Gabi Arias, from left, Emma Cruddas and Adelana Rodriguez played at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Gabi Arias and Codie Blea were part of the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Emma Crudas, from left, Adelana Rodriguez and Gabi Arias played at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Adelana Rodriguez speaks with coach Codie Blea at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Emma Cruddas played at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City in August.








Emma Cruddas covers third base while playing at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Gabi Arias plays the infield while at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.








Gabi Arias played at the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.

Area softball players Gabi Arias, Emma Cruddas and Adelana Rodriguez competed at the prestigious USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City last month.

Veteran Lompoc Girls Softball Association coach Codie Blea, who helped coach the Region 10 Red team the trio played on at the Games, said all three acquitted themselves just fine.

“Gabi hit .500, but sometimes batting average doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Blea. “It’s a matter of when the hits came, in what type of situation.

“All three of them did their jobs.”

He said Arias and Cruddas, both of whom are 13, and Rodriguez, 12, “all have a bright softball future in high school, and maybe even in college.

“They are all good players, very coachable, are great kids and have great parents.”


Arias, who lives in Lompoc, played shortstop and left field at the Games. Cruddas, who lives in Orcutt, played third base and left field. Rodriguez, who lives in Nipomo, played right field.

The Games took place at the same facility in Oklahoma City that customarily hosts the NCAA national softball championships. That event was scrubbed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Region 10 Red squad went 3-2 and made it to the final eight at the Games before going out of the double elimination tournament.

As the afternoon wore on Saturday, the tributes in honor of the late Josh Caldera kept coming in.

“I was pretty happy with the way things went at the tournament,” said Arias. “We went 3-2 (overall), and we won our pool at 2-0.”

Cruddas said, “l thought things went pretty well. We beat a team from Georgia in a pool play game that had beaten us in a scrimmage game that Friday. I was pretty happy about that.”


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