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Blaze 12U Girls Place Second at Nationals

The Alameda softball team made an outstanding showing at the ASA Softball National Championships last week.

After a week of tough competition with the best of the best at the ASA Softball National Championships (for Girls' B 12U Fast Pitch Western) last week in Salem, Oregon, the Alameda Blaze 12U girls softball team shocked the softball world by taking second place in the field of 49 teams who had qualified for Nationals.

Among the many highlights of the week for the Blaze were a Friday night defeat of a powerful Oregon team with raucous local fan support; a key, dramatic, come-from-behind win against an excellent Santa Monica team; beating and eliminating WAGS, the defending national champs; prevailing against El Rio, another southern California powerhouse team that many expected to win Nationals this year; battling through and winning three back to back to back nail-biting elimination games on Sunday to reach the national championship game against Simi Valley, the only undefeated team in tournament; and fighting Simi Valley for the championship all the way into extra innings, in what was the Blaze's fourth consecutive game without a break in a marathon Sunday that began with a first game at 8 a.m. and concluded a little before 5 p.m. 

No team played with more heart, moxie and resilience at Nationals than the Alameda Blaze. The team and the entire Blaze family of coaches, parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts, sponsors, volunteers, the AGSA league, the City of Alameda and many other supporters in Alameda can all be proud that Blaze concluded the summer season as the #2 team at Nationals.

But much more important than the final outcome of any particular game or any national ranking is the outstanding way the tough, smart Blaze girls played the game and represented themselves and Alameda. Like the many great stories we have seen at the Olympics, the success of the Blaze this summer is an inspirational reminder of the lessons sports can teach and the character that sports can build for girls and boys, women and men.

The 2012 12U Alameda Blaze are Alexis Esparza, Beatrice Levy, Cassie Lumpkin, Sarah Mahler, Savannah Mesterhazy, Mira Piamonte, Bella Sheel, Ruby Siltanen, Jemma Thorpe, Bella Vick, Christine Warren, Lily Wilmot and Mikayla Wong.

Congratulations on a great, historic season, Blaze! 

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margaret dos santos August 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Proud of you girls..way to battle and represent...this is yours forever.
Gwen Meyer August 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The girls would like to thank & acknowledge the Blaze sponsors for this season. We could not have done it without you! Thank you for supporting our girls! Alameda Athletic Club, Alameda Girls Softball Association, Alameda Little League, Andrew C. Rowe, DDS, Arellano Management Services LLC, Barbara Meyer Farms, Baron’s Meat & Poultry, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Bayne Family, Bayside Specialty Construction, Black Diamond Mechanical, Burge Pest Control, China House, Dan & Mary McEachern, Danish Interiors, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, Ethan’s Plumbing, European Wax Center, GHD, Great Kids Educational Therapy, Gyula Mesterhazy LLC, Leona Ridge Vineyards, Lifesavers CPR & FA Training, Linda C. Avery, Ph.D., Maureen Shandobil, Harbor Bay Realty, McDonald’s Central, Miller Fastpitch, NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, OPCLJ, Pacific Brass Quintet, Pagano’s Hardware, Pagano’s Town Centre, Palacios Brothers Construction, Perioscopy Incorporated, Prado Family, Richard H. Tabor, D.D.S., Rockridge Optometry, Rodgers Trucking Co., Snarfy Books, The Piamonte Family, Vodafone Americas Foundation, White Cap, Williams Family
vicki meade August 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Great Summer! Congrats! Happy for you ALL!!
Patricia Chambers August 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
AGSA is very proud of the girls and coaches. I wish we could have been there to watch the magic unfold. Congratulations on a well-earned victory!
MM August 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Way to go Blaze!! You are amazing young women and we are proud of you!
Mesceille Ogata August 15, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Congratulations, Blaze 12U! You've made our town proud!!!

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