The North Shore 8U gold all-star team recently secured a spot at the state tournament by winning four consecutive games at the North County Girls Softball District Championships.
North Shore opened the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Ramona, then went on to beat Poway 6-5 in an extra-inning classic. The two teams battled throughout the game. In the top of the seventh inning, Poway was ahead 5-3. However, North Shore emerged victorious as they pulled off their biggest comeback of the season, thanks to RBI singles by Jenna Remick, Nikki Wood, and Lauren Ziment to win 6-5.
Defense was key, as North Shore beat Vista 4-2. In the second inning with North Shore ahead 1-0, a perfect relay from Emily Bycott in right field to Remick to Wood erased Vista’s tying run at the plate. Vista attempted a comeback late in the game, but North Shore played solid defense to earn a spot in the winners’ bracket.
A battle ensued between North Shore and San Marcos for a spot in the district finals and a berth in the State Tournament. North Shore pulled off a win to clinch both, thanks in part to a double play by Anna Herrmann, who caught a line drive to center field and then made a strong throw to first base in the third inning. Pitcher Vivienne Franke recorded her sixth strikeout of the game to preserve the 3-2 victory.
“We played our best game of the season,” said North Shore manager Doug Franke of the battle against San Marcos. “Vivienne was brilliant in the circle, we played outstanding defense, and we got base hits exactly when we needed them.”
San Marcos eventually made their way to the finals through the losers’ bracket. In Game 5 and Game 6, San Marcos beat North Shore 9-5 and 9-3 to take the District Championship.
“It was a great weekend for these girls,” said North Shore manager Doug Franke. “Their effort in the first four games was nothing short of phenomenal. We are excited to represent North Shore in the State Tournament.”
Whenever possible, North Shore’s 12U team, which also qualified for the State Tournament, was in the stands to cheer on the 8U team, as both mentors and fans.
“During the all-star season, these two teams have really bonded,” said manager Franke. “It was great to see the two teams celebrating together.”