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Plenty of success in little league season

Junior softball and Palomino baseball teams highlight a summer filled with plenty of championships.

August 25, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • The Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball team put together a remarkable season in 2012.
The Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

Hundreds of area Little Leaguers took to various baseball and softball fields around Glendale, Montrose and La Crescenta this summer. A handful of local teams competed outside the area in their quest for championship glory.

There were more memorable home runs and outstanding pitching performances from a number of players en route to helping their respective teams win Tri-Cities and District 16 tournaments. The Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior softball and Arroyo Seco Saints baseball squads extended their respective seasons into August.

Newly formed Crescenta Valley-Foothill became the first area District 16 Junior softball team to advance to the Western Regional Tournament since around 2000. This season marked the first time since 2004 that the Saints had captured the West Zone crown.

Crescenta Valley-Foothill second baseman Sammy Fabian said the team adjusted after becoming acquainted.

"We did well throughout, and we jelled each game," Fabian said. "We had a bunch of great players.

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"We would have liked to have gone to the World Series. We still got far because we were all confident we could count on each other."

Crescenta Valley-Foothill center fielder Camie Ellingford said winning a pair of championships highlighted the season.

"Nobody thought we could get this far," Ellingford said. "If we worked together, then we knew we could win.

"Winning [the Southern California State Championship] was the biggest highlight for me."

The following is a recap of the area's Little League season.

BABE RUTH ALL-STARS

The Glendale 14-year old team, coached by Marcel Martinez, went 2-2 in the Southern California State Tournament. Glendale opened with a 12-2 win against Simi Valley before suffering a 6-4 loss against Westchester. Glendale rebounded with a 16-6 victory against Simi Valley before falling to Westchester, 7-5, in the championship game.

PALOMINO

The Arroyo Seco Saints, featuring players from Crescenta Valley High, St. Francis and Glendale Community College and coached by St. Francis Coach Aaron Milam, captured the Southern California Region championship with a 4-0 victory against the Arcadia Astros at Jackie Robinson Field. Elliot Surrey registered a double and scored a run and capped the win with a two-inning save. Tei Vanderford had a clutch two-run triple in the game for the Saints.

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