The 27th annual South Bay Athletic Club Softball All-Star Game featured some good pitching, timely hitting and a whole lot of fun for the players on both teams.
In the end, the Blue All-Stars defeated the Red All-Stars 5-4 thanks to three sixth-inning runs that broke a 2-2 tie at El Segundo Recreation Park on Wednesday evening.
One of the more interesting aspects of the game is that players who were high school teammates could end up going against each other in this game. In that twist, South High twin sisters Tuesday and Taylor Kuglin were pitted against each other.
“For me, this game was supposed to be fun to end the season. There was no pressure to win, which was nice,” said Tuesday Kuglin, who went 1 for 3 with a run scored for the Blue All-Stars. “It was really weird (playing against my sister) because I couldn’t cheer for her because she was on the other team.”
Taylor Kuglin, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI double and scored a run for the Red All-Stars, echoed her sister’s thoughts on the game.
“We were just going out there to have fun, playing with girls we had been playing against for a while was cool,” Taylor Kuglin said. “It was kind of distracting when I looked out there and said, ‘That’s Tuesday up to bat.’ In the end, I was just trying to do my best to help my team.”
The Blue-All-Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a single by Meya Vargas of Banning that drove in Peninsula’s Jasmine Nguyen.
The Red All-Stars scored two runs in the top of the third. Taylor Kuglin drove in Banning’s Gladys Garcia with a double, and Kuglin later scored on an error to give the Red-All-Stars a 2-1 lead.
Carson’s Taylor Edwards showed off the speed that won her the pregame base-running competition (10.54 seconds to run around the bases) to lead off the third. She walked, stole second and third base and scored on an errant throw by Lawndale catcher Emma Way to tie the score at 2-2.
“It was all about fun, I just wanted to come out and just play,” said Edwards, who is headed to national champion UCLA to play softball. “I was just running like I know how to do. I was just happy to get my team a run.”
Meanwhile, North’s Michelle Sheedy was mowing down the Red All-Stars, allowing only two runs (one earned) in five innings and striking out five to keep the score tied.
“I felt like I threw the ball really well tonight,” Sheedy said. “My defense was great behind me, which helped a lot.”
With the score still tied in the bottom of the sixth, North’s Lucia Ramirez came through with the single that drove in Torrance’s Ana Rodriguez, breaking the tie and starting a three-run uprising for the Blue All-Stars. Ramirez scored an insurance run on San Pedro’s Jocelyn Hernandez single to make it 5-2.
“I loved the people that I met. I loved the experience, and it feels good to get the dub (win),” said Ramirez of her tie-breaking hit.