Softball Youth Sports

Heartwell Fast Pitch 10U Softball All-Star In State Tournament

The Long Beach Heartwell Fast Pitch 10U Softball All-Star silver team is starting the California State Championships in Lancaster today. The games will last for three days.

The silver teams from local leagues are not made up of the top players, so they usually lose in the early rounds, but this group of local youth softball players have defied the odds and reached the top state tournament.

This group first won a tournament in San Diego and then took the District tournament to qualify for the California State Championships which will have 140 teams and be the largest softball tournament in the country.

“On our run we have won multiple extra inning games,” coach Michael Sullivan said. “Last (month) when we had to change fields midway through the last inning because the sprinklers came on… then we had to suspend the game because of darkness and resume it at 7:15 am in the morning. The girls were there at 6:15 am warming up in the parking lot because the field gates were still locked… During suspension we even learned our cleanup hitter and stud first baseman tested positive for COVID so (they missed) the rest of the tournament. We put up 6 runs in the top of the tie-breaker inning and then shut them down 1-2-3 to win and become the first team at Districts to qualify for States.”

Come back for updates on how Heartwell did in the State Championships.

LB Heartwell 10U Silver

Name Number

Kaitlyn Alas 29

Bella Alcaraz 16

Gabby Correa 15

Angela Houlemard 9

Jorlena Jimenez 17

Valentina Lopez 27

Harlow Menold 13

Maya Rivera 3

Abigail Rodriguez 19

Sam Rosas-Camacho 10

Giuliana Saenz-Castruita 8

Yiyi Sullivan 11

Claressa Tovar 20

Manager – Michael Sullivan

Coaches – David Rivera, Horracio Correa, Ronnie Alas, Miguel Lopez

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.