La Caada’s 16U girls softball team went undefeated to claim the ASA Western Nationals Championship this past weekend in Prescott, Arizona. In the championship game, La Caada beat Norwalk, 8-2.
The team, known as LC Wildfire, outscored opponents from across the Western United States 58-13 over seven games to dominate the tournament. Along the way La Caada beat teams from California, Arizona and New Mexico.
In the championship game, La Caada High School players carried the team. Olivia Leyva hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Wildfire on top and they never looked back. Michelle Grochow had three hits and four RBIs, Brenna Gay had two hits, Shelly Musso had two hits and an RBI, Katy Lee had a hit and scored two runs, Olivia Lam had a hit and Annie Monroe led a strong defense that shut down Norwalk from the first pitch. Bianca Cockrell had a double, a single and scored two runs.
Pasadena Poly’s Kelly Berg laid down two perfect bunts and made an outstanding running catch in right field to preserve LC Wildfire’s lead. Crescenta Valley’s Shiyin Lim scored a run and Clair O’Connor played behind the plate. Temple City’s Jenny Pegg and La Caada’s Maddy MacKenzie combined to give up only six hits and one earned run in the championship game.