The future of Palo Alto softball is in good hands and those hands belong to players aged 12 and younger.
The Palo Alto Heat 10U team won its second tournament of the summer last weekend at the Rebel Classic in Rohnert Park and is 13-3 overall in tournament play.
The Heat 12U, which also has a tournament title this summer, is 28-9-1 thus far.
Heat 10U won all five games they played in Rohnert Park, capped off by a 9-4 victory over the Rohnert Park Rebels in the title game.
Pitcher Anya Shah was the winning pitcher, with Dilly Hayes collecting three hits and driving in three runs.
Hayes leads the team with her .604 batting average and Shah is 5-0, with a 1.47 ERA and that includes a perfect game during the Jan MacPherson Memorial Tournament in San Carlos earlier in the season.
"We played the Rebels the prior week in the championship game of the Pleasanton Summer Classic and lost 7-1," Heat assistant coach Eugene An said. "It was a great bounce back game for the girls."
Added head coach Rob Berry: "It is a great testament to the softball program in Palo Alto and how competitive the Palo Alto league has become in the last couple years."
In addition to Hayes, Mia Wong (.516) and Morgan Berry (.500) have also been hitting the stuffing out of the ball.
Heat 10U has two more tournaments this summer, including this weekend at the Bill Bowen Memorial in Sonoma.
Heat 12U, coached by Chris Pandolfo, had a season-long nine-game winning streak in June, outscoring their opponents 90-39 during that span.
Palo Alto Girls Softball is currently accepting registration for its Fall Ball program. For information, visit paloaltogirlssoftball.org/fall-ball/.