LIVERMORE -- The Livermore High softball team bounced back from a tough semifinal loss to knock off East Bay Athletic League foe California 5-1 on Saturday night in the third-place game in the 20th annual Livermore Stampede at Robertson Park.
Junior pitcher Samantha Whalen gave up eight hits but was backed by strong defense from the Cowboys.
"Samantha has really stepped it up for us," Livermore coach Larry Bird said, who is stepping down after 20 years coaching in the Cowboys program. "She is one of the hardest working players out here and has gotten better as the season has gone on."
Archbishop Mitty, which beat Cal 1-0 in the semifinals, beat Pleasant Grove 6-0 in the championship game. Jazmyn Jackson was named the tournament MVP for Mitty (14-0). Pleasant Grove (13-4-1) defeated Livermore 1-0 in the other semifinal game.
Livermore (7-6) scored in the second off California sophomore pitcher Leandra Glendenning as Alyssa Ramirez singled home pinch-runner Maddie Meyer.
The Cowboys extended the lead to 4-0 with three more in the third. Leah Taulton, who had two hits for Livermore, drove in a run with a single, and Ramirez collected her second hit of the night with a single to score two more. Ramirez was 3 for 3 for the game.
The Grizzlies (5-5) tried to claw back into the game as Sarah Noble singled and later scored on a two-out hit by Kassandra Coronado, but they were unable to get any closer.
Livermore Stampede Championship Flight, third place Livermore 5, California 1
California 000 100-- 1 8 4
Livermore 013 100-- 5 12 1
Game called, time limit
Glendenning and Mullins. Whalen and Nunes. W: Whalen. L: Glendenning. 2B: Marchuk (Cal), Bennett (L). Records: Livermore 7-6, California 5-5. Highlights: C -- Marchuk 2 for 3; Coronado 1 for 3, RBI. L — Ramirez 3 for 3, 3 RBIs; Taulton 2 for 2, RBI.
Championship Flight: Championship -- Archbishop Mitty 6, Pleasant Grove 1; Semifinals -- Archbishop Mitty 1, California 0; Pleasant Grove 1, Livermore 0. Stampede Flight: Semifinals -- Monte Vista 9, Cosumnes Oaks 8; Granada 5, Carondelet 2; Fifth place -- Monte Vista , Granada ; Seventh place -- Carondelet , Cosumnes Oaks. Bronco Flight: Semifinals -- Heritage 7, Vintage 6; Sheldon 9, Benicia 4; Ninth place -- Heritage 8, Sheldon 7; 11th place -- Vintage 4, Benicia 3. Roundup Flight: Semifinals -- Rodriguez 8, Petaluma 7; Foothill 6, Castro Valley 3; 13th place -- Foothill 11, Rodriguez 3; 15th place -- Castro Valley 5, Petaluma 1.