WESTCHESTER — For the past two years, Will Thayer has had his Crescenta Valley All-Stars softball teams come painfully close to a division championship, only to come up short each time.
Last season, the Foothill Major All-Stars also came up short in their Southern California State Championships tournament bid to a familiar Westchester Del Rey squad.
While Thursday's Southern California Division III championship game at Kent D. Mace Field couldn't have gotten any closer, a division celebration was finally to be had for the consolidated Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Stars squad.
Alex Howard delivered the 5-4 win over tournament host Westchester with a walk-off single that scored Sammy Fabian, who led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double.
"I just hit it and ran," said Howard, who was 0 for three in the game until her final hit. "It is unbelievable, I have never won a game this big before."