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Sizzle 16s take first at home tourney
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The Ceres Sizzle fastpitch girls softball program hosted a four-team tournament in 105-degree weather this past weekend at the George Costa Ball Field Complex.

The 16-and-under squad compiled a perfect 5-0 record.

"None of the girls complained about the heat," head coach John Haarsma said. "It was absolutely miserable."

Kayla Lane and Elise Ahart both starred a pitcher for the Sizzle.

"They did awesome," Haarsma said. "They got the biggest hearts and are tough as nails. They're just competitors."

Ceres edged Monterey Pride, 8-6, in the championship game on Sunday.

Alicia Yori had three hits.

"We played real good ball," said Haarsma, whose team topped the Los Banos Tigers, 7-1, in the semifinals earlier in the day.

The Sizzle collected wins against the Modesto Warriors (9-8), Tigers (8-1) and Pride (3-2) on Saturday.

Haarsma made sure all of his players stayed hydrated during the two-day tournament. Cold towels were also provided in the dugout.

"It was very tough," Haarsma said. "I had to pull one girl because she was getting overheated. She didn't want to come out."

Ceres has placed at four tournaments this summer. The Sizzle took first at home and in Manteca, and third in Galt and Turlock.