Three North Shore softball teams qualify for state championship

North Shore Softball All-Star teams achieved unprecedented success this past weekend at the ASA District Tournament. Players in three separate age categories finished among the top teams in the North San Diego County District, each earning a spot at the State Tournament in Lancaster on July 4-6.

This is the first time in the league’s 26-year history that all of North Shore’s All-Star teams have qualified for States in the same year.

Coaches, parents and players expressed their excitement with so many going to the tournament for the first time.

League President Randy Rechs said the honor of playing at States is well deserved. “It’s a testament to all the hard work and effort from the girls, coaches and parents,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our teams.”

The 12U Gold team battled their way into the final game but lost in the Championship to Escondido, 9-2. The team has proven its ability to win throughout the All-Star season with a record of 20-8, winning one tournament and finishing as a finalist in another.

10U Gold finished third in the North San Diego County District, losing a tough nine-inning international tie-breaker to PQ. The team enters the State Tournament with a record of 21-8, scoring 142 runs and winning two tournament championships. All three of the team’s pitchers have thrown no-hitters.

8U Gold clinched a third-place finish in the District. They began the tournament with two straight wins, in one of their strongest performances of the season. Their only losses were to the Carlsbad, who finished second, and PQ, the tournament winners. Coaches say the team is playing their best softball yet.

The teams will now set their focus on preparing for the State Tournament, competing in Lancaster’s blistering heat. Their goals are clear. “We need to keep playing well and having fun,” said Rechs. “If we play up to our capabilities, we have a chance to make it to Nationals.”