Winning tournaments is becoming a habit for the Riptide fast-pitch softball team. The 14-and-under team (with five players from Cambria) played five games (each game is five innings) in the Morro Bay tournament last weekend and lost only one — by a single run — as they were nipped 6-5 by the Five Cities team.
By winning at Morro Bay, Riptide has now won three of the four tournaments it has entered. Head coach Chris Adams said his 14-and-under team is “peaking at the right time” because this weekend Riptide travels to Clovis with hopes of winning the “C” Association Championship.
If the team succeeds in the Clovis tourney, they then qualify for the State Tournament of Champions in San Diego, also called the “Junior Olympics,” which would get them closer to their goal of winning it all at the state level.
On Saturday, June 15, Riptide shaded Atascadero 9-8 and were edged by Five Cities. On Sunday, June 16, Riptide dominated Vandenberg, 11-4, thanks in part to four hits and two RBIs by Maddie Adams and a pair of hits by Maddie May.
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Also on Sunday, Riptide hammered the Selma Shock 11-1. Maddie May, Maddie Adams, and Ashley Martinez each knocked in a pair of runs in that game. Tara Covell pitched five innings, giving up a single run and striking out four batters.
The third Sunday game was another blow-out for Riptide: Maddie May collected three hits and knocked in two runs and Maddie Adams drove in four runs to bury the SLO Fusion, 15-6.
“This is an awesome group of kids who just keep working hard and getting better,” Chris Adams explained. His team has now won 13 of the 15 games they have played this summer.