The Ceres Sizzle 10-and-under competitive softball team breezed to a first-place finish at the NSA Scholarship Tournament this past month in Elk Grove.
The top-seeded Sizzle compiled a perfect 5-0 record at the four-team event.
Ceres bounced back after dropping two of four games in Fresno.
“The girls didn’t play their best in the Fresno Tournament,” coach Nicole Ferrel said. “They made a big adjustment. They were more aggressive with their bats. Their communication was better. They encouraged each other. I’m very happy with how they did.”
The Sizzle outscored their opponents, 51-8, at the Elk Grove event.
Amaia Ferrel had a three-run homer.
Makaela Brown and Nevaeh Scheper both crushed two-run homers.
The Sizzle shut out second-seeded Tahoe Tallac Valkyries 10-0 in the championship game on Sept. 30.
Ferrel starred at pitcher.
Peyton Shook was dominant inside the circle while leading Ceres past fourth-seeded Sacramento Hitterz, 13-1, in the semifinals on Sept. 30.
The Sizzle topped third-seeded Drop Zone-Hulsey (Sacramento) 10-2, Hitterz 11-3 and Tallac Valkyries 7-2 in seed play on Sept. 29.
Shook, Brown and Ferrel pitched against Drop Zone, Hitterz and Tahoe, respectively.
“We got a lot of compliments about our girls. We really dominated.”Coach Nicole Ferrel
“We got a lot of compliments about our girls,” coach Ferrel said. “We really dominated.”
Ceres’ fall season roster features 11 players: Ferrel, Shook, Brown, Scheper, Jolissa Guillory, Ajiah Wright, Kayla Contreras, Maddie Schultz, Addy Poulson, Bella Bravo and Gaby Ortiz.
The Sizzle have three assistant coaches: Valaree Gonzalez, Alexis Flores and Jeff Wright.
Nicole’s mom, Dima, is the team’s manager.
“This group of girls has so much fun together,” coach Ferrel said. “They enjoy being around each other.”
Ceres amassed a 25-8 overall record during the 2018 summer campaign.