Kirklland, WA — West Tampa Allstars known here as the Southeast team defeated the East team to earn a spot in the final for the World Series Championship. In this international World Series the West Tampa team will face off with Latin America to claim the World Champion Title.
The game will be televised Saturday on ESPNlive.com at 2 pacific standard time, 5 Eastern and replayed at on ESPN 2 9:00pm eastern standard time.
From West Tampa Little League:
One thing can be said about this team is that they are united. This team is one. You can hear this stated by the players, coaches, parents and fans. There has been a team of coaches preparing these girls for the big game. They are Todd Cenal, Randy Morgado, JD Fernandez, Mario Valenzuela, Angel Lopez, Anthony Moran and Bruce Hernandez. Chosen to lead the Allstar team were JD and Angel. These men have put in many hours on the field sharing one main ingredient … love.
This certainly lives up to the saying it takes a village. This team of coaches along with the warmth, encouragement and guidance of the families have been the right formula for these girls to thrive.
Nothing beats knowing that people believe in you.
“When someone is not on their game, then someone else steps up and takes the lead. This is what makes this team special” Coach JD Fernandez
“I am so proud of everyone of these girls and the team as a whole” stated manager Angel Lopez.
Parent Dr Raul Ordorica observes, "They are playing strong. These girls play like they want to be here and they belong here. They have played their role, gone on and have risen to the occasion. They have been supporting their teammates in making key plays and contributing to the win.
Ordorica continues, “The way these girls have played together as a team has made them champions. The sum definitely is greater than the individual parts”
Eglis Dominguez, self proclaimed official team cheerleader exclaimed, “These girls are warriors! I mean they show no fear and are so confident. Warriors I tell you, warriors!”
Randy Morgado comments" I am so proud of these girls. I have seen them grow. This team has a special bond. They are fierce but they are also very caring of each other .Play their heart out. This team is respected."
The team was 16 and 0 coming in to the World Series and they are now 19 and 1 going into the finals. The team has played and won against Canada 16 to 0 ,against Host Team WA and won 8 to 0, Third game was against PR and lost 0,5 and 4th game won over West in an overtime with a score of 1 to 0 and the final game was against East with score of 8 to 2.
For the future, five of the players are eligible to come back next year Stacy Dominguez, Marissa Hernandez, Nikki Lopez, Sydney Coleman and Caroline Jinks