Twelve girls of summer made history for the West Tampa Little League nearly two years ago when they became the U.S.A. Junior Softball champions and competed in the International Little League Junior World Series in Kirkland, Wash.
In a hard-fought, controversial final game, the West Tampa girl's softball team came in second to Puerto Rico by a 4-3 score.
Their accomplishments were a first for the softball teams in a league already steeped in athletic glory. Little League teams in 1967, 1968 and 1969 competed in baseball World Series tournaments and in 1970 a West Tampa team won the World Series.
Saturday the girls' softball champions were honored with the unveiling of the 2010 West Tampa Junior Softball All-Star Public Art Monument. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda were among those at the ceremony.
The monument was designed by local mixed-media artist Sarita Paccine, known for colorful landscapes of her native Colombia and a narrative folk art style. It is surrounded by brick pavers that are available for purchase. The money will help support the West Tampa Little League.
Team members include Sydney Coleman, Stacey Dominguez, Kayla Fernandez, Chelsea Gray, Marissa Hernandez, Caroline Jinks, Nicole Lopez, Natali Morgado, Isabella Ordorica, Monique Puentes, Leilani Valenzuela and Amanda Weathers.
For information, contact Maggie Puentes at (813) 352-3042.