CRANFORD - On the weekend of July 6th, Cranford Baseball and Softball League hosted their annual 12U Softball Tournament. Due to a rainstorm, the games on Friday night were canceled and one team dropped out last minute, requiring the 12UA (Cranford Gold) Girls to play four games on Saturday, July 7th. Due to the heat and number of games, they certainly didn’t look their best, but ended up being the number two seed in the standings.
On Sunday, July 8th, they won their first game in the playoffs with a 12-1 score, but again, were not playing their best. Up next was the third-seeded MSO Red.
The semifinal game looked like MSO Red had it in the bag. Cranford was down 5-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but chipped away with two runs. Both teams went scoreless in the fifth, but in the top of the sixth, MSO Red added another run, bringing the score to 6-2. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Cranford bats came alive! The girls managed five runs, bringing the score at 7-6, which would be the final.
12UA Cranford Gold advanced to the finals where they faced the top seed, Chatham. Cranford took an 6-0 lead in the fourth inning, however, Chatham was not going down without a fight! Chatham scored one in the bottom of the fourth, two in the fifth, and another two in the sixth. Going into the final inning, Cranford was up 7-5. Both teams were pumped, but stayed scoreless in that inning to give Cranford Gold the victory. This was the first time this group of girls had won a tournament since they were the 8UA team. It truly was a team effort. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches on a job well done!