MORONGO BASIN— Local all-star softball players won big this week in cross-town championship games. The Twentynine Palms Little League major softball all-star team and the Tri-Valley Little League minor softball all-star team both won their district championships and will be moving on to sectional tournaments this weekend.
The Twentynine Palms Little League major softball all-star team competed against Tri-Valley Little League June 26 at Luckie Park. With a win of 14-4 they secured the District 58 Championship.
“Very proud of the girls,” said coach Rose Silvas in the wake of the win.
“We move on to the sectional tournament this weekend being held in Banning,” she said. “The girls have worked hard so they’ll be ready for the tough competition ahead.”
Down the hill in Banning the Twentynine Palms and the Tri-Valley minor softball all-star teams also competed for the District 58 Championship. Going into the game the Tri-Valley minors were undefeated and the Twentynine Palms minors had lost once. They played Wednesday and Twentynine Palms won 5-3, making the two teams tied for first place in the district.
They then had to play a tie-breaking game Thursday afternoon, and the Tri-Valley minors won with a final score of 7-4.
“It was a great game for us,” said coach Melissa Nelson. “Dannyela, our short stop, caught the ball to get out one of the players.”
Nelson also said that Aryssa Patterson-Sanchez and Teagan Moon made great plays throughout the game.
“All the girls did really well,” she said.
The Tri-Valley minors and the Twentynine Palms majors will be moving into the sectional tournament this weekend. If they win, they will move into state competition.