Riptide, a fast-pitch softball squad for players 14 years old and younger, is off to a red-hot start this summer. The team features two Coast Union High School players (Maddie May and Ashley Martinez), three from Santa Lucia Middle School (Maddie Adams, Tara Covell and Jasmine Kelleher), Lexi Beamon from Cayucos and players from Los Osos Middle School.
Coached by Coast Unified School District Superintendent Chris Adams, with assistants Robert Davis and Ricardo Noriega, the Riptide has won 7 of 8 games thus far this season, including a sweep of the Nipomo Tournament last weekend.
On Saturday, June 1, the Riptide shut out Nipomo 6-0 behind the one-hit pitching of Covell and the hitting of Martinez (two hits and an RBI) and Maddie Adams (one hit and an RBI).
Later Saturday, the Riptide tangled with the Fresno Rage and came out on top, 7-5, thanks to three hits and an RBI by Adams, a hit and an RBI by Martinez, and a hit and two RBIs by May.
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The first game on Sunday, June 2, with the SLO Fusion was a blow-out for Riptide. Covell pitched effectively, striking out four Fusion batters and giving up one run in five innings. Adams nearly hit for the cycle for the Riptide, belting a double in the first, a single in the fourth and a triple in the fifth. Martinez chipped in with two hits and three runs driven in while May added a pair of hits and an RBI.
The second game Sunday was another dominant performance by the Riptide; they humbled the Fresno Rage 16-2. The third Maddie on the team — Maddie Davis — got the win while Adams, Martinez and Kelleher drove in runs for the Riptide.
“Our goal,” said coach Chris Adams, “is to win the California Junior Olympics.” At this rate the team appears to be progressing in the right direction.