A more than decade-long drought for District 16 Junior All-Star softball ended Thursday when the Crescenta Valley-Foothill team stamped its ticket to Arizona for the Western Regional Tournament with a 5-4 win over Westchester Del Rey for the Southern California Division III championship.
Volunteer District 16 Administrator Dave Ritchie said "right around 2000" was the last time a District 16 Junior softball team — a joint Foothill-Tujunga squad — won a Division III title and advanced to regionals.
Still, CVFH's thirst for postseason glory has yet to be quenched, as it won't be content to simply compete in the double-elimination Western Regional Tournament.
"[The run] has been a lot of fun and it's incredible that we get to go to Arizona and keep playing," said CVFH leadoff hitter and second baseman Sammy Fabian. "I think we all expect we're going to have really good competition [at regionals] and we just have to work as hard as we can to win it all."