The Newport Mesa girls' softball 8U All-Star team recently completed an unprecedented run and placed third in the combined Los Angeles-South Bay/Orange County District "C" Championships in Long Beach.
No other team from NMGS has ever placed as high as third in the district championships at the 8U level.
Leading up to the championships, the local all-star team played in a series of tournaments to prepare for the district championships. Although NMGS is a much smaller league than most of its competition, the team known as "the Sunshine Girls," was the semifinalist in the Capistrano Valley Memorial weekend tournament. The Sunshine girls were also champions of the Vista San Diego tournament, as well as quarterfinalists in the prestigious Irvine Summer Classic, and semifinalists in the very competitive Fountain Valley tournament.
In the LA-South Bay/Orange County District Championships, the eventual third-place team, consisting mostly of 8- and 9-year olds, played seven games over a three-day period to advance to the final game of the second-chance bracket, and were one hit away from advancing to a berth in the state championships.