All-star game is loose affair

Softball: Area players have fun, and get in a little competition in annual San Gabriel All-Atar Game.

June 16, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,

TEMPLE CITY — Some of the area's best high school softball players had the rare opportunity to take the field with more concern about having fun than winning in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game, hosted at Live Oak Park in Temple City.

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High each sent a handful of players to compete in the game, which pits San Gabriel Valley's best public and private high school seniors against each other in a friendly competition. The Public team had the edge, though, as La Cañada's Lauren O'Leary dealt yet another shutout for a 5-0 Public victory June 9.

"This is the seniors' last hoorah," said Flintridge Prep Coach Julie Jaime, who coached the Private team. "It's a nice, fun environment and it's one last game for them."


KC Mathews, coach of La Cañada and the Public team, echoed Jaime's sentiment.

"This is my second year doing this and it's a fun night," Mathews said. "We're all loose and joking around. It's a great opportunity for them to play with girls they're usually playing against."

Alanna Pires of Sacred Heart said the game was a bit of a reunion for most of the Private team because she grew up playing on all- star teams with a lot of them. Flintridge Prep's Denise van der Goot agreed.

"I know most of the team, we all played on Sierra Madre all-star teams together," van der Goot said. "It's cool seeing them all again. We usually only see each other once a year when we play against them. It's good being on the same team again."

It was difficult for some players not to get caught up in the competition, though. Anna Edwards of La Cañada came into the game saying she just wanted to have fun. She was singing a different tune once it was over.

"Anytime I play anything, whether it's a game of cards or softball, I get competitive," she said. "It's just my nature, sometimes it's too much and sometimes it's just right."

Edwards got her way and didn't drop a single competition on the day, including the home run derby that occurred before the game. She took the derby title with 23 total points. Temple City's Jessica Loicano came in second with 20, La Cañada's Megan Siepler took third place with 18 and the 17 points off the bat of Flintridge Prep's Abbey Deckop were good for fourth.

"I got in a groove out there," Edwards said. "It was kind of like practice out there taking soft toss."

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