Two California teams squared off for the Girls Class “B” twelve and under national softball tournament championship at Centennial Park in Kingman on Saturday, July 30. Bonita Valley had been undefeated, but lost the first championship game to Carlsbad 18-5.
Bonita Valley then beat Carlsbad 7-3 to win the “if” needed championship game 7-3. Coach Kuyoshi Moody said he motivated his team after their first loss in the tournament.
“I just talked to the girls. We had a heart to heart,” Moody said. “I said ‘girls you just have to have some heart. Believe that you can win.’ And that’s when they came out and they really wanted it.”
Coach Moody said great pitching, better defense and a clutch home run were key in the championship game. He said depth throughout the season was crucial for his club.
“Having certain role players was so important. Whether it’s pinch hitters, base runners, girls that come in to pitch. It’s huge,” Moody said.
More than 300 players on 29 teams braved hot and humid weather through the four game tournament. Recreation Coordinator Ryan Fruhwirth thanked city staff, sponsors, the tournament committee and everyone who helped make the tournament a success.