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Auburn Little League Lady Huskies win TOC championship
For the past 12 years, success has eluded the Auburn Little League 12U fastpitch program.
According to coach Perry Azevedo, who helmed the league’s 15-1 Lady Huskies team this season, 2001 was the last time a team from Auburn won the District 10 Tournament of Champions (TOC).
That drought ended this year, however, as the Lady Huskies romped through the competition at the TOC, winning the tourney with a perfect record and averaging an impressive 17 runs per game.
Although the season is over for the Lady Huskies, seven members of the squad begin play with the Auburn/Kent Fastpitch All-Stars this weekend at Brannan Park, as they vie for a district title.
“Our group has won districts at their level the last two years in a row,” Azevedo said. “So we’ve set the bar pretty high. Our goal is to win districts and go on to state. ”
Azevedo added that should the team win the 12U District 10 title, it would be a first for the Auburn Little League girls.
Regardless of the team’s performance at districts, Azevedo said he’s just happy to see the Auburn program’s success.
“It’s been 12 years of dwindling numbers with our softball program,” Azevedo said. “There were years that we couldn’t even have teams at the level because of the numbers. We’ve worked really hard at getting those numbers up.”
For the Lady Huskies, the 15-1 season is the culmination of several years of hard work, Azevedo said.
“Personally, it was just a joy and a charge to see these kids develop and be successful,” he said. “My personal satisfaction was just off the hook. It was just an awesome season. This team just kind of went after it. A lot of these girls have played together since they were seven and eight years old. It’s been one step at a time.”
Now the Auburn girls, teamed up with all-stars from the Kent Little League, look to keep their season going, with a game against the all-stars from Fife/Milton/Edgewood/South Hill, in the District 10 tourney at 3 p.m. Saturday at Brannan Park.