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16U, 12U Santa Monica girls softball teams headed to ASA National Championships

The 16U Santa Monica Patriots, heading to Nationals (pictured left to right, bottom row first): Annika Pearson (22), Jamie Dunn (10), Hali Norris (8), Nicole Valdez (20), Ana Vargas (88), Coach Katie Griffith, Haley Beaven (19), Sara McMorrow (7), Paulette Ely (3), Sarah Dunn (99), Vanessa Temblador (18), Amanda Gonzalez (4), Jordan Docter (1), Nicole Farhadian (11), Coach Antonio Temblador Jr.
The 16U Santa Monica Patriots, heading to Nationals (pictured left to right, bottom row first): Annika Pearson (22), Jamie Dunn (10), Hali Norris (8), Nicole Valdez (20), Ana Vargas (88), Coach Katie Griffith, Haley Beaven (19), Sara McMorrow (7), Paulette Ely (3), Sarah Dunn (99), Vanessa Temblador (18), Amanda Gonzalez (4), Jordan Docter (1), Nicole Farhadian (11), Coach Antonio Temblador Jr. Photo by Eddie Vargas

By Leanna Einbinder

Two Santa Monica All-Star girls softball teams are heading to the ASA National Championship after competing in the State Tournament last weekend.

The 16U Santa Monica Patriots placed first in their District championship three weeks ago in Downey. Last week they placed 5th in the State tournament in Lancaster.

This earned them a spot in the ASA Western National Softball Tournament to be held in Gillette, Wyoming from July 30 to Aug. 3.

“This is an amazing group of young ladies,” said the team’s head coach Antonio Temblador Jr. “I had the honor of coaching five of these players a few years ago when they were a 12U Santa Monica team, and they went all the way to Nationals that year too, finishing 9th out of 49 teams in the National competition. Watching this group come together and accomplish what they have speaks volumes about their dedication, work ethic, character, and love for the sport.”

The 12U Gold All-Star team will compete at the Western National Championships starting July 28 near Sacramento. Photo by Cathy Gusman
The 12U Gold All-Star team will compete at the Western National Championships starting July 28 near Sacramento. Photo by Cathy Gusman

In addition, the current Santa Monica 12U Gold All-Star team finished third in their District championship and then fought their way through the State tournament in Lancaster.

This earned them a spot in their Western National Championship to be held outside of Sacramento starting July 28. The head coach of the 12U Gold All-Star team is Jared Breuer, long-time coach and current president of the Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch League.

Both Santa Monica teams are looking for sponsors, so if a company would like to donate to help support the teams’ journeys to Nationals, go to the Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch website at www.santamonicagirlssoftball.org.

Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch is a non-profit, all girls softball league for ages 4 to 14 serving Santa Monica and the Westside for more than 30 years.

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