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Sizzle set to host softball tourney this weekend
Ceres will be the host site for the Sizzle Summer Classic. Games will be played at the George Costa Ball Field Complex this Saturday and Sunday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres will be the host site for the Ceres Sizzle Fastpich Softball Tournament.

All games for the Sizzle Summer Classic will be played at the George Costa Ball Field Complex this weekend.

"It's going to be hot," said Misty Roton, tournament director and head coach of the Sizzle 14-and-under travel team. "We're reminding the players to drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruit the whole week before to stay hydrated."

"Home-field advantage is great," Sizzle 10s head coach Audel Valencia said. "We practice there every week. We're comfortable there. It would be great to take first. The girls would be excited."

"We have a lot of talent," Sizzle 12s head coach Vince Carvajal said. "It starts with the eight year olds."

A total of five teams will compete in the 12-and-under division, including two squads from both Ceres and Newman, and one from the Modesto Girls Softball League.

The Sizzle 12s won titles in Newman and Riverbank, and finished second in Elk Grove.

"I hold my girls to a high standard," Carvajal said. "I have total confidence we're going to do well. We want to take first. That's our goal."

Ceres' and Newman's 10-and-under teams will face the daunting task of competing in an older age bracket.

The Sizzle 10s placed second in Hilmar.

"It's going to be a challenge for sure," Valencia said. "I just want to keep every game competitive and have our girls walk away from the tournament with confidence."

The eight-and-under division will also feature five teams, including Ceres, Modesto Girls Softball League, Patterson, Newman and Atwater.

"Most of the teams we've been playing will be in the tournament," Sizzle head coach Nicole Ferrel said. "I expect them to do well. It would be special to place first at home."

The Sizzle took first in Newman and second in Riverbank.

Ceres and Atwater battled in the finals at both tournaments.

The two teams could meet again at the Sizzle Summer Classic.

"Every time we play Atwater, it's a challenge," Ferrel said.