Los Alamitos softball wins Michelle Carew Classic with boost from Taryn Clements’ bat
The Los Alamitos softball team showed its versatility and toughness during this week’s Michelle Carew Classic, and that included the way it won the tournament’s Gold Bracket final Saturday night.
The Griffins defeated No. 1 seed St. Francis of Mountain View 4-2 in the championship game at Peralta Canyon Park in Anaheim.
They struck early for two runs using aggressive base running, but the key hit was a solo home run by catcher Taryn Clements in the fourth inning that put the Griffins ahead 3-2.
The Griffins went 4-0 in the tournament, and each of their victories showcased different strengths.
They shut out Mission Viejo 3-0 in the first round, used a grand slam by Clements to beat Orange Lutheran 4-2 in the quarterfinals and as a group pounded the ball in a 12-3 win over Huntington Beach in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.
Los Alamitos entered the week ranked No. 1 in Orange County and No. 2 in CIF-SS Division 1.
Because of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, tournament organizers created two different brackets, Gold Bracket and Silver Bracket, and all of the games were played Friday and Saturday.
Rio Mesa defeated Vista Murrieta 1-0 in the Silver Bracket final.