The Mad River MIST 18U softball team won all three games to open play at the Top Gun Tournament in Redding on Saturday, earning the top seed for Sunday’s knockout stages.
The 18U girls are one of three MIST teams in action at various tournaments this weekend, along with the 16U and 12U squads.
The MIST 18U defeated the Chico A’s 18-8, the Shasta Synergy 2-0 and the Oroville Storm 14-0.
Juliana Ortega-Miranda led the way at the plate, blasting two home runs, including a grand slam in the opener.
Against Chico, Ortega-Miranda had two hits and five total RBIs, while Sadie Hampton had two hits. Makayla Bernald added a double and three RBIs and Jordan Hayden a double.
Alyssa Jimenez got the win in the pitchers’ circle.
In game two, Bernald pitched four innings for the win, striking out two in a close matchup.
Ortega-Miranda added her second home run of the day for one of her team’s two runs, with Mckenna Beach driving in the other on a sacrifice fly.
Ortega-Miranda and Hampton each had two hits.
Ortega-Miranda had her third multiple hit game of the day against the Storm.
Jimenez and Lexi White each also had multiple hits in the win, while Bernald pitched a five-inning no-hitter, walking just one and striking out seven.
The Mad River 16U girls won two of three games at a tournament in Fremont on Saturday, earning the No. 2 seed for Sunday’s knockout stages.
The MIST defeated the Santa Cruz Spin 6-2, and the Sunnyvale Bombers 18U 7-2, while falling 7-3 to the San Francisco Angels.
Makaila Minton pitched both wins for the MIST, while helping her own cause with a pair of hits in each win.
Bella Volz-Broughton also had a big day at the plate, finishing with five hits combined in the two wins, while Ashley Ballew had a home run, a triple and three RBIs in the loss to the Angels.
Against Santa Cruz, Liv Sanchez, Renee Metz, Madison Farley and Kennedy Minton each had two hits.
Sanchez also had two hits against Sunnyvale, as did Bekah Towles.
The Mad River MIST 12U team won its opening game at a tournament in Pleasanton, defeating the Nitro out of San Leandro 4-2.
Makenna Curtis got the win in the pitchers’ circle, causing the San Leandro girls problems with her speed throughout.
Curtis also had a big game at the plate on what was a big day for the offense, with the MIST getting runners in scoring position in almost every inning and opening up a 4-1 lead before giving up a late run.
Curtis singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the first inning, scoring Jaden Brown who had reached base on an error.
In the second inning, Bailee Box singled to reach base before stealing second and advancing to third on a Lexi Alto fielder’s choice.
Box scored moments later on a Savannah Johnson single.
Curtis capped a monster day with a two-run home run in the third, also scoring Alexis Heuberger.
The 12U girls dropped two games later on Saturday, including a late 10-8 loss to USA Elite.
The MIST girls did not go down easily, however, twice responding to a big deficit with a rally, before falling just short.
Kaitlin Giacone and Curtis each finished with two hits in the loss, including a triple by Giacone.
Brown, Heuberger, Johnson, Isabel Sanchez and Alexa Alto each also had a base hit.