The West figures to be best, but only if all its players make it to the ballpark.
Don Hyatt, coach of the West team in tonight's Ventura County Coaches Assn. All-Star softball game, still hadn't had his roster finalized Wednesday.
His players have been juggling their collective schedules so they can play in the 7 p.m. game at Borchard Park that features the county's best seniors.
"I was really glad to hear [Julie] Borchard was going to play," said Hyatt, who coached La Reina to the Southern Section Division V championship game last week. "We're real thin in the infield."
But will Borchard be there?
The Camarillo High shortstop, who hit four triples and drove in 15 runs this season, told a teammate at a travel-ball practice last weekend she'd be at the all-star game. As of Wednesday, Hyatt still had not talked to Borchard.
Such year-end schedule shuffling and last-minute commitments are not unusual, Hyatt said. In fact, the date of the game has changed twice. It was originally set for Friday, then Wednesday.
Buena High has twice changed the day of its softball banquet so Kim Herman, Bevan Trueblood and Michelle Cordes can play. And if the seven-inning game lasts until 8:30 p.m., all six of Hyatt's La Reina players will be exiting.
They must catch a 9:30 p.m. bus to Disneyland for graduation night.
The East team has had no such problems. Aside from a couple of injuries, Coach Pat Glennan (Agoura) expects 17 players to relish the role of underdogs.
Westlake's Cathy Davie, who batted .322 with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs, has a scholarship to Michigan.
Davie, an outfielder, will be joined by Newbury Park first baseman Christine Arguijo (Loyola Marymount) and Moorpark pitcher Mindy Penrod (Iowa State).
But the West team is stacked with catcher Borchard (Wisconsin), Herman (Oregon State), first baseman Trueblood (Cal State Fullerton), outfielder Cordes (Pacific), Thousand Oaks pitcher Jessica Davenport (San Diego State) and La Reina shortstop Shane Anderson (Stanford).
Glennan knows the West team has more guns.
"And I haven't said a word," he said. "I just think that's where the chips fell. But I had 15 girls at practice yesterday, they're out there to have a good time. They're thrilled to be playing."
And if the East team can keep the game going until 8:30, it might win a war of attrition. If the six La Reina players depart early, the West roster would be pared to 11.
"Well, I hope the game runs late," Glennan said, joking.
Hyatt said the East team should not worry. For his players, the experience of finally teaming up with longtime high-school rivals in an all-star game is more important than winning.
"It's a good sharing of experiences and you see some neat things come out of it," Hyatt said. "During the season it's so heated. The primary concern here is to go out and have a good time."