South Pasadena brought home the 8-9-10 (age) State Little League Championship on Saturday afternoon at Kent Mace Field in Westchester. South Pas beat Southridge LL (Fontana) 2-1 to wrap up an undefeated run at State and finish with a 7-0 record overall in postseason play.
Rysie Ybarra led the charge for South Pas, pitching all 24 innings for the team at State, posting a minuscule .75 ERA, and recording 45 strike-outs. All the scoring South Pas needed Saturday happened in the 3rd inning with Rose Vandevelde getting a one-out walk and Natalie Kan, Annika Selsby, and Ybarra singling in order behind the walk to bring in two runs. It was more than enough for Ybarra who ended up throwing a one-hitter with 16 Ks.
It was redemption for South Pas as they were on the same field one year ago and two outs from capturing the State title before Westchester/Del Rey Little League rallied in the top of the sixth inning to win the championship. South Pasadena would not be denied this year and became the first South Pasadena Little League team at any level of play to win a state title. They are also the first District 18 (of which South Pasadena is a part) softball team to win the state title at the 8-9-10 level since state play began for this level in 1994.