The tournament featured softball teams from across the country, as well as a few teams from Canada. After the group pool play a double elimination style bracket was used to decide the winner of the tournament.
The 18A showcase team coached by Westside Bullets director Stan Hansen exhibited exemplary play with a 9-1 rout of the Virginian Sudden Impact team to win the 2014 NSA Western World Series.
The 18A girls finished with a perfect record of 6-0 in the tournament.
Westside coach Stan Hansen expressed his satisfaction with another title to add to the Bullets resume. “This is big for us,” said Hansen. “One of the biggest tournaments on the west coast.” This is the 15th year for the Westside Bullets organization, which was started by Hansen.
The 18A girls ended with 70 runs scored in total for the tournament while only allowing 10 runs from their opponents. The gaudy 60 run differential was a major factor in the undefeated surge. “These girls are all machines,” said Hansen.
The 18A squad was not alone in their success as the 16U team coached by Jesse Palafox, assistant coach Rob Lindsey and bench coach Jeff Patereau also took the title in their division with a resounding 13-1 win over the Cen Cal Outlawz.
The 16U division was composed of both “A” and “B” team squads in one tournament, as opposed to two like the other divisions.
The Bullets squad was considered a “B” team. That perception might have to change soon.
The resounding finals win came abruptly as the tournament officials invoked a mercy rule after just two and a half innings of play. “I had to do a double take and asked them to verify the inning with the director and scorekeeper,” said head coach Palafox. Coach Palafox and the team were so involved in the game they didn’t even realize they had won.
Tournament officials claimed it was the fastest tournament final in memory. The 16U division champions finished with an overall record of 6-1.
Four other teams participated from the Bullets organization, but three of them were eliminated on the first day of pool play. The 18B team had a strong run but finished in 5th place in their division.
The organization is composed of roughly 100 girls. They practice a couple of times a week in their indoor facility and softball fields in Newman. “My team is a showcase team. We take these girls all over the state,” said Hansen. Multiple many women have already received scholarships from universities and colleges who have seen the 18A traveling team. “The purpose of the whole program is to showcase these girls,” said Hansen.
The Westside Bullets organization is sponsored by sports apparel manufacturer Easton. Further information and scheduling can be found at their website westsidebullets.net.
Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.