The Charger Invitational didn’t end the way Eldorado’s softball team hoped.
But it didn’t stop the Sundevils from finding plenty of positives to use in the second half of the regular season.
Eldorado won its four pool games in the tournament before falling to Madison (Calif.), 8-1 in six innings Tuesday in the White Championship game at Big League Dreams.
“I think we did really good,” Eldorado coach Melissa Ortiz said. “We were tired. Ashley (Jarzombek) pitched all five games. Taylor (Schroeder) caught all five games.”
And until the Warhawks scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take a 6-1 lead, the Sundevils had every chance to add a championship trophy to a growing resume this season.
Eldorado (14-4) leads the Northeast League at 5-0 and last week beat Las Vegas. Ortiz said it was the program’s first win against the Wildcats in a decade.
“To be honest, I expected good things from this team this year,” Ortiz said. “We’ve been working hard since the offseason.”
Schroeder went 2-for-3 with a first-inning RBI double for Eldorado.
But the Warhawks used the five-run third to break open the game. Courtney Black’s two-run single after a bases-loaded walk to Amy Montag made it 5-1. Monica Downey, who went 3-for-4, added an RBI single in the inning.
Kaylie Felix was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Madison, and batterymate Breanna Eaker tossed a six-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Eldorado advanced to the title game with three wins Monday and a narrow victory over La Jolla early Tuesday.
“Just to know that we can win these games, that we have the abilities, is huge,” Ortiz said.
Eldorado 7, La Jolla (Calif.) 6 — Schroeder’s single plated Brooke Ortiz with the winning run with no outs in the fifth inning as the Sundevils nipped the Vikings.
Schroeder finished 2-for-3, and Keelyn Pacheco doubled twice for Eldorado.
Shadow Ridge 6, Hilltop (Calif.) 5 — Danette Daguiar and winning pitcher Tana Feiner each went 2-for-4, and the Mustangs scored five runs in the top of the seventh and held on as the Lancers scored four in the bottom of the inning.
Shadow Ridge 9, Valhalla (Calif.) 3 — Krislyn Campos went 3-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Mustangs past the Norsemen in five innings.
Justin Garganese was 2-for-3 with a run, and teammate Danielle Buecker went 2-for-4 with a run for Shadow Ridge, which scored six innings in the top of the fifth.
Madison Labsher was 2-for-3 with a double to lead Valhalla.
Brawley (Calif.) 9, Liberty 5 — Brawley took advantage of six Patriot errors to win a four-inning game.
Kiana Hoapili had two hits, including a home run, and Kennedy Courtney homered for Liberty.
Liberty 5, Silverado 2 — Francesca Foti spun a three-hitter to lead the Patriots past the Skyhawks in four innings.
Rebecca Freer went 2-for-3 with a double, and teammate Jen Story was 2-for-2 with a run for the Patriots.
Ari Montuno went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace Silverado.
Las Vegas 8, Mar Vista (Calif.) 2 — Winning pitcher Kristina Nelson went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, and also tossed a four-inning two-hitter with eight strikeouts as the Wildcats downed Mar Vista.
Taylor Price was 2-for-2 with two runs, and Cierra Turner went 2-for-2 for Las Vegas.
Lincoln (Calif.) 4, Las Vegas 3 — Angelica Felix ripped a game-winning two-run ground-rule double to center in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Tigers nipped the Wildcats.
Turner was 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.
Tech 6, La Jolla (Calif.) 4 — Jamison Bascom went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBis, and Tech scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to down the Vikings in a five-inning game.
Mikaela Tribett was 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the Roadrunners.
Mater Dei (Calif.) 17, Tech 0 — Skania Lemus belted a grand slam as Mater Dei routed the Roadrunners in four innings.
Jordyn Roark’s single was Tech’s lone hit.
Clark 5, North Hollywood (Calif.) 4 — Alia Armstrong’s single to right field plated Alex Hathy with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Chargers rallied past the Huskies in six innings.
A North Hollywood error allowed Clark to score twice to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Under tiebreaker rules, Armstrong led off the bottom of the sixth inning with the winning hit.
Mater Dei (Calif.) 12, Clark 3 — Mater Dei scored the final 10 runs of the game to top the Chargers in four innings.
Jezebel Tuitele was 2-for-2 for Clark.
Southwest (Calif.) 12, Silverado 2 — Southwest scored 11 runs in the final three innings to down the Skyhawks in a five-inning game.
Silverado was limited to just two singles.
Mira Mesa (Calif.) 9, Durango 4 — Katiyana Mauga blasted a pair of home runs to lead the Marauders by the Trailblazers in six innings.
Katie Moore was 2-for-3 with a double for Durango.
Hilltop (Calif.) 8, Durango 1 — Luana Moreno and Victoria Lopez combined on a three-hitter to lift the Lancers past the Trailblazers in five innings.
Tiffany Salcedo was 2-for-3 with a two-run triple, and Ariel Bochniak went 3-for-3 for Hilltop.
Alyssa Martin had a double and an RBI for Durango.