The club's resilience was never so evident as it was during the state tournament two weeks ago. In a game against Torrance, the ISGA All-Stars rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, a dropped fly ball that would have ended the game instead allowed Torrance to tie it up.
Then Torrance won the game in the International Tie Break.
In the double-elimination tournament, that first loss can be devastating to a team. Instead of remaining undefeated and going back to their hotel to rest for games the following day, the girls had to play again that same night, and the game didn't start until 9:15 p.m.
"It was a crushing defeat," Sasaki said. "We had to wait to play again and I expected we might have a letdown. But Trina Hoang goes out and pitches a no-hitter. It was a great pick-me-up."