Napa Valley Express Softball
Express 12U brings home softball tourney title
Updated date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:13 AM

Express 12U team brings home softball tourney title

Playing in the Summer NIT tournament on May 31 and June 1 at Foskett Field in Lincoln, the Napa Valley Express 12-and-under softball team braved 90-degree weather and finished with a 5-1 record and the championship.

The team relied on strong pitching to get through the tournament.

On Saturday, the girls cruised to a 12-2 opening-game win against Team Velocity of Sacramento. Faith Bartlett took the ball and led the team to victory in the pitching circle, allowing only three hits.

Next up for Express were the tough Manteca Waves, who defeated Napa 7-4. After a break, the Express took the field and handed Starfire a 7-3 loss. Express jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff home run by Lindsey Lehman and never looked back. With the win, the girls were seeded No. 1 going in to Sunday’s elimination bracket.

Napa came out on fire in its first game, winning 11-0 in a three-inning game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. Sara Heinke led the charge with two doubles and a stolen base.

In a rematch against Starfire, Kimmie Walston threw a complete game for an 8-5 win. With the game tied 5-5 after four innings, Express staged a rally to win it in the bottom of the inning when Ellie Goetze drew a leadoff walk, Lehman singled, and both scored on a rocket to left by Hill. Leading the defense was third baseman Mila Valentine, who shut down Starfire’s bunting game completely.

After a break, the girls took the field for the championship against the stubborn Starfire team and beat them 8-0. Express came out of the gates fast, with Lehman, Nikki Hill and Haylee Giarritta all singling and scoring on Kaleena Jezycki’s clutch single. That would be all Express would need to win, but it tacked on runs in the second, third and the fourth, when Jezycki finished off the scoring with a home run. The championship game was errorless for Express and featured several plays, including a running catch in to the gap by Kaitlyn Dunevent and a nifty double play by the middle infield.

Express was led on offense by Lehman (10 for 15, .666 batting average), Giarritta (8 for 13, .615), Dunevent (8 for 13, .615), Heinke (8 for 13, .615), Walston (7 for 14, .500) and Alana Valentine (3 for 6, .500).

The Napa Valley Express thanks the Napa Sheriff’s Activities League for its support.

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Riding the strong pitching of Kimmie Walston the Napa Valley Express won all four games this past weekend in Sacramento. Having only 9 players at the tournament due to vacations meant no rest for any of the girls and they responded by outscoring their opponents 31-11.
Game one saw them face off against the Nor-Cal Starz and the Express came out of the gates strong. They scored all the runs they would need in the 1st inning when Haylee Giarritta hit a 2 run double scoring Nikki Hill and Drew Somogyi.  Walston picked up the win going 5 innings and striking out 7 while only walking 1.
The Express took the field next against the Lady Demons from Davis and were able to scratch out a 5-2 victory against them. Leading the way to victory was Lindsey Lehman who scored 2 runs and did a great job behind the plate.
Sunday saw the Girls faced up against the Starz again with Express run ruling them in the 4rd inning. Once again Walston got the win for Express.  Mila Valentine had the final hit of the day a 2 run double that pushed the final score to 11-1.
The Championship Game had the Express up against the Lady Demons. The team from Davis came out strong and scored 4 runs in the 1st leaving the Express girls in comeback mode from the start. The girls responded in the bottom half of the inning with the first 4 batters getting hits. The big hit in the inning was a 2 out single from Kaleena Jezycki that plated 2 runs.  The Lady Demons scored again in the 3rd and the 5th but that was not enough to catch Express who plated 3 more runs in the 3nd with Ellie Goetze booming a triple to score Alana Valentine. Leading Napa to the 11-6 Victory was once again Walston.
Leading the Express this weekend at the plate were Kaleena Jezycki (5-7 , .714 AVG), Kimmie Walston ( 6-9, ..666 AVG), Mila Valentine (7-11, .636 AVG) and Haylee Giarritta (712, . 583 AVG)
Napa Valley Express Softball would like to thank Sheriff John Robertson, Deputy John Accardo and the Napa Sheriffs Activities League for their support. 

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