Led by tournament Most Valuable Player Alisha Marshall and Most Outstanding Pitcher Anisah Navarro, the Selma Bears softball team won the 2015 Kerman Easter Classic March 28-31 at Kerman High School. The Bears defeated Sanger High School 2-0 to win the championship on March 31.
Defense was key for the Bears as they gave up only five runs in the tournament.
“I think we have been playing well all season long on defense,” said Kellen Kubo, Selma Bears head coach. “Defensively we are just playing really well.“
Selma began the tournament March 28 defeating Sanger 5-1 and Coalinga High School 9-0. In game one against Sanger, Marshall led batting with two home runs in the game. Navarro added her third home run of the season.
The Bears went on to defeat Coalinga 9-0 in game two of the day. Jackie Plaza, who was named to the All-tournament team, went 2-2 with two RBIs in the game. Hailey Garcia got the win on the mound going five innings with five strikeouts in the game.
The Bears returned to action in the tournament on Monday facing Fresno High School. Led by a home run from freshman Aly Cerda, who was named to the All-tournament team, the Bears defeated Fresno 4-1. The Bears went on to defeat Madera South 11-0 to advance to the championship game.
In the championship game, Selma scored two runs in the first inning. Navarro held Sanger to no runs on the mound and win the game 2-0 and the championship. Cerda had an RBI in the game to help Selma’s cause.
“We got good pitching and great defense. Anisah hit her spots really well and as a team we played great defense. I have been telling these kids since the beginning of the year that I am not worried about us hitting the ball, the more concern for us is defense. The more good defense you play, the less runs you give up and the more games you win,” Kubo said.
Navarro was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Pitcher and went 3-0 with 14 strikeouts and one unearned run in the tournament. Marshall was named MVP for going 9-17 with two home runs, five RBIs and scoring six runs and her defense.
Selma moved to 16-0 overall with the championship game win.
“I think it is in their heads that everyone wants to beat them, there is a big buzz," Kubo said. "We are the last team in the Central Section undefeated and the girls are taking it pretty well for being undefeated.”
Selma travels to Exeter today, April 8, before returning home to face Exeter at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. The Bears host Immanuel High School on April 14.