The Petaluma Steal Breeze under-16 team is off to a strong start to its summer schedule, posting an 8-2 won-loss record over its first two tournaments.
After a hard fought, walk-off loss in the championship game to the San Bruno Storm in Vallejo, the Petalumans bounced back. posting a 5-0 record ont heir way to beating the Benecia Outlaws in the championship game of Del Holson ASA pre-qualifier tournament in Benecia,
The Petaluma team features current and future varsity starters from St. Vincent, Petaluma and Casa Grande high schools. Representing the North Coast Section Division V NCS champion Lady Mustangs from St. Vincent are pitcher/ utility player Hannah Sarlatte, catcher/third baseman Mary Cerf and outfielder Olivia Sikora. The NCS Division 2 semi-finalist Lady Trojans from Petaluma on the squad include catcher/shortstop Miranda Swanson, outfielder Taylor Kerrigan and firstbaseman/outfielder Cassie Baddeley. Junior varsity stars Emily Corda (shortstop /second base) and Jess Delaney (pitcher/ first base/outfield) round out the T-girl contingent. Kaleigh Hart of the NCS-qualifying Casa Grande Lady Gauchos will be pitching as well as playing first base and outfield, while JV standout Sarah Mills will be playing in the middle infield. Utility players Ashley Yee of Casa, Hannah Becker of Sonoma Academy and third baseman/ catcher Ashley Carey of San Marin are also key contributors to the team.
The team is managed by current St. Vincent High School softball coach Pete Sikora , assisted by long-time Petaluma Girls Softball Association coach Mike Baddeley.
The Steal Breeze started their year off on a strong note by plating six runs in the first inning of their first game of the year against the Alameda Eclipse in the Joshua Richardson Tournament in Vallejo. The Petalumans rolled on to a 16-0 victory, implementing the 10 run-rule in the game that was shortened to three innings. Jess Delaney pitched a perfect three -inning game and helped herself at the plate with two hits. Kerrigan led the offense with a three-for-three day, while Sarlatte and Cerf each chipped in twp hits each.
The Breeze then had one bad inning against the San Bruno Storm in an 8-1 loss. Three errors in the sixth inning allowed San Bruno to post seven runs, but the game had been an exciting 1-1 tie until the fateful inning.
The Breeze bounced right back in their third game against the Los Gatos Magic, earning a 4-3 victory. A Swanson triple in the first inning was the big blow, and helped Petaluma jump out to a three-run
lead. Los Gatos added two runs in the second to make it a close game, but pitcher Hannah Sarlatte was able to pitch her way out of further trouble. The Breeze added a run in the top of the fourth and Los Gatos countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Sarlatte silenced the Magic the rest of the way and helped herself with a couple of hits at
In game 4 of the round-robin tournament, Delaney proved dominating again, throwing a one-hit shutout at the Palo Alto Heat. Sikora helped her pitcher out with three nice plays in the wind-swept