This past weekend the Salinas Sports Complex hosted the "USA Summer Spectacular Pre-Qualifier". The 14U Division was composed of 16 very competitive teams including Salinas Storm 14U-Plascencia and Storm 14U-Armento. Both Teams played exceptionally well on Saturday finding themselves undefeated at the end of the day.
Sundays games began with Plascencia and Armento on opposite ends of the bracket play. Excitement began to build as both teams defeated competitor after competitor advancing to the semifinals. When both 14U-Armento and 14U-Plascencia both won their semi final games everyone could feel the excitement of the Storm showdown in the Championship game and what a battle it was.
Inning after inning the teams battled back and forth switching leads multiple times. At the bottom of the 7th inning the teams were tied 4-4 forcing an international tiebreaker situations. The visiting team 14U- Plascencia was up to bat first and they took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 runs, giving them the lead 6-4.
With home team advantage 14U Armento’s team had the opportunity to step up to the plate and take the game. They were able to answer back and score one run score of 5-6. With the tie runner on 3B one out, 14U-Armento was determined to score their runner and tie the game. Armento’s hitters battled in the box, however they were unsuccessful at driving in the run. 14U-Plascencia won the battle, they had a great weekend of competitive ball and earned the title of Champions for of the USA "Summer Spectacular".
Congratulations to 14U-Armento on a fantastic weekend of softball as well. Storm is very proud of both teams and is looking forward to the unfolding of the rest of the summer. Thank you player and coaches for all your effort, dedication, and hard work!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to 14U Plascencia, crowned CHAMPIONS of the USA “Summer Spectacular”!!!!!!!!!!