While most people take their summer to relax, a group of a dozen 12-year-old girls from La Cañada were busy winning a championship.
For the first time ever, a 12-and-under La Cañada youth softball team won the state championship, garnering the honor on July 18 in Camarillo, as the La Cañada 12U Gold blew past Sylmar, 11-3, to claim the 2010 ASA (Amateur Softball Assn.) Southern California State Championship.
Last year, they got a taste of the state championship and they wouldn't be denied the second time around.
"The girls all worked really hard over the years," assistant Paul Thompson said. "This group is amazingly consistent. We always knew we had a good group of dedicated players. This year is sort of the pinnacle of everything. …They really blossomed over this year."
The girls played six different tournaments this summer and won three of them: the Carpenteria Beach Classic, the Western District Championships in La Cañada and, most importantly, took home the state title in Camarillo.