Coverage of the three title games in the TCS Summer Kick Off softball tournament Sunday night at Roser Mofford Softball Complex.
AZ Hotshots Gold-Davis 6, AZ Killer Bees 1
AZ Hotshots Gold-Davis took home the 18U Open championship plaque with a victory over the AZ Killer Bees at Rose Mofford in Phoenix.
After going down 1-0 in the first, the Hotshots took the lead for good in the top of the second inning. Abby Beasley started the rally with a double. Following a single by Katie Appelbe, Beasley scored on an RBI single by Megan Johnson. Appelbe and Johnson then scored on consecutive RBI singles by Hannah Cook-Kelley and Stephanie Pesqueira to give the Hotshots a 3-1 lead.
They added three more runs in the top of the fifth. Pesqueira led off the inning with a double and later scored on an RBI knock by Taylor Rauscher. Rauscher scored on an RBI groundout by Jess Belsterling.
Hotshot leadoff batter Elise Samoy-Alvardo also scored in the inning thanks to her speed around the base paths. She reached on an error and eventually stole home.
The Bees scored their lone run in the first inning when Ashley Cruz scored on an RBI double by Courtney Sherwin.
AZ Hotshots-Sheppard 13, AZ Quicksilver 8
The AZ Hotshots-Sheppard used one big inning to defeat the AZ Quicksilver in the 18UA championship.
The Hotshots trailed 8-3 going into the third before putting up 10 runs in the bottom half of the frame thanks to several timely hits and a few Quicksilver errors. Hotshots Jessica Jantz, Paige Vallejos, Morgan Leonard and Katie Park ignited the offense for their team. Jantz started off the rally with a double and knocked in two runs with another double later in the inning. Vallejos, Leonard and Park all collected RBI singles in the inning.
Quicksilver got on the board first, putting up two runs in the top of the first. Breona Peralta and Savannah Panell walked to start the game. Both runners then scored on a two-RBI double to left-center by Kristen Gonzalez.
Quicksilver scored two more runs in the second and four in the third, highlighted by Brittany Messer’s two-RBI double.
AZ Killer Bees-Elvis 6, AZ Jaguars 5
The AZ Killer Bees-Elvis survived a late rally by the AZ Jaguars to secure a victory in the 16UA championship game.
After being held scoreless for the first five innings, the Jaguars exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Katie Renick, Natalie Both, Daytona Everett, Megan Ward and Jessee Gresly all crossed home plate before the Bees escaped with a one-run victory.
With the game on the line, the Bees turned to pitcher Andrea Wellens. With a runner on second and a one-run lead, Wellens struck out the final Jaguar hitter to end the game.
The Bees broke up a 0-0 tie in the third when Shea Palmer singled, scoring Nicole Upshaw.
Amy Tarnowski and Wellens keyed another rally in the top of the sixth. Tarnowski hit a 2-RBI single, and Wellens plated two with a double.