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Local softball squads join forces for District 16 tournament

Softball: New combinations at Junior, Major levels have teams setting sights high for District 16 Tournament and beyond.

June 28, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • FILE PHOTO: CV's Sammy Fabian, left, gives Alex Howard a high five during a game against Westchester at Kent D. Face Field in Westchester on Thursday, July 26, 2012. CV wins the championship game against Westchester. The newly created Burbank-CV-Foothill Junior softball team is one of seven teams  four local  that will be competing in District 16 competition starting Saturday, June 29, 2013.
FILE PHOTO: CV's Sammy Fabian, left, gives Alex… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

After a historic run that stretched well beyond the Little League District 16 Junior All-Star softball tournament, the Crescenta Valley and Foothill teams are welcoming aboard another batch of players for another run in 2013.

With two Burbank players now in the mix, the newly christened Burbank-CV-Foothill Junior softball team is one of seven teams — four local — that will be competing in District 16 competition starting Saturday.

When it comes to new combinations, two all-Glendale all-star teams have also popped up for the first time — Foothill-Vaquero Major and Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans-Foothill 9-10 — after numbers in both leagues dropped.

"I am very pleased with all the respective teams," volunteer District 16 administrator Scott Moro said. "I think that a couple of these teams can go very, very far in their tournaments."

Whether it's their first year playing together or not, a number of district team's ultimate goals lie beyond of the district tournament, but it's first things first for now.

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District play opens Saturday for the 10-11 and Major divisions with Juniors not starting until July 8. Champions at each level of the double-elimination format move on to the Section 2 round.

"The regular season is just a preparation for this," Foothill-Vaquero Major Coach Bob Mulcahey said. "This is where the true intensity begins. It's a quick little tournament, but the stakes are higher because whoever wins this plays other districts in Section 2, as opposed to the tournament of champions. The prize is bigger."

Without another District 16 squad to contend with, the Crescenta Valley 9-10 softball team has already advanced to the Section 2 Tournament.

Burbank-CV-Foothill and Tujunga open the Junior bracket at Scholl Canyon Field No. 2 July 8 at 7 p.m. Both teams will play again July 9 — same time, same place — with an if-necessary championship game scheduled for July 10.

While the Crescenta Valley Muir Chase Junior team beat Tujunga for the Tri-Cities Tournament of Champions title, it's important to make sure there isn't a letdown at the District level.

"We've handled our business with [Tujunga] all season and hopefully we'll do it again here in the playoffs, hopefully the girls can rise to the occasion as all-stars," CV Muir Chase and now Burbank-CV-Foothill Coach Will Thayer said. "I am definitely not looking past them in any way, shape or form. You can never underestimate an opponent."

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