WESTERLY — The Rhody Wave Runners, Westerly's 12U softball team, finished with a 3-1 record in the Bash on the Beach tournament that concluded Sunday.
Rhody, seeded third, lost to the Titans from Guilderland, N.Y., 9-1, in the single-elimination portion of the tournament on Sunday.
The Wave Runners had previously beat Guilderland, 5-4, on Friday night. Sunday, Maya Henderson had a hit and a run scored for the Wave Runners. Ava D’Ortona, Lyla Auth and Natalie Newhouse each added a hit.
The team won two games on Saturday, defeating the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Titans, 11-5, and southern Rhode Island's Fast Pitch Nation, 8-0, at Cimalore Field to finish pool play 3-0.
In their first game Saturday, the Wave Runners received another strong outing from D’Ortona. D'Ortona, who pitched five solid innings of relief in the tournament-opening win over Guilderland, pitched four shutout innings against Glens Falls.
She was backed by Tori Gabriele, who went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBIs, and Ella Keegan and Auth, who each had two hits.
Against Fast Pitch Nation, the Wave Runners sent nine batters to the plate and scored five runs in the first inning, highlighted by Newhouse's two-run single. The Wave Runners would add three more runs on RBI singles by Newhouse and Abby Emery.
On the mound, Gabriele threw a complete-game shutout, striking out four and walking just one.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way our girls have played so far in this tournament," coach Gerry Auth said Saturday in an email. "It takes a complete team effort to host a tournament and produce the way these girls have this weekend. Traditionally, this is a tough tournament for us since it’s a B-level tournament and we are classified as a C team. Our pitching has been great, we’ve had timely hitting, and we’ve made some special plays on defense.”
— Ken Sorensen