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Smash 16s take second at Grapettes tourney
The Tri-County Smash Softball Organization had two teams participate in the California Grapettes June Classic Tournament this past weekend.

Seeded fourth, the Smash 16s placed second with a 3-3-1 record at Stockton's Louis Park.

"I'm very proud of them," head coach Joel Broumas said. "Everyone stepped up."

Tri-County won three of four games on Sunday.

The Smash beat Strike Zone 9-8, Roseville Heat 6-1 and Tigers 6-2.

Tri-County lost 5-3 to the Grapettes-KO in the title game. The Smash jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

"That's one of the better teams in the Valley," Broumas said.

The Smash dropped two games and tied once on their way to finishing in last place in Pool C on Saturday.

"It was definitely a gut check for the girls," Broumas said. "They knew they were much better than that and showed it on Sunday. Everything clicked."

The Smash and CC Comets battled to a 1-1 tie.

Tri-County lost 2-0 to the Tornadoes and 5-0 to the Grapettes-DH.

The 16-and-under bracket featured 22 teams.

The Smash placed among the top six teams at the Memorial Weekend Classic the previous week in Folsom.

The Smash 14s finished in the top four in the Gold Flight.

Tri-County compiled a 4-2 record at the 34-team event.

The Smash won one of three games on Sunday.

Tri-County posted a 7-0 victory over the Reno Heat.

The Smash lost 6-2 to the Dirt Dogs and 7-3 to Runnin' Rebels Gold-R.

Tri-County took first in Pool E on Saturday.

The Smash swept California Kryptonite (11-1), California Grapettes (7-0) and All-American Sports Academy-Martinez (5-3).

"There were teams from all over," head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "The competition was pretty good. We could have got to the championship game. We stumbled."

Tri-County claimed the Silver bracket title at the Memorial Weekend Classic.