The Riptide fast pitch 14-and-under girls softball team — featuring five players from Cambria — lost two of three games in a Clovis tournament this past weekend, June 22 and 23, but Riptide is still in the hunt for a state championship.
On Saturday, Riptide overwhelmed the Sanger Stars, 16-4 after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first. Riptide tallied two in the bottom of the first (helped by a Maddie Adams home run) and scored eight in the second thanks in part to an RBI triple by Adams and a two-run triple by Maddie May (who drove in four in the game, including a home run).
Things got tougher for Riptide on Sunday morning as they were nipped by the Paso Bearcats, 8-6. Ashley Martinez and May tripled in that game and Adams homered, but it wasn’t enough to top the Bearcats.
On Sunday afternoon, Riptide out-hit Lemoore, seven to five, but the final score was 8-7 in favor of Lemoore. May belted a solo homer and Adams added an RBI double in that effort.
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Those two losses notwithstanding, Coach Chris Adams explained that the team has qualified for the California State Games in San Diego July 12 to 14. “We need to raise $3,000 for the team to get down there,” according to Adams.
Riptide is working concessions at softball tournaments at Lila Kaiser Park in Morro Bay and is getting pledges for a “hit-a-thon,” according to Adams. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring Riptide should contact Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org.