Greg Sasaki likes to say his 8-and-under Silver All-Stars in the Irvine Girls' Softball Assn. (IGSA) were a "perfect" 0-18.
That's 0 wins and 18 losses.
But the team he started coaching three years ago that included his daughter, Hannah, has improved, big time.
Sasaki's team is now the 10U Gold All-Stars of the IGSA, and it will play in the Western National Championships in Clovis from Aug. 1-7, having qualified two weekends ago when it placed third in the California state tournament in Lancaster.
Sasaki's girls are 25-8 this season, marking a third consecutive season of improvement. As the 8U Gold All-Stars, they won five games, then last year they won 13 games as the 10U Silver All-stars.
This season, they won two tournaments and placed second in the district tournament before going 6-2 in the state tournament for the third-place finish.
They have a chance to win the Western Nationals, a tournament that will include teams from California, Hawaii, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, but Sasaki likes to keep that 0-18 team in mind.