One weekend after a disappointing second-place finish at the National Softball Association’s California State Championships in Modesto, the Bullets finished 5-1 at the NSA Western World Series in Henderson, Nev., capping it off with a 15-3 victory in the championship game against fellow Californians the Milpitas Renegades.
The tournament was held from July 18 to 21.
“These girls are young, but they are all very competitive,” said Anthony Contreras, the Bullets’ coach. “I think they grew from (the NSA California State Championships) experience. They knew they were going to have to battle and work hard if they wanted different results (in Henderson).”
Among the team’s stars are pitcher Alexis Zavala of Newman and catcher Carolyn Dallimore of Patterson, who served as the team’s starting battery for all six NSA Western World Series games.
At the plate, Dallimore went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and a single in the title tilt.
“It was very exciting, because I knew that all of our hard work had paid off,” Dallimore said. “We were almost an unbeatable team (in Henderson). We knew that if we could stick together, we would win together.”
Rounding out the local athletes on the Bullets’ roster are Patterson’s Alyssa Santana, Julie Ramirez and Breanna Murray; Westley’s Gieselle Pena; Newman’s Adrianna Contreras and Lilo Espinosa; and Cassidy Kuden of Gustine.
“The girls all get along on and off the field,” Anthony Contreras said. “They went into (the NSA Western World Series) with a mission to come out as champions.”