La Verne softball team heads to Little League World Series with championship aspirations

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Friday, August 5, 2022
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An incredibly talented group of girls from La Verne are hitting it out of the park, and they're now headed to the Little League Softball World Series in North Carolina.

LA VERNE, Calif. (KABC) -- An incredibly talented group of girls from La Verne are hitting it out of the park, and they're headed to the Little League Softball World Series in North Carolina.

"This is like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing and when I get older I'll be able to tell this to my kids and grandkids," said player Adrienne Ortiz.

This team is on its way to the biggest show in the world.

"We're going a 100% ... We got this," said player Laney Sweeney.

"A lot of these girls have played together in neighboring cities and now together here in La Verne since they were like 6 and 8 years old," said coach Loretta Washington.

"The thought about this a few years back was just a thought, and to see the journey that they've come through, to where we are today, the reality, I mean, I'm head over heels," said Branden Mulder, La Verne Little League president.

"Softball has really grown in the last few years in the city of La Verne. We recently -- at our local high school -- won the CIF championship," said coach Michael Mann.

"It's nice that the girls are starting to get their time to shine which is awesome," said Washington.

The athletes will be bringing plenty of girl power to the field of dreams in the World Series.

"We're going to come home with a win. We're going to win it. We'll represent our city really well, and we hope to win it all," Adrienne said.

The La Verne Little League softball team will be heading to North Carolina and their first game in the World Series is on Tuesday.

You can donate to the softball team here.