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."