Youth Sports Report: Wildfire heat up to win Yuba City tourney |

Youth Sports Report: Wildfire heat up to win Yuba City tourney

The Union staff

The Nevada County Wildfire 12U girls softball team went a perfect 5-0 enroute to winning the 6th Annual Scholarship Tournament held in Yuba City this past weekend.

Saturday’s pool play saw the Wildfire winning all three games. In the opener, the Nevada County squad knocked off the Chico Starz 12-2. Melanie O’Brien pitched a 2-hitter for the win while adding a two-run homer to help her cause.

Shyanne Parrish went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer of her own. The Wildfire eked out a nail-biting 9-8 victory over the Sierra Buttes Thunder in game two. Kayla Lynch earned the complete game victory on the mound. Reid Smethers and Alex Scicluna each had 2 hits for the winners.

In their final pool play game, the Wildfire beat the North Valley Bombers 10-1. Kayla Lynch once again went the distance on the mound for the win. Shyanne Parrish lead the bats with three hits, while Melanie O’Brien and Reid Smethers each added two.

Sunday morning elimination play found the Wildfire facing the Nor Cal S.W.A.T. Cheyanne Ramos was impressive on the mound allowing only 1 hit in a 10-2 win for the Wildfire.

Torri Parman and Shyanne Parrish each had two hits in the victory which advanced the Wildfire to the championship game. The Nevada County Wildfire finished off the competition with an 11-3 drubbing of the Redding Rebels. Kayla Lynch took to the mound in the finale and picked up her third victory of the tournament.

The Wildfire bats were hot in the championship game as well. They were led by Torri Parman with two hits, including a solo home run. Shyanne Parrish and Brittany Campbell each added two hits for the champions.


Lady Rattlers roll on

The Magnolia seventh grade Lady Rattlers fell to the Seven Hills Raiders in the second round of the Nevada County Tournament 18-14.

Both teams played tough defense, but a 12-2 scoring differential in the first and third quarters proved to be the difference. The Rattlers record is now 11-3 on the season.

Taylor Autrey and Michelle Whiting led the Rattlers with six points apiece.

The Lady Rattlers opened up the tournament with a 35-8 victory over Pleasant Valley.

Jessica Meylor led all scorers with seven points and played outstanding defense. Autrey and Darian Coggan each scored six points with Coggan turning up the heat on defense. Nicolle Kelly had a great game and scored five points.

The Lady Rattlers also scored a 21-9 win over Lyman Gilmore. Autrey led all scorers with 8 points and grabbed a handful of rebounds while Meylor had 5 points and played great defense. In a 16-15 win over Forest Lake Christian, Whiting tossed in seven points in a tough defensive battle led by Meylor.


Gold Country Elite takes second

The Gold Country Elite Cheerleaders started their competitive season with a second place finish at the JAMZ Frightfest Classic last weekend held at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

Competing with numerous squads from all over Northern California, the Elite squad also qualified for the 2010 JAMZ Allstar Cheerleading National Championships held in Las Vegas in February of 2010.

Coach Kelly Shoberg said, “The girls worked really hard to bring this routine together, overcoming a lot of challenges along the way. We are very proud of how well they did in their first competition of the year and we are excited to see what the rest of the season will bring!”

The Elite cheerleaders are members of the first competitive cheerleading squad at Gold Country Gymnastics. They have their next competition on Oct. 25 in Stockton.

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