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Youngest Artesia Punisher squad concludes summer with a runner-up performance

By Loren Kopff

The 2012-2013 travel ball season has ended for softball teams and next month will begin a brand new season for the Artesia Punishers program, among others. Listed below is a recap of the final major tournaments for four Artesia Punisher teams, the Cerritos Girls Softball Association 14-Under Infinity All-Star team and the Norwalk Girls Softball 10-Under All-Star team. The first two, or three, games listed for each team indicates pool play games in their respective tournaments.

PUNISHERS 10-U @ AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION ‘A’ WESTERN NATIONALS, MEDFORD, OR
July 30-Aug. 4
30 vs. (Selma) Central California Dirt Dogs 12-0
31 vs. (Hillsboro) Oregon Thunder 8-0
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1 vs. (Milwaukie, OR) Firesliders 12-3
2 vs. (San Rafael) Nor Cal Smackers 9-4
3 vs. (Rancho Belago) Team AB 2-4
4 vs. (Gresham) Oregon Shockwaves 6-2
4 vs. Team AB 4-9
FINISHED IN 2ND OUT OF 13 TEAMS

PUNISHERS 18-GOLD, 12-U @ PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH NATIONALS, FOUNTAIN VALLEY AND IRVINE
July 28-Aug. 3
GOLD
28 vs. (West Covina) Minor’s Gold 9-6
28 vs. (Las Vegas) Lil Rebels 2-3
29 vs. (Keizer) Oregon Panthers 3-5
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30 vs. (Hillsboro) Oregon Thunder 1-6
31 vs. (Keizer) Oregon Panthers 7-1
31 vs. (Chandler) AZ Hotshots 7-9
FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 33RD OUT OF 68 TEAMS
12-U
28 vs. (Westminster) O.C. Batbusters 1-2
28 vs. (New Braunfels) Texas Bombers 13-0
29 vs. (Elk Grove) LTG Lions 6-0
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30 vs. (Sacramento) Lady Magic 4-2
30 vs. (West Covina) Jinx 2K 4-0
31 vs. (San Diego) So. Cal Breakers 1-2
31 vs. Rocklin Hype 7-1
1 vs. Birmingham Thunderbolts 10-0
1 vs. (Hacienda Heights) Firecrackers 3-4
FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 9TH OUT OF 42 TEAMS

Rachel Hermann batted .579 in the non-pool play games, second best among all 12-Under players and only four points behind Tianna Jacques of the Castro Valley Synergy. Hermann had 11 hits, scored 10 runs and had two doubles. Pitcher Kendall Henscheid struck out 30 batters in 25 innings, the third highest total for this age division.

PUNISHERS 18-U @ ASA ‘A’ WESTERN NATIONALS, BAKERSFIELD
July 31-Aug. 4
31 vs. (Concord) Lady Hawks 7-12
31 vs. (Watsonville) Pajaro Valley Tremblers 16-1
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1 vs. San Diego (Imperial Beach) Elite 5-4
1 vs. Bakersfield Babes 5-6
1 vs. (Kelso) Washington Illusion 7-3
2 vs. (Mesa, AZ) Hotshots 1-7
FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 7th OUT OF 16 TEAMS

CGSA 14-U @ ASA ‘B’ WESTERN NATIONALS, STOCKTON
July 29-Aug. 4
29 vs. (Orangevale) American River All Stars 16-3
29 vs. Cupertino Inferno 3-2
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31 vs. Pico Fastpitch 6-7
1 vs. Fullerton Hills 6-7
FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 17TH OUT OF 27 TEAMS

NGS 10-U @ ASA ‘B’ WESTERN NATIONALS, PEORIA, AZ
Aug. 1-4
1 vs. Tulare Thrill Gold 7-5
1 vs. (Duarte) Charter Oak 2-11
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2 vs. (Surprise) AZ Power 4-5
3 vs. Lompoc Aftershock 3-2
3 vs. Murrieta 3-6
FINISHED IN A TIE FOR 17TH OUT OF 34 TEAMS