WAGS win Western National Championship

GIRL POWER—Top row, from left: Coaches Chance Redmond, Laura Del Olmo, Steve Vanderbok and Alvaro Lavin. Middle row: Rylee Redmond, Cambria Finnegan, Katie Beaven, Paityn Lavin, Zoe Vanderbok and Hanna Porter. Bottom row: Jonnie Quiroz, Maddy Kido, Karsyn Plue, Kaia Tan, Amaya Del Olmo and Kirthi Paramasivan.

GIRL POWER—Top row, from left: Coaches Chance Redmond, Laura Del Olmo, Steve Vanderbok and Alvaro Lavin. Middle row: Rylee Redmond, Cambria Finnegan, Katie Beaven, Paityn Lavin, Zoe Vanderbok and Hanna Porter. Bottom row: Jonnie Quiroz, Maddy Kido, Karsyn Plue, Kaia Tan, Amaya Del Olmo and Kirthi Paramasivan.

The Westlake-Agoura Girls softball teams have a long history of big victories and stellar accomplishments, but rarely do the girls win a USA Softball Western National Championship.

Last Sunday, the WAGS U-10 Gold team won the coveted title and reached the end of the rainbow with a 7-0 victory over Placentia-Yorba Linda.

The action took place all last week in Camarillo, beginning with a parade of teams and culminating in the Aug. 5 championship games.

WAGS bested a field of 36 teams in the U-10 division. The tourney included all states west of the Rocky Mountains.

Head coach Chance Redmond, the varsity softball coach at Agoura High School, along with coaches Steve Vanderbok, Laura Del Olmo and Alvaro Lavin led the team throughout the all-star season, which began in May.

“During the summer the U-10 Gold WAGS girls dug in their cleats, displayed grit and determination in every play, plowed through tournaments to win many victories, and truly earned the national championship title,” said Gina Main-Vanderbok, mother of Zoe Vanderbok.

The U-10 team made it to the western nationals by advancing through district and state-level qualifier tournaments.

The last WAGS team to win a national title was a U-12 squad in 2011.

The Westlake Agoura Girls Softball Association began in 1985 and comprises players from ages 4 1/2 to 16.

You can register your daughter to play at wags411.org.

Acorn staff report