After falling just short of a title at the state tournament two weeks ago, the Othello 10-U girls All-Star softball team beat the host team from Roseburg, Ore., in the regional tournament last weekend to win the regional title. Of all teams in the region qualified for the regional tournament, Othello and Roseburg were the only two not to withdraw. Othello head coach Ray Gonzalez said many coaches and parents of other teams felt their girls had been working hard for very long and deserved some free time in the summer, but Othello's situation was different. "We had the support of community sponsors and the girls still had the fire to play," Gonzalez said. Gonzalez also said the 10-U girls were disappointed not to have a rematch with Hoquiam, who they lost to in the state tournament championship, but the Othello girls still played some of their best softball of the summer. Othello played a best of three series against Roseburg in an abbreviated regional tournament schedule. The 10-U girls were utterly dominant, allowing zero runs in the first two games and plating 40. Othello won 23-0 in the first game and 17-0 in the second, negating the need for a third game. "The girls played their best at state and regionals," Gonzalez said. "They came together when we needed them and finished strong." Othello's Iris Ozuna was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Gonzalez voiced pride in his girls both for their on-field performance and sportsmanship, saying fans of the opposing Roseburg team verbally expressed gratitude for Othello being a class act. "Thank you to all who sponsored our team and thank you to all the parents for supporting your daughters," Gonzalez said. "They are a great group."