18U PGF Premier: Athletics Mercado, Georgia Impact, Batbusters Advance

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Athletics-Mercado/Smith and PA Chaos engaged in the most anticipated pitching duel of Day Two of the PGF 18U Premier Nationals on Tuesday at Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

The game featured Arizona State-commit Allison Royalty of the Athletics going toe-to-toe against Auburn-commit Madison Penta of the Chaos. Royalty used her nasty riseball to completely baffle the PA Chaos hitters, which won the TC/USA Nationals a week ago in Georgia, in the second round of the winner's bracket at the PGF Nationals.

Royalty allowed one hit, walked four and struck out 15 to get the complete-game win for the Athletics.

"It's always important," said Royalty, who lives in Texas and joined the So Cal-based Athletics last fall. "Every win here is big. I just take it one pitch at a time. I just focus on one pitch at a time and getting outs. That's all that matters."


LSU-commit Presleigh Pilon delivered a sacrifice fly that almost left the yard in the top of the first that gave the Athletics their first run and Alycia Flores, who will join her older sister, Eliyah, at Oklahoma smashed a solo bomb to left field in the top of the fourth to make it 2-0.

"I was just looking to hit the ball, see the ball," Flores said, "but I just needed to score some runs for my team and overall just stay sharp."

Royalty said she knew the value of Flores' homer, especially against a pitcher such as Penta.

"It's always a great help to have a home run," Royalty said.

Penta allowed the two runs, five hits, walked three and struck out nine to take the loss.

In winner's bracket first-round games:

Georgia Impact Premier-Lewis 6, Aces Express Gold-McCorkle 4

LSU-commit McKenzie ReDoutey belted a two-run homer for the lead and Alabama-commit Alex Salter fanned 11 in 6.1 innings to pick up the win for Georgia Impact. Dallas Goodknight also collected three hits for the Impact.

Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier 2, So Cal Choppers-Fausett 1

Auburn-commit Shelby Lowe allowed five hits and fanned eight to get the complete-game win for the Bolts.

Texas Blaze United 3, Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Dorsey 2

Katy Repa drove in Skylar Brooks with a double in the top of the seventh to give the Blaze a 3-0 lead and they held off the Bandits, who rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, to pull out the victory.

PA Chaos 11, Irvine Sting 0

Rutgers-commit Megan Herka went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer and three RBIs for the Chaos.

Oro Valley Suncats 6, Cal Nuggets 3

Arizona's Gatorade State Player of the Year Carlie Scupin went 4 for 4 with a homer and five RBI to propel the Suncats past the Nuggets.


Arizona Hotshots 4, Texas Bombers Gold 0

Grand Canyon-commit Sydnie Sahhar tossed a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and Nebraska-bound Caitlyn Neal knocked in two runs as the Hotshots upset the Bombers.

Firecrackers-TJ 4, Cal Cruisers-Sievers 2

The Firecrackers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the win over the Cruisers.

California Breeze-Warren 3, Rhode Island Thunder 2

Sonoma State-bound Reagan Hunt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the tying run and Cal State Northridge-commit Tatum Wentworth delivered a walk-off single to drive in the winning run as the Breeze rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth for the win. Rhode Island-bound Cece Sidley allowed six hits and one earned run in eight innings to pick up the complete game for the Breeze.

OC Batbusters-Stith 7, OC Batbusters-Bracamonte 1

Oklahoma-commit Nicole May, the California Gatorade State Player of the Year, threw 4.1 scoreless innings to lead Mike Stith's Batbusters.


Aces Fastpitch 2, Panthers Gold 1

Arkansas-commit allowed no earned runs and struck out eight, Ashton Maloney went 2 for 3 and Louisiana Lafayette-commit Addie Lightner knocked in a run to power the Aces.

Beverly Bandits-Kelly/Tyrrell 6, So Cal Athletics-Briggs 0

Northwestern-commit Lauren Boys tossed a three-hit shutout with three Ks and Oregon-bound Ariel Carlson and Tennessee-bound Kiki Milloy belted homers to lead the Bandits.

EC Bullets-Schnute 6, Cal Rebels 0

Sara Beth Allen smashed a three-run bomb to power the Bullets past the Rebels.

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 3, Stars National 0

Arizona-commit Devyn Netz allowed two hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings to earn the win and LSU-bound Ciara Briggs tripled and scored for the So Cal A's.

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 5, American Freedom 0

Clemson-commit McKenzie Clark doubled, tripled and drove in a run, Claire Davidson drove in two runs, Florida-commit Kali Reis went 2 for 3 with an RBI and UConn-commit Payton Kinney pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Mustangs.

Sorcerer Old Skool 4, Ohana Tigers 3

Gabby Herrera drove in the tying run with a single and Boise State-commit Hailey Hayes drove in Herrera with a walk-off grounder and E-4 as Old Skool rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the win over Ohana Tigers.

In winner's bracket second-round games:

Georgia Impact-Lewis 10, Universal-Spary 1

LSU-bound Ali Newland doubled and homered, Jenna Johnson went 3 for 4, Mississippi State-commit Zoe Laneaux went 2 for 4 and Alabama's Gatorade State Player of the Year Kaylyn Dismukes had great command of the zone, holding Universal to five hits and run to earn the victory for Georgia.

Universal Fastpitch-Garcia 4, NW Bullets-Campos 1

Cal-commit Alexis Bishop went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and Oregon-bound Raegan Breedlove allowed four hits and struck out six to get the complete game win for Universal.

Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier 8, Virginia Legends 3

Tallen Edwards went 2 for 4 with two runs, Mississippi State-bound Brylie St. Clair went 2 for 3 with three runs, Maryland-commit Michaela Jones went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI and Auburn-bound Maddie Majors drove in three runs as the Bolts defeated the Legends.

Texas Glory-Shelton 9, Texas Blaze United 1

LSU-bound Hayden Brown doubled, homered and drove in two runs, Texas A&M-commit Trinity Cannon went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs and Oklahoma-bound Rylie Boone went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs for Texas Glory.


Impact Gold-Jackson 5, Oro Valley Suncats 4

McNeese State-commit Kennedy Reynolds knocked in Texas A&M-bound Jourdyn Campbell with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th as Impact Gold rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Suncats in extra innings. Reynolds ended up going 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Sorcerer-Williams 6, Arizona Hotshots 4

Ari Miranda, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, delivered a two-run double in the top of the seventh and Sorcerer held on for the win over the Hotshots. Tai Wilson went 4 for 4 with a run and two stolen bases, Pacific-commit Valerie Torres-Colon had three hits and Cal Poly SLO-bound Sydney Frankenburger and Sacramento State-bound Milan Machado-Buckley had two hits apiece for Sorcerer.

Firecrackers-TJ 2, Oklahoma Athletics-Madden 1

Uncommitted Emilee Casanova allowed six hits, a run and struck out four to earn the complete game victory for the Firecrackers.

OC Batbusters-Stith 10, Louisville Lady Sluggers-Huecker 2

Oklahoma-commit Zaida Puni knocked in four runs, Arizona-bound Janelle Meono had three hits and an RBI, Arizona-commit Giulia Koutsoyanopulos had two hits, Arizona-bound Janelle Meono had three hits and an RBI and Oklahoma-bound Olivia Rains picked up the victory in the circle for the Batbusters.

LTG Lions 7, California Breeze-Warren 3

Cal State Fullerton-commit Peyton Toto came in clutch for the LTG Lions with 3 RBI's lifting the Lions past the Breeze.

Beverly Bandits-Kelly/Tyrrell 3, Firecrackers-Rico/Weil 2

Washington-commit Stormy Kotzelnick tripled and scored on Northwestern-bound Sydney Supple's RBI single in the top of the seventh and the Bandits held on to beat the Firecrackers. Supple ended up going 3 for 4 and Kotzelnick went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.


EC Bullets-Schnute 6, Suncats-Jimenez 4

Cayla Bishop and Taylor Nicholson had RBI singles in the top of the eighth and the Bullets held on for the victory. Sara Beth Allen went 2 for 3 with two homers for the Bullets, giving her three homers on the day.

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 11, Firecrackers Arizona 5

Ali Belarde and Stanford-bound Sydney Steele had three hits apiece, Devyn Netz drove in three runs and Arizona State-bound Jazmine Hills drove in two runs and Kristiana Watson drilled a two-run homer for the So Cal A's.

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 10, Illinois Chill 2

McKenzie Clark went 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs, Florida-commit Katelyn Kistler drove in two runs and Jillian Herbst went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs for the Mustangs.

Sorcerer Old Skool 4, Corona Angels-Tyson 3

Alyssa Orr drove in UCLA-commit Caitlyn Newburn with a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth as Old Skool knocked the Corona Angels into the loser's bracket. It was the second walk-off win of the day for Old Skool.

PGF NATIONALS SCOREBOARD

WINNER'S BRACKET A

FIRST ROUND

Georgia Impact Premier-Lewis 6, Aces Express Gold-McCorkle 4

NW Bullets-Campos 11, OC Batbusters-Bennett 3

Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier 2, So Cal Choppers-Fausett 1

Texas Blaze United 3, Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Dorsey 2

PA Chaos 11, Irvine Sting 0

Oro Valley Suncats 6, Cal Nuggets 3

Arizona Hotshots 4, Texas Bombers Gold 0

Firecrackers-TJ 4, Cal Cruisers-Sievers 2

SECOND ROUND

Georgia Impact-Lewis 10, Universal Fastpitch-Spary 1

Universal Fastpitch-Garcia 4, NW Bullets-Campos 1

Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier 8, VA Legends 3

Texas Glory-Shelton 9, Texas Blaze United 1

Athletics-Mercado/Smith 2, PA Chaos 0

Impact Gold-Jackson 5, Oro Valley Suncats 4

Sorcerer-Williams 6, Arizona Hotshots 4

Firecrackers-TJ 2, Oklahoma Athletics-Madden 1

WINNER'S BRACKET B

FIRST ROUND

OC Batbusters-Stith 7, OC Batbusters-Bracamonte 1

Aces Fastpitch 2, Panthers Gold 1

California Breeze-Warren 3, Rhode Island Thunder 2

Beverly Bandits-Kelly/Tyrrell 6, So Cal Athletics-Briggs 0

Suncats-Jimenez 5, Firecrackers-Brashear 1

EC Bullets-Schnute 6, Cal Rebels 0

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 3, Stars National 0

Firecrackers Arizona 2, Washington Ladyhawks 1

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 5, American Freedom 0

Illinois Chill 2, Nebraska Gold 1

Sorcerer Old Skool 4, Ohana Tigers 3

Corona Angels-Tyson 6, Newtown Rock 1

SECOND ROUND

OC Batbusters-Stith 11, Louisville Lady Sluggers-Huecker 2

Aces Fastpitch 9, Lady Lightning Gold-Corn 7

California Breeze-Warren 7, LTG Lions 3

Beverly Bandits-Kelly/Tyrrell 3, Firecrackers-Rico/Weil 2

EC Bullets-Schnute 6, Suncats-Jimenez 4

So Cal Athletics-Richardson 11, Firecrackers Arizona 5

Tampa Mustangs-TJ 10, Illinois Chill 2

Sorcerer Old Skool 4, Corona Angels-Tyson 3

LOSER'S BRACKET A

FIRST ROUND

Jacksonville Storm 8, Chicago Cheetahs 1

Aces Express Gold-McCorkle 7, Impact Gold-Middlebrook 6

Lil Rebels-Gordie 5, Tulsa Shootout 3

Jersey Intensity-KOD 3, Sparks Softball 0

New Lennox Lightning 7, Explosion-Jackson 4

Michigan Finesse 3, Firecrackers North 1

LOSER'S BRACKET B

FIRST ROUND

USA Athletics-Rogers 10, Arizona Suncats-Voak 0

Athletics-Mercado/TO 8, Sorcerer-Gabales 0

Midwest Speed 4, Sun Dodgers 0

American Freedom 5, Corona Angels-Howard 3

Firecrackers-Brashear 2, So Cal Choppers-Ensey 1

Batbusters-Gomes 3, Washington Ladyhawks 1


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