Four teams go 4-0 on opening day of Standley Cup

It was a successful day for a handful on the first day of the 9th Annual Standley Cup Tournament at Oliver Park in Hayward. Bishop O’Dowd, Newark Memorial, Moreau Catholic and Washington all went 2-0 and all have at least one more game in the tournament.

Washington is the only team that hasn’t clinched its pool just yet, needing a win against Montgomery to earn a berth to Saturday’s semifinals.
In one of the top dominated performances on the day, Alyssa Castillo pitched Moreau to a 3-0 shutout over Cloverdale. Castillo struck out 14 while allowing just three hits, all singles. The Mariners got on the board in the third inning as Shelby Long singled home Savannah Ulloa for a 1-0 Moreau lead. Danielle Gaumer added an RBI single in the fourth before Jordan Lewis capped the scoring, crossing the plate in the fifth on a wild pitch. Castillo at one point struck out six straight Cloverdale batters in a row.
O’Dowd opened with a 9-2 win over Mission San Jose and edged Petaluma 3-2 in the night-cap. Rachel Nersesian kept the Petaluma bats silent, holding them to just four hits. Andrea Carney and Sophia Cacia both went 2-for-3 for the Dragons.
Irvington’s Kendra Campbell and Mary McMahon of San Leandro locked in a fierce duel as both teams battled to a 4-4 tie in the lone game pool 2. Newark was impressive in both of its wins in Pool 4 as the Cougars beat San Lorenzo 7-1 and Alameda 8-1. In the win over the Rebels, Katy Bihl roped a pair of doubles and drove in four and Abby Leon went to distance with nine strikeouts. Marissa Chapa dominated the Hornets with seven strikeouts and Leon went 2-for-3. Ariana Marquez went 3-for-3, including an RBI double and freshman Janai Rojo had a double to score two more as Newark took advantage of three Alameda errors.
Washington defeated Hayward 6-0 as Emily Gibson scattered three hits while striking out 10. Katie Hoffman went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Mary Morris was 2-for-2 as the Huskies pounded out eight hits off Farmers ace Angie Purchio.

Tony Gonsalez