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Tournament Talk

October 23, 2006

The Renegades Gold team went 5-0 in the Batbusters October Showcase
in Huntington Beach the weekend of Oct 21-22. It was a good start
for the team in their first weekend of actual play in the fall
season. Four of the five teams they beat attended Gold Nationals in
Oklahoma City this past August and the 5th one was at 16U Nationals,
so the competition was good.

Game 1: Renegades 5 NJ Inferno Gold 4. Shae Bass allowed only 3 hits
but an error and a couple walks allowed 2 unearned runs for Inferno.
For the Renegades, Ashley Estepa was 2 for 3 with a double, while 6
other players added a hit including a triple for Maile Guerrero.

Game 2: Renegades 2 Strike Zone (Ford) 1. Shae threw with much more
command in this game with a 1-hit gem. The lone Strike Zone run
scored on a botched pick-off play allowing a runner to score from
second. Lauren Morizi and Rosie Gonzales accounted for the only 2
Renegades hits, but several other hard hit balls created errors
allowing for an unearned run. The first run was scored on a
perfectly executed 1st and 3rd steal by Amanda Omahen and Lauren
Morizi, who had walked and reached 3rd on a wild pitch and a ground

Game 3: Renegades 5 WA Sidewinders 2. Christy Cavano and Kylee
Krings combined efforts on the mound for a 6-hit victory. Cavano
also tagged a 2-run double to right center as the Renegades bats
started to come alive in this game with several hard shots. Estepa,
Morizi, Danielle Balough and Nicole Wolfe also added line drive hits

Game 4: Renegades 4 CA Grapettes 1: Brittany Balough and Christy
Cavano combined for a 2-hit victory over a very good hitting
Grapettes team. The Renegades bats stayed hot putting together an
11-hit attack led by Lauren Morizi’s 2 for 3 effort with a double.
Ashley Estepa led the game off with a triple over the right
fielder’s head and Alyssa Schott and Danielle Balough both hit shots
off the left center fence that were only inches from going out.
Chelsea Bemis, Cavano, Guerrero, Omahen and Wolfe also added base

Game 5: Renegades 5 SC Jets 3:Britty Balough left one pitch in the
wrong place and gave up a 3-run HR in the 4th inning of this one,
but pitched a great game around the one mistake pitch, holding a
very powerful and quick Jets offense to just 4 hits. She made up for
it in the 5th with a HR of her own, a towering solo shot to center
field for her first Gold HR!! Chelsea Bemis added a triple while
Morizi, Schott, Cavano, Wolfe, Gonzales, and Omahen all added
singles, Omahen’s being a clutch 2-RBI shot through the middle in
the 3-run third inning.

The San Diego
Renegades Gold team qualified for the 2006 ASA Gold
Nationals in their first qualifier of the summer. After
successful outings in the USA Athletics Summer Kickoff
Tournament (5-1) and the Las Vegas JO Showcase
Tournament (4-1), the Renegades traveled to beautiful
Lancaster, CA for the Region 14 Gold Qualifier.

The Renegades started play Friday night with a 6-1 win
over a good Cal Thunder team, then notched their second
win on Saturday with an 8-1 victory over Minors Gold.
The critical game and big match-up came at 7 a.m. Sunday
morning when the Renegades met with Marty’s Corona
Angels for a rematch from last year’s Region 14
Qualifier 1-0 loss to the Angels. With back to back
triples in the top of the second, the Renegades jumped
out to a 1-0 lead, but gave the run back in the bottom
of the frame. Things didn’t look good after a rocky
bottom of the 4th when the Angels scored 3 runs to take
a commanding 4-1 lead. But the Renegades girls showed
their strength and character by jumping all over 2
Angels’ pitchers in the top of the 5th, scoring 5 times
to take a 6-4 lead. The Angels came back in the bottom
of the 5th with a lead-off single followed by a double
to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but Mel
Owens got a huge strikeout for the first out, a one
hopper right back to her for the second out and on a
full count pitch, froze the Angels’ big left-hand hitter
for a called 3rd strike and the final out to kill the
rally. The Renegades added 2 more in the top of the
sixth to secure an 8-4 victory over the Angels. In the
4th and final game, it took a few innings to get the
scoring going, but the bats were still hot from the
first inning and the San Diego Renegades cruised to an
8-1 victory over the SoCal Breakers to earn their berth
to the 2006 Gold Nationals, going through the bracket
“the easy way” in four straight games.
Congratulations to all the players for a job well done!!

San Diego Renegades Gold team recently undertook a very
worthwhile project. Tina Ziegler got the ball rolling by
asking all the players and their families to purchase items
to put in "care" packages for the Marines in Phil Bemis&#039
(Chelsea&#039s dad) unit in Iraq. Phil is a Gunnery Sergeant on
his third tour in Iraq in 3 years. The guys there don&#039t
always have the benefit of the comforts of home and
appreciate many things we take for granted, things like gum
and candy, magazines, clean dry socks and even baby wipes as
they don&#039t always get a chance to shower on a regular basis.
The girls on the team also wrote short thank you letters to
the guys, showing their appreciation for all these guys are
doing in the not-so-glamorous line of duty.

imageTina coordinated the efforts and with the help of some of
the other moms, collected and packaged enough items to send
plenty of goodies to not only Phil and his buddies, but were
also able to put together a nice package for Air Force Staff
Sergeant Dorian Guerrero, brother of Maile Guerrero, who is
also deployed to Iraq as part of a special task force of
both military and civilian personnel. We have received word
from both guys that the guys in their units greatly
appreciated the packages and will be responding to the girls
with letters of thanks. Below are some pictures sent to us
by SSgt Dorian Guerrero of his unit in Iraq. I&#039m very proud
of the efforts put forth by all the girls on this team and
by Tina and the other moms who worked so hard to put it all

Tom Peronto, Manager
San Diego Renegades Gold


Updated 09/30/07