Indian Wells Valley Youth Softball’s closing ceremonies are Saturday, but for some teams in the Upper and Lower Divisions, there is still work to be done. Tonight is an elimination night at the Knox Fields on the base.
In the Lower Division, The Flash and The Luna Chicks meet up for a chance to move on to a possible two-game championship battle with The Minions (3-0) who control their own destiny as the week begins.
The Upper Division has The Pulse, Extreme Heat, and Nailers battling for a title.
The winners Tuesday will return to the field Thursday for their first crack at the league championship. An “if necessary” game is scheduled for Friday before closing ceremonies take place Saturday.
Minions 19, Flash 2 (Saturday)
A close scoreless battle over two innings became a route in the final two innings, as the Minions parlayed a 30-plus minute, multiple-run fourth inning to take command of the game.
According to Head Coach Justin Larson, he felt his team was just running on all cylinders Saturday.
“All the girls were running hard, sliding and stealing,” he said. “It was a great effort out there.”
The Minions will await Tuesday’s elimination game-winner for a Thursday contest. A win Thursday hands the trophy to the team, while a loss would force a final championship game Friday.
Luna Chicks 11, Tackers 5 (Saturday)
Described as the most entertaining game he saw this year, Luna Chicks Head Coach Neil Shotwell was more than pleased with his team’s effort.
“We absolutely had perfect pitching, hitting and catching,” said the coach. This, despite the fact, he feared the team wasn’t going to be able to field a legal lineup before game time.
The Tackers were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.
Leading the way were Sophia Leighty and Kyla Baird who pitched and hit their team to success. Leighty struck out the side in the final inning to secure the win. Baird and Leighty combined to strike out seven batters of a possible 12 outs.
The Luna Chicks scored nine runs over the second and third innings to secure the win.
The Luna Chicks meet The Flash tonight in a 6 p.m. tilt. The game is an elimination game in the Lower Division. The winner moves on to meet The Minions Thursday.