BRANDON — Bloomingdale senior pitcher Kaylyn Camacho capped off a three-game stretch Saturday that will surely serve as one of the most memorable weekends of her four-year high school softball career.
After striking out 10 Friday in a 9-3 victory over host Riverview in the first round of the Spring Fling tournament, Camacho beat Alonso 5-1 in the Saturday morning semifinal, then struck out another 10 in a 6-0 shutout over River Ridge in the final.
It was the Bulls' first Spring Fling title since 2001, and Camacho earned tournament MVP honors.
"She pitched 14 innings in three hours," Bloomingdale coach Mike Clamon said. "Honestly, I don't know how she does it. I don't get it. It's just unbelievable."
Camacho, who gave up six hits in the final, credited "my great team behind me."
As good as Camacho's performance was, she and Clamon attributed the tournament victory to a total team effort.
The Bulls wasted no time scoring, as Kaelyn Castellanos' sacrifice bunt brought in Jordan Alexander for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Alexander and Destiny Frye scored in a two-run third inning as the Bulls upped their cushion to 3-0. Frye and Castellanos each drove in a run in the fourth, then Leah Pemberton capped the day with an inside-the-park home run in the sixth that clinched the victory.
"Everyone played well," Clamon said. "We had key hits when we needed them, and we got on base a lot, too. This is a tournament every year with a lot of tough teams. I just told the girls they did a great job. This tournament was the best games we've played all year."