Little League Senior Softball: Sunnyside on their way to Montanaby Andy Morales on Jul. 24, 2013, under Sports
Senior Girls Western Regional
Missoula, Montana: July 26-30
This will be Odalis Orduño’s third trip to the Little League Senior Girls Western Regional and she thinks this might be the year the team from Sunnyside goes to the World Series.
“This team is a little different,” explained Orduño. “This year the girls are more excited and they are enthusiastic about winning.”
Orduño is the ace of team manger Ramon Moreno’s rotation and she also takes the circle for Desert View where she will be a senior this coming spring. Sunnyside’s Little League system fosters a “family atmosphere” according to Moreno and it’s easy to see that since most of these girls have played together since the first grade even though they are split come high school time.
Ranessa Gutierrez and Brianna Lara both attend Sunnyside High School where they will be juniors and this will also be their third trip in a row to a Western Regional – once with the Junior’s team and now twice with the Seniors. The two look forward to a 23-hour bus ride from their home field at Mission Manor Park to Missoula, Montana.
(The team left after 1 pm today and should arrive late tomorrow in Montana).
There’s not much rest on a bus with little brothers, moms, dads and teammates and Lara experienced that firsthand last year. “It was long and it was hard to sleep,” said Lara. “It seemed like people woke me up every ten minutes.”
“We did get to stop every eight hours,” explained Gutierrez. “But this trip will be worth it because we are planning to go all the way.”
With the sun going down around 10 pm in Montana, Lara explained how they had to cover their hotel windows last year and how they connected with the girls from Oregon during the tournament and it will be experiences like that and experiences on the playing field that might prove the difference this year.
“We are more experienced and we want it more,” explained Moreno. “We are ready for it.”
Marsha Hernandez, Sunnyside
Stephanie Olvera, Sunnyside
Mikie Valenzuela, Desert View
Maria Phillips, Sunnyside
Brianna Lara, Sunnyside
Tristen Epperson, Desert View
Amber Castillo, Sunnyside
Odalis Orduño, Desert View
Clarissa Moreno, Desert View
Serina Gutierrez, Desert View
Dmitria Duarte, Sunnyside
Ranessa Gutierrez, Sunnyside
Friday, July 26
Sunnyside vs. Missoula, 5 pm
Saturday, July 27
Sunnyside vs. Montana, 10:15 am
Sunnyside vs. Oregon, 5 pm
Sunday, July 28
Sunnyside vs. So. California, 8 am
Sunnyside vs. No. California, 2:45 pm