ARVADA, Colo. – The Twisters Fastpitch 14-and-under softball team posted a 6-0 record on their way to a tournament win in Arvada over the weekend, winning all six games by a combined score of 50-7.
“At times, we have played to the level of our competition, but on Sunday we really put it all together,” coach Dan Fox said. “We dominated the semi-finals and finals games.”
Twisters 10, Angels 1
The Twisters jumped out to two runs in the top of the first inning and added another five in the second to go up 7-0 on the Angels out of Broomfield, Colo. The Angels scored a run in the third inning, but the Twisters shut the door with three runs of its own in the fourth to pick up the win.
Brady Laucomer, Avery Fox, Calysta Trevino and Avery West all had two hits in the win, with a homerun coming off of Laucomer’s bat. West paced the Twisters with three RBI, while Trevino kicked in another two. Fox touched home plate three times for the Twisters, leading the team.
Trevino owned the pitching circle. She threw all four innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. She notched six strikeouts to only two walks.
Twisters 4, Elite Fastpitch 2
It took a full four-inning effort for the Twisters to come away with the win in pool play against Arvada’s Elite Fastpitch. The Twisters scored in the top of both the first and second innings to go up 2-0, but their opponents plated two runs in the bottom of the second to tie the score at two apiece.
With the game tied at two, Arianna Camacho scored on a passed ball in the top of the third to give the Twisters the lead again. Trevino added some insurance by scoring in the fourth as well to secure the two-run win.
“I thought Saturday we were pretty sluggish, but I think that’s because the girls are busy with school and other things,” Fox said. “That’s part of the downside of the spring season.”
The Twisters amassed only five hits, with Trevino and Emily McGaugh each accounting for two. Kierra Miller had a sacrifice hit and finished the game with two RBIs.
Brylee Dean started the game on the rubber for the Twisters, allowing a hit and two earned runs, with two strikeouts. Fox recorded the win after pitching 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and no runs, with three strikeouts to her credit.
Twisters 9, Fever 1
The Twisters came out on fire in the final game of pool play against Fever from Evans, Colo., scoring four runs in the first inning. The Fever scored a run in the second inning, but the Twisters added one run in the second and two runs in both the third and fourth innings to cruise to the win.
The Twisters had a solid day at the plate, racking up 10 hits, including five extra-base hits, highlighted by a homerun from Fox, who finished the game with four RBIs. Laucomer paced the Twisters, going 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double. HeLena McGaugh had a two-hit day, with the team’s other double. Trevino and Emily McGaugh each had a triple in the win. West notched two RBIs.
Trevino pitched all four innings for the Twisters, allowing three hits and one run that was not earned. She had a strikeout in the win.
Twisters 7, Blizzard 3
As the top seed from their pool, the Twisters earned a first-round bye in the bracket. To open their run to the championship in the bracket, the Twisters took on the Denver, Colo. Blizzard.
The Twisters got the scoring started with two runs in the bottom of the second. The Blizzard rebounded with three runs in the top of the third, but the Twisters added two runs in the third and three in the fourth. After a scoreless fifth and sixth, the Twisters picked up the win to advance.
The Twisters notched only five hits in the win, with Fox recording two hits in the win, including a triple. Trevino had a double in the win.
Fox pitched all six innings for the Twisters, finishing the game with a 73 percent strike percentage. She allowed eight hits and three earned runs, notching nine strikeouts and no walks.
Twisters 10, Sting 0
Heading to the semi-finals, the Twisters took on the Northern Colorado Sting from Windsor, Colo. Trevino pitched a no-hitter in the three-inning win. The Twisters plated a single run in both the first and second innings, followed by eight runs in the third to seal the win.
Trevino pitched all three innings, with only 31 pitches sent toward home plate. She threw strikes 74 percent of the time, racking up four strikeouts and a walk.
At the plate, Fox recorded three hits, including a homerun, while West kicked in another two, with a double to her credit. Fox, Dean and Emily McGaugh each had two RBI’s in the win.
Dan Fox credited his team’s strong play late into Sunday to his players already coming into the season in shape, due to them playing other sports. He said coaches in the area, including Torrington’s Jeff Halley and Mark Sims, work with him to get girls on the diamond and in shape through other sports.
“How we finished Sunday showed how tough we are. I give credit to the girls,” Fox said. “Most of them play other sports so they come in already in shape.
“We just fine tune our skills and get the rust off,” he added. “The luxury is the girls are already in shape, so we don’t have to worry about that as much.”
Twisters 10, Junior Pride 0
Two homeruns and four shutout innings continued the Twisters’ solid Sunday in the fashion of a 10-0 win in the championship game. The team scored three runs in the first, with two runs coming in the third and another five runs in the fourth.
At the plate, Laucomer and Emily McGaugh each had a homerun in the win. The pair each had two hits in the win, with McGaugh notching four RBI and a double with her other hit. Trevino was not far behind in the RBI category with three to her credit. Fox had the other multi-hit game, finishing with two hits and an RBI.
Fox pitched all four innings, ending the game in 49 pitches, 36 of which were strikes. She allowed one hit, while recording five strikeouts and a walk.
“Those last two games, we really put everything together – pitching, hitting and our defense,” Fox said. “Dominating like that shows how good we can be if everything clicks together. Those two teams were solid teams.”
West, the Twisters’ catcher, earned the MVP honors for the tournament.
“Our big horse was A.J. West. She is like a quarterback out there,” Fox said of his catcher who threw out six runners over the weekend. “Her and Avery Fox are great leaders.”
The Twisters improved to 24-2 this spring. So far this year, they have won two tournaments, along with a second-place finish. The Twisters have a couple weeks off, before hitting the summer season strong for action in Gillette on May 25-28.
“Going 24-2 really fulfilled my expectations for the spring portion of the season,” Fox said. “We’ll use that tournament in Gillette as another tune up heading into the summer season.”