After capturing the National Softball Association (NSA) Southern California championship in Rialto last month, the Santa Monica-based Westside Pride girls softball team is headed to the NSA World Series in Reno.

Coaches say that the travel softball team, comprised of 12-year-old girls, is among the favorites at the NSA World Series, starting Monday, July 14th.

The Westside Pride won the NSA Southern California Championship by going undefeated and outscoring their opponents 43 to 14 to qualify for the World Series.

“This is the culmination of two years of hard work for many of the players,” says manager Karl Rumburg.

The travel team is made up of players from local recreation leagues, including Santa Monica Little League, Santa Monica Girls FastPitch, North Venice Little League, Culver City Little League, El Segundo ASA and Westchester-Del Rey Little League.

“It has been a joy to watch them grow from little girls into young ladies before our eyes and improve as extremely competitive softball players,” says coach Sammy Gallegos.

As eight-, nine- and ten-year-olds, many of the girls on the team competed against each other, Gallegos says.

“There were many game losses and team hardships early on,” says assistant coach Doug Roberts. “But for some reason we kept going against all odds and found a way to start winning in 2008 and haven’t looked back since.”