CALEXICO — Heading into the 2001 16-and-under Pacific Southwest Babe Ruth softball regional tournament, the Pearl City, Hawaii, all-star team — the defending champion — was the favorite.
On Sunday, Pearl City earned another trip to the 16-and-under World Series with a 4-0 victory over the Yuma Desert Heat at Legion Field here.
Pearl City concluded a perfect tournament in which it outscored its opponents 15-0 in three games.
"I felt we had a great defense and some great pitching. And I think that may have been the difference," said Pearl City manager Merv Asamura. "Our defense really played great and that's the main reason we did so well."
While Pearl City won the regional last year, Asamura said he knew things were going to be different this year.
"Coming into this we really didn't know what to expect, especially from the Arizona teams," said Asamura. "But then we saw the first couple of games and we knew that Yuma had a great team and would be a team that would give us some trouble. And they did."