PASO ROBLES — Recreation league youth softball in the North County officially came to a close as teams from 8U, 10U and 12U played in the end-of-the-season tournaments on May 11 and 12. It was the Paso Robles teams that dominated the mid-season tournament but that was not so much the case at the end of the year as this time it was Templeton who took home the trophies.
The tournaments for each of the age groups were held at various locations in the North County, the 8U tournament was held in Templeton, the 10U tournament was held in Atascadero and 12U was held in Paso Robles and saw teams play for all over the Central Coast including from San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande.
In the week before the end of the season tournament, the teams in each age group played in two games of pool play which was used to seed them for the brackets at the end-of-the-season tournament. Teams who won one or both of their games in the pool play were elevated into the gold division brackets and teams who lost played in the silver division brackets.
In the 8U gold division, Paso Robles’ Spicy Limes who are coached by Tom Baughman found their way back to the championship game after getting off to a rough start by losing their first pool play game. They bounced back in their second game which put them into the gold division. As they did at the midseason tournament, the Spicy Limes rolled through the quarter and semifinals reaching the championship game. In the quarterfinals, the Spicy Limes faced off with the Pink Panthers from Atascadero who they beat 9-1 and in the semifinals, they played a fellow Paso Robles team in the Extreme Heat and defeated them 7-2. In the championship final, the Spicy Limes went up against the San Luis Obispo Stangs and fell 10-0. The girls finished the season 18-4-1 overall and finished as runner-ups at both the mid-season and end-of-the-season tournament.
The 10U gold division was stacked full of talent this year which led to a couple of great games and even a rematch from the mid-season championship game. Paso Robles Aces of Bases won the mid-season tournament in a crazy back-and-forth game with Arroyo Grande’s Avengers and this time were forced to play them in the semifinals. Just as the last game came down to the wire, so did this one, but again the Aces of Bases squeaked out a win 6-5. After making it past the Avengers, the Aces of Bases took on Templeton’s Dirty Dozen, who are coached by Mike Sudbrink, in the championship. The Dirty Dozen made it to the championship game by defeating a pair of Paso Robles’ teams starting with Starfire in the quarterfinals and Extreme Heat in the semifinals. But it was Dirty Dozen who emerged as champions on May 12 as they jumped out to an early lead and never gave it up winning 7-4.
In the 12U bracket, it was a pair of Templeton teams that met up in the championship in Code Red, coached by Bob and Martina Smith, and the Storm, who were coached by John and Katie Fiorenza. Like the Spicy Limes in the 8U division, the Storm finished as runner-ups in the mid-season tournament and fought their back into the championship game at the end of the year but again lost in the championship final making Code Red the 12U gold division champions.
With the recreation season now in the books coaches will begin to form their all-star teams and start making their push for the huge end-of-the-year State competition that will be held in San Diego in early July.