Firecrackers among Teams to Claim No.1 at Brenda Marsh Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament | Youth1

Firecrackers among Teams to Claim No.1 at Brenda Marsh Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament

(Youth1) – This past holiday weekend marked the 3rd Annual Brenda Marsh Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament (Chino Hills, California). More than 80 teams took the field at the Chino Hills Community Park between the 12U, 14U, and HS divisions, and Youth1 has your complete tournament recap.

firecrackers logoIn the 12U division, the Firecrackers 12U – Araujo brought their bats along with a solid defensive game to take home the 1st place hardware. En route to their success, the team picked up wins against the IE Strikers (16-1), California Cruisers (11-2), Power Surge 2000 Teal (6-4), So Cal Athletics (7-4), and the California Grapettes (7-0) in championship play.

Coached by Jorge Araujo, Jerry Chavez, Sarah Mesa, Amber Grahlman, and John Batres, this championship roster includes, Bailey Chavez, Alyssa Molina, Anna Vines, Taylor Okada, Trinity Villa, Brooklyn Araujo, Skyler Mao, Alexis Batres, Sinta Atuatasi, Evelyn Sablan, Alexa Neil, Bianca Larios, Haylee Kela, and Mariah Ramirez.

The 14U division showed the same level of intensity, as the All American Sports Academy – Harrison brought home the championship trophy. The team would outplay the Punishers (2-1), Strikeforce 99 (7-1), Quakes Diaz (8-1), and the So Cal Athletics Quarles (7-5) before taking the field against Team Mizuno Young in the championship. Once there, the team would earn the 1st place hardware over Team Mizuno Young (7-3).

aa sports academy harrison 14uThis talented group of girls claiming the top spot in the 14U division for All American Sports Academy over the weekend includes, Julianna DeAnda, Taylor Casey, Nicole Steward, Aleena Garcia, Giovy Webb, Adriana Baxley, Samantha Sarmiento, Jazmin Carter, Valerie Ramos, Alexis Villalobos, Marissa Gonzales, Kendelle Messersmith, and Mackenzie Veuve. The team is coached by Brandi Harrison, Andrea Padilla, and Chris Padilla.

At the high school level of play, the So Cal Athletics would claim No.1 over Teamsmith Blake (11-4), earning them the championship trophy.

According to tournament director, Lorrie Ivey, the tournament proved to be a great success. “Overall, this tournament went extremely well. Everyone enjoyed the tournament, both the girls and parents were into it, and this is a tournament that is always fun to watch. While total funds are still being calculated, the money raised for the scholarship fund will be a tremendous help as usual.”


Sports Manager: Erika Yackulic


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