After recently capturing the National Softball Association (NSA) Southern California Championship, the WestSide Pride girls softball travel team of local players ages 12 and under took home third place at the NSA Western World Series in Carson City, Nevada.
The World Series, which began Sunday, July 13th, featured 107 teams from California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
The WestSide Pride played eight games in five days, winning six out of seven before being eliminated 3-1 in the semifinals by the tournament runner-up East Bay Vipers of Pittsburg, California, Friday, July 18th.
The Pride’s only other loss was a 4-0 defeat to champion Rocklin Hype, also from Northern California.
The Westside team won its first four games in impressive fashion, defeating the Winnemucca (Nevada) Gold Rush 8-1; Heat Fastpitch (Modesto) 9-1; Desert Valley (Nevada) Dynomite 12-0; and Carson Valley (Nevada) HotShots 7-0 on a no-hitter by pitcher Madeline Kaplan of Santa Monica.
Karli Rumburg of Santa Monica pitched a shutout against the Dynomite and hit two home runs over the left field fence to help lead her team to victory.
On Friday, July 18th, Pride began the elimination round with a hard-fought 8-6 victory over the Drop Zone, another Northern California team. Julie Munoz, also of Santa Monica, homered over the left field fence to boost the offense.
In the next game, Pride defeated the Yorba Linda Fierce 7-6 in extra innings. The final out of the game came on a relay throw from Kaplan at the outfield wall to third baseman Hillary Edior, to catcher Frankie Golick, who tagged out the potential tying run.
The other Pride players are Amber Flores, Bernadette Moran, Jenna Paul, Jessica Deese, Jessica Roberts, Savannah Mercado and ShaVonne Higgins.
“It was a long hard week but our girls came through with spirit and enthusiasm,” Pride coach Karl Preston said. “Practicing hard all year round prepared us for this deep run in the World Series.”