Union Democrat staff

The Sonora-based Sierra Gold Rush 18-and-under softball team won the Shooting Star tournament this past weekend in Ceres. The team won five out of six games, including three straight on Sunday to claim the championships.

During pool play Saturday, the third-seed Gold Rush beat the Manteca Wave and Kaos and lost to Starfire. On Sunday, the Gold Rush beat the Wave and Kaos twice in the double elimination event to earn first.

The Gold Rush are Chelsea Caperton (SS), Skylar Holt (2B, P), Lauren Brasesco (3B), Laiken Skinner (OF), Kat McKinstry (OF), Xochitl Gonzalez (OF, 2B), Summer Avery (2B), McKenzie Skinner (1B), Shelby Conklin (P, 1B), Kenzie Gast (C), Beck Hart (C) and Amanda Mena (3B). The coaches are Russ Holt and Jason Skinner.