The Ceres Sizzle 10-and-under travel softball team knocked off the top seed twice on its way to claiming the title at the NSA Pacific Coast World Series, staged July 24-28, in Manteca.
“It was a great opportunity for our girls to represent Ceres,” head coach Nikole Ferrel said. “I don’t think they felt the pressure of playing on such a big stage. They wanted it more than any other tournament. For some of these girls, it’s the best moment they’ve had.”
Ceres posted a perfect 7-0 record in the B bracket.
Amaia Ferrel, Makaela Brown and Peyton Shook logged playing time at pitcher.
“All three girls did amazing,” coach Ferrel said.
The second-seeded Sizzle rallied for a 7-6 win over the top-seeded Gamechangers in the finals on Sunday.
“We knew the competition and stepped up,” Ferrel said. “They beat us 7-2 in the championship game of the NSA Northern California State Tournament two weeks ago.”
Down 6-4, Ceres tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory.
A.J. Wright’s bases-loaded, two-out bloop single scored Reylena Herrera.
“We did what we needed to do at the right time,” coach Ferrel said.
Ceres beat the Gamechangers twice (7-6, 7-6), and Valley Venom (1-0), Tri-County Smash (2-0), Chowchilla Lightning (10-1), 805 Elite (8-0) and Easton Bullets-Vasquez (9-1) once at the NSA Pacific Coast World Series.
“I’m super proud of girls,” Nikole Ferrel said. “All the credit goes to them. They made the plays and got the hits. They played with confidence and for each other. Everything went our favor this weekend.”
The Sizzle have placed first twice and second three times this season.
Ceres’ roster features 11 players: Brown, Shook, Wright, Herrera, Amaia Ferrel, Jolissa Guillory, Bella Bravo, Sami Alcaraz, KaLiyah Castillo, Olivia Costa and Gaby Ortiz.