The Petaluma-based Easton Elite under-18 softball team is off to an impressive start in the ASA/USA Softball National Championship Tournament being played in Clearwater, Fla.
The local team won its first two games in pool play, beating the Washington Angels, 4-2, and the Washington Illusion Gold, 5-0, before losing to the Texas Storm, 6-4.
Courtney Ludlow led the way against the Angels with two hits and also combined with Sam Spina and Haley Gazdik to pitch a seven-hitter. Neither of the Angels' runs were earned.
Paige McIntosh hit a home run, while Ursyla Baumgarten and Joelle Krist each had hits. Baumgarten drove in a run and scored a run.
Dana Thomsen pitched the win over the Illusion Gold, allowing four hits while striking out four and not walking a batter.
Baumgarten led the way at the plate with a double, a single, two runs scored and two RBIs. Nicole Wiecks doubled, drove in two runs and made a dazzling catch in the outfield. Sarah Langdon and Krist each had a hit and scored a run.
Easton fell behind, 6-0, before rallying for four runs in the sixth inning to make the game close against Texas.
Angelica Terrel doubled and singled to lead the Elite at the plate. Gerhardt, Ludlow and Spina all had hits for the Elite.
After pool play, the Elite moved into the double-elimination round of the tournament on Wednesday, with their first game against Tyler, Texas.
Results of that game were not available at press time.