Santa Monica Girls Softball Team Headed To Nationals

Sunday, 13 Jul 2014, 9:13:00 AM

Special To The Mirror

The 16U Santa Monica Patriots, heading to Nationals (pictured left to right, bottom row first): Annika Pearson (22), Jamie Dunn (10), Hali Norris (8), Nicole Valdez (20), Ana Vargas (88), Coach Katie Griffith, Haley Beaven (19), Sara McMorrow (7), Paulette Ely (3),  Sarah Dunn (99), Vanessa Temblador (18), Amanda Gonzalez (4), Jordan Docter (1), Nicole Farhadian (11), Coach Antonio Temblador Jr.
Photo courtesy of Eddie Vargas
The 16U Santa Monica Patriots, heading to Nationals (pictured left to right, bottom row first): Annika Pearson (22), Jamie Dunn (10), Hali Norris (8), Nicole Valdez (20), Ana Vargas (88), Coach Katie Griffith, Haley Beaven (19), Sara McMorrow (7), Paulette Ely (3), Sarah Dunn (99), Vanessa Temblador (18), Amanda Gonzalez (4), Jordan Docter (1), Nicole Farhadian (11), Coach Antonio Temblador Jr.

By Leanna Einbinder

The 16U Santa Monica Patriots, a local softball team made up of girls aged 15-17, placed first in their District championship two weeks ago in Downey. Last weekend they placed 5th in the State tournament in Lancaster.

This earned them a spot in the ASA Western National Softball Tournament to be held in Gillette, Wyoming from July 30 to August 3.

“This is an amazing group of young ladies,” said the team’s head coach Antonio Temblador Jr. “I had the honor of coaching five of these players a few years ago when they were a 12U Santa Monica team, and they went all the way to Nationals that year too, finishing 9th out of 49 teams in the National competition. Watching this group come together and accomplish what they have speaks volumes about their dedication, work ethic, character, and love for the sport.”

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