The Ceres Sizzle Fastpitch Softball program had five teams compete at the NSA Northern California State Championship Tournament this past weekend.
The Sizzle 10-and-under team fared the best.
Top-seeded Ceres compiled a 5-1 record on its way to a runner-up finish.
“It was a big tournament,” head coach Nikole Ferrel said. “We’re the only Sizzle team to make it to the championship. The girls did a really good job. They played as a team. Everybody contributed.”
Ceres lost 7-2 to the Manteca Gamechangers in the title game of the B-bracket on Sunday at Northgate Park in Manteca.
“We made too many errors in one inning,” Ferrel said. “That really hurt us.”
Ceres defeated the Tahoe Tallac Valkyries 9-1 in the semifinals on Sunday.
Ceres shut out the Newman Easton Bullets 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
The Sizzle won by shutout three times during seeding play on Saturday.
Amaia Ferrel, Peyton Shook and Makaela Brown starred in the circle as Ceres notched wins victories over the Bullets (6-0), Chowchilla Lightning (10-0) and Modesto Arsenal (15-0) on Saturday at Rainbow Fields.
“We had good pitching,” Ferrel said. “We also scored a lot of runs.”
Ceres has placed first once and second three times this season.
“The girls play hard every single game,” Ferrel said.
The Sizzle will play in the NSA Western World Series later this month.
Opening ceremonies will be staged at John Thurman Field.
“Our expectation is to be one of the top teams leaving the tournament,” Ferrel said.
The Ceres Sizzle 16s advanced to the quarterfinals.
Ceres compiled a 2-3 record en route to a top-eight finish at Pedretti Park in Turlock.
The Sizzle won one of two games in bracket play on Sunday.
Ceres lost 8-1 to Bases Academy.
Ceres posted an 8-6 victory over the Fresno Silders.
The Sizzle earned the No. 8 seed for the tourney after beating one of their three opponents on Saturday.
Ceres topped the Wildfires (13-0) prior to losing to Bases Academy (6-3) and Valley Venom (6-4).
Ceres earned a top-eight finish in the B-bracket.
The Sizzle posted a 2-3 record at Bartholomew Sports Complex in Elk Grove.
Ceres lost 8-1 to Rogue in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
The Sizzle topped the Diamond Krusherz 10-3 on Sunday.
Ceres was awarded the 11th seed for the tournament following a 1-2 showing on Saturday.
The Sizzle beat the Turlock Fury (9-4).
Ceres lost to Bases Academy (10-9) and Cen Cal Fury (9-2).
The Sizzle 8s competed in the 10-and-under B bracket.
Eleventh-seeded Ceres amassed an 0-4 record at Rainbow Fields.
The Sizzle lost 11-2 to Tri-County Smash in bracket play on Sunday.
Ceres was beaten by Arsenal (12-7), Valley Venom (12-1) and Easton Bullets (7-5) on Saturday.