Locals help 16U softball team win national championship | New

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A grueling five-month, 66-game summer softball season recently ended with a happy celebration for the San Mateo-based West Bay Warriors 16U team featuring Senior Gunn Kylie Liu, St. Francis Junior Hannah Cushing, Woodside senior Madi Truesdale and Sequoia senior Talia Tokheim.

The Tokheim two-run homerun unleashed a 3-1 victory over the Corona Angels Slye in the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series 16U Tier 1 match at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The Warriors had to sail 13 games in seven days before lifting the championship trophy.

Much like the College World Series, teams were assigned to one of 16 double-elimination groups, with the final winner moving up to an Elite Eight and then a three-game championship series.

The Warriors (40-26 overall) have won 10 of 13 games in Oklahoma.

The season began with 345 Alliance 16U softball teams across the country, including 109 in the Pacific Coast Fastpitch League. The Championship Series was a 57-team tournament.

The Warriors, who hit .343 with 11 homers in Oklahoma, draw the majority of their players to San Mateo County high schools (Hillsdale’s Alex Bunton hit three hits in the championship game). Several others attended schools in the Greater Bay Area.

Winning pitcher Rose Malen plays for Marin Catholic. Emma Eichten, who scored before the Tokheim Tour, plays at Monte Vista in Danville.

The pitching staff also includes players from San Ramon Valley, Mitty and Westmont.

Liu, a third baseman for Gunn, was on first base in the title match and recorded a single. Cushing, who has gone 4-for-10 in the last three games, played at right field.

Tokheim worked the full count and made three throws before delivering the decisive explosion. Bunton produced a run in the second inning.

Malen allowed a run on eight hits in seven innings. She put out four strikes and didn’t walk a batter.

The Warriors have listed 29 players on their 16U roster, although some of them also appear on their 18U or 14U rosters.

The list includes Malaina Alifano, Ellie Alvarez, Keira Brady, Alex Bunton, Alexa Couto, Hannah Cushing, Olivia DiNardo, Zafirah Doss, Emma Eichten, Mackenzie Fobes, Clarissa Gamez, Megan Grant, Lauryn Horita, Isa Iniguez, Adyson Kim, Gabriella Lee , Olivia Levitt, Kylie Liu, Rose Malen, Paige McLeod, Jaelia Mercado, Ariana Montiel, Avery Motroni, Rian Prichard, Elise Roy, Claire Sarrail, Caitlin Sredanovich, Talia Tokheim and Madison Truesdale.

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