Westside Pride, a 12 and under girls fast-pitch softball travel team comprised of players from Venice, Santa Monica and other local communities, captured the N.S.A. (National Softball Association) SoCal State Championship in Rialto Sunday, June 8th.
The Pride swept all six games over the weekend, culminating with a 6-1 win over the home team Rialto Rage in the championship game. Earlier in the tournament, the Pride eliminated the Santa Barbara Elks Tide 6-3 in the semifinals and outlasted the San Pedro Harbor Heat 8-6 in extra-innings in the quarterfinal game that featured several lead changes.
Westside Pride won six consecutive games overall by a combined score of 43 to 14, led by star pitchers Karli Rumburg and Madeline Kaplan, both from Santa Monica. The offense was led by Julie Munoz, who had 11 RBI (runs batted in) and four extra-base hits.
Rumburg and Kaplan led the team with ten hits and four RBI each. Frankie Golick of Santa Monica also contributed four RBI and ShaVonne Higgins led the team with six stolen bases.
The other team players are Miranda Aguilar, Hillary Edior, Amber Flores, Sara Garcia, Savannah Mercado, Bernadette Moran and Jessica Roberts.
“It was a total team effort, solid hitting and fielding from all our girls,” said Pride coach Sammy Gallegos. “We had a tough schedule, playing back-to-back-to-back games both days while our opponents mostly had time to rest between games, but we came through with adrenaline and enthusiasm.”
Coach and team manager Karl Rumburg added, “Our emphasis on conditioning and practicing hard all year came through this weekend.”
With their first-place finish, the Westside Pride have qualified for the NSA World Series in Reno, Nevada, beginning Monday, July 14th.