EL CENTRO- The Imperial Valley Girls Softball League hosted its Halloween Havoc 12-and-under girls softball tournament Saturday at Debbie Pittman Field in El Centro.
Eight teams were invited to participate in the event. Local teams clashed with competitors from San Diego, Yuma, and Coachella.
All teams involved were guaranteed three games in the five-round tournament. The first round began at 7:30 a.m. with two games played simultaneously.
Following the second round, each game went to single elimination, and by 2 p.m., each team had already played twice.
“This is my first time playing in a tournament like this,” said Yuma Inferno’s Savanha Garcia, 10, of Yuma. “Even though I had to wake up at 6 a.m., I like it, because we get a chance to play against harder teams that we aren’t used to playing against.”
After playing four games and with just two teams remaining, the championship was a rematch of first round play between the Big Dawgs of Calexico and the Coachella Valley Golden Bears.
“C’mon ladies let’s go! Just one more game, we can do this,” shouted 11-year-old Alixea Iniguez of the Calexico Big Dawgs as her team took the field.
The Big Dawgs scored two quick runs in their first at-bat to take an early 2-0 lead.
The pitching and fielding tightened up for both teams and kept the game close, and in the top of the third, the Golden Bears got on the board to pull to within one run, at 2-1.
But Calexico would answer right back with two more runs, bringing their lead to 4-1.
In the fifth inning, Coachella tied up the game at 4-4, and the score remained tied until the end of the sixth inning when extra inning rules were enforced. Each team started with two outs and a runner on second base.
In the top of the ninth inning, an overthrow at third on a steal attempt broke the game wide open, allowing the runner to make it all the way home for the go ahead run and giving the Golden Bears the 5-4 win.