lead enough for LMU-commit Shannyn Bustamante to hold in the seventh.

Bustamante allowed a run on five hits for the game, striking out six.

“We tried to pitch low and a lot of offspeed,” Bustamante said of her attack against the Bombers. “We had played them before and just wanted to show them something different.”

Ole Miss-commit Aynslie Furbush’s home run in the fourth opened the scoring, 1-0, Athletics-Mercado.

The Bombers finally tallied on Bustamante in the top of the sixth as Aaliyah Ortiz connected on her third hit of the game to knock in Camille Corona with two out.

The Athletics now face Impact Gold-DFW/Middlebrook on Friday at 10:15 a.m. The winner will be just one win from the PGF Nationals Final.

Georgia Firecrackers-Sewell 7, Universal-Garcia 1 (6): Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to start early. Winners of a couple of recent nail-biters, the Georgia Firecrackers started fast and finished strong in a win over Universal Fastpitch-Garcia. Florida-commit Cali Decker launched a two-run homer in the first inning to give Georgia the early lead.

“I just went back to the basics,” Decker said of her first-inning homer. “I’ve been struggling a little bit at the the plate, but I just planted my foot and threw my hands at it.”

A four-spot in the third made the lead comfortable for Georgia-commit Britton Rogers and one more run in the sixth ended the night early.

Rogers pitched all six innings, allowing just two hits. She walked three, but settled in to strike out six.

“This game, early I struggled throwing strikes,” Rogers said, “but I settled down and found the strike zone well. My team had my back, scoring early for us, so I didn’t feel any pressure.”

The first eight batters in the lineup for the Firecrackers all had one hit. They also had five extra-base hits among nine total hits. Leslie Cochran also hit a home run for Georgia.

The Firecrackers now face Birmingham Thunderbolts-Dorsett at 10:15 a.m. on Friday.

Impact Gold DFW-Middlebrook 8, Texas Blaze-Bonola 0 (5): An attack of eight runs on 13 hits in just five innings was more than enough for Impact Gold-DFW/Middlebrook in a win over Texas Blaze.

Sage Harlow had a home run and a double among four hits and drove in four.

That was plenty of support for Maddy Wright, who pitched all five innings, allowing just three hits.

Birmingham Bolts-Dorsett 9, Premier Fastpitch-Paulson 1 (6): Liberty-commit Caroline Hudson had two of her team’s four home runs and five of the RBI in a six-inning decision for the Bolts over Premier Fastpitch. Shelby Lowe pitched all six innings for the Bolts, surrendering just an unearned run.


In other Winner’s Bracket games:


Britton Rogers (left) and Cali Decker of Georgia Firecrackers. Photo/Mike Martinez.

Texas Bombers-Jones 2, Aces-Ashley 1: With two out, the game tied and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, McNeese State-commit Aaliyah Ortiz walked on a 3-1 pitch to score Lourdes Bacon as the Bombers edged the Aces.

Athletics-Mercado 2, Impact Gold-Jazz 0: Oklahoma-commit Alexx Waitman hit a double and a homer, going 3 for3 and scoring the only two runs of the game in a win for Athletics-Mercado over Impact Gold. Ole Miss-commit Landyn Bruce and Bustamante combined for the shutout, allowing just five hits total and Bruce pitching the first 5.1 innings.

Impact Gold DFW-Middlebrook 8, Lady Lightning Gold-Harrison/Taylor 2: A pair of fours on a big first-inning rally and another in the fifth inning led Impact Gold to a win over Lady Lightning Gold in six innings. Carson Armijo and Jacee Hamlin each knocked in three runs, contributing a triple and double, respectively.

Texas Blaze-Bonola 3, Beverly Bandits-Carver 2: Caroline Cagle drove home two runs and pitched a complete game five-hitter, leading the Blaze to a win over the Bandits. Cagle struck out five batters in the win.

Birmingham Bolts-Dorsett 6, EC Bullets-Caldwell 0 (6): Four runs in the fifth inning carried the Bolts to a six-inning win over the Bullets. Shelby Lowe pitched five scoreless and shutout innings for the Bolts, striking out six.

Premier Fastpitch-Paulson 1, Prospex Gold-Adams 0: Madi Eberle pitched a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts before giving herself the win with a one-out RBI single, driving in Kynzie Wrigley in the seventh inning as Premier Fastpitch edged Prospex Gold.

Universal Fastpitch-Garcia 3, Demarini Aces 1: The battery of Raegan Breedlove and Alexis Bishop again shined for Universala win over Demarini Aces. Breedlove struck out seven and pitched a complete game on seven hits. Bishop tallied two hits, including a homer while driving in all of her team’s runs.

Georgia Firecrackers-Sewell 10, Birmingahm Bolts-Roberson 3 (9): The Georgia Firecrackers again trailed down to their last at-bat before tying in the seventh inning and blowing open a 10-3 win over the Bolts in nine innings. Mia Cantu’s RBI tied the game at 1-1 with one out in the seventh inning. After the teams traded runs in the eighth inning, the Firecrackers batted around in the ninth on only three hits, using a couple of squeeze plays as well in ringing up an 8-spot.


PGF NATIONALS SCOREBOARD


THURSDAY, AUG. 1, RESULTS


16U PREMIER


WINNER’S BRACKET A


Texas Bombers-Jones 2, Aces-Ashley 1

Athletics-Mercado 2, Impact Gold-Jazz 0

Impact Gold DFW-Middlebrook 8, Lady Lightning Gold-Harrison/Taylor 2

Texas Blaze-Bonola 3, Beverly Bandits-Carver 1

Athletics-Mercado 3, Texas Bombers-Jones 1

Impact Gold DFW-Middlebrook 8, Texas Blaze-Bonola 0


WINNER’S BRACKET B


Birmingham Bolts-Dorsett 6, EC Bullets-Caldwell 0

Premier Fastpitch 1, Prospex Gold 0

Universal-Garcia 3, Demarini Aces 1

Georgia Firecrackers-Sewell 10, Birmingahm Bolts-Roberson 2 (9)

Birmingham Bolts Dorsett 9, Premier Fastpitch-Paulson 1

Georgia Firecrackers 7, Universal Garcia 1 (6)


LOSER’S BRACKET A


THIRD ROUND


California Angels-Slye 3, Firecrackers-Brashear 2

Fury Platinum 5, Suncats 0

Lady Magic 7, Lakewood Firecrackers-Hagberg 6

Beverly Bandits-Tyrell 8, Sparks Premier 0


FOURTH ROUND


The Factory 7, OC Batbusters 5

Easton Preps 4, Texas Dirt Divas 3

Fury Platinum 7, Corona Angels-Slye 5

Beverly Bandits Tyrell 4, Lady Magic 2


FIFTH ROUND


Aces Ashley 3, The Factory 2

Easton Preps 9, Impact Gold 8

Lady Lightning Gold 6, Fury Platinum 2

Beverly Bandits Tyrell 5, Bandits Carver 0


SIXTH ROUND


Easton Preps 1, Aces Ashley 0

Beverly Bandits-Tyrell 2, Lady Lightning Gold 1


LOSER’S BRACKET B


THIRD ROUND


SoCal Choppers 3, Cal Breeze 0

Firecrackers TJ 2, So Cal A’s-Briggs 0

Alabama Sparks Elite-Stewart 4, Washington Ladyhawks 3

Hotshots- 4, Iowa Premier 3

Gainesville Gold 3, LTG Lions 0

Beverly Bandits-Moran 8, Cal Nuggets 7

So Cal A’s-McNee 6, West Bay Warriors 0

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 4, Explosion-Flores 2


FOURTH ROUND


SoCal Choppers 7, Firecrackers-TJ 5

Hotshots-Dumezich 2, Alabama Sparks Elite-Stewart 1

Beverly Bandits-Moran 8, Gainesville Gold 6

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 8, SoCal A’s-McNee 5


FIFTH ROUND


SoCal Choppers 5, EC Bullets 1

Hotshots-Dumezich 3, Prospex Gold 2

Demarini Aces 7, Beverly Bandits-Moran 5

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 10, Birmingham Bolts-Roberson 2


SIXTH ROUND


Hotshots-Dumezich 6, SoCal Choppers 3

Demarini Aces 5, Tampa Mustangs-TJ 2

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