IRVINE — It was the two senior pillars of the La Cañada High softball team that lifted the Spartans to a CIF Southern Section Division V championship last year.
Everyone wanted in on the action Saturday when La Cañada traveled back to Irvine's Deanna Manning Stadium for a rematch with Beaumont for the division title.
All three facets of the game and just about everyone came together for the Spartans, who played solid defense, got another strong pitching performance and caught fire offensively in a 7-3 victory over the Cougars.
"It's completely different games," said Spartans Coach KC Mathews of the past two championship games. "There's not one better than another, they're just different. Last year our studs stepped up and did the job. This year — it was kind of the anthem of the year — we needed the whole team to step up if we were going to get back here and do what we just did. It was like they all decided to all do it today."