The future of the Coast Union softball program transitioned from moribund to magnificent in the stretch of one single season, 2012. In the previous two seasons the Lady Broncos had managed but one win; but in 2012 they broke out big and won the Coast Valley League with an 11-1 record.
The success of that 2012 team was due in part to the outstanding play of freshmen Sage Radecki and Remy Corbet — in fact, Remy was named the Lady Broncos’ MVP and she was also awarded co-MVP honors in the League.
Now Remy’s little sister Ani Corbet — entering seventh grade at Santa Lucia Middle School this fall — is also emerging as a solid softball talent. Ani, who pitches and plays outfield, and her teammates on the California Aftershock traveling softball club team recently won the 12A Division (ages 12 and under) of the National Softball Association (NSA) Western World Series in Las Vegas.
In order to qualify for the championship game on July 20, the Aftershocks racked up a pair of second-place finishes and two championships in four preliminary tournaments. And, in order to win the championship on July 20, they not only had beat the CV Extreme — which they did, 6-5 — they also had to beat the blast furnace heat because it was 105 degrees that day in Las Vegas.
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It was so brutally hot one of the umpires suffered heat stroke and had to be replaced. Ani’s mother, Tamara Corbet, and her father, Chris — an assistant coach with the Aftershocks and with the Lady Broncos — were busy hydrating the players.
“We started hydrating the players a week before the game,” Tamara explained. “We had them eating watermelon and drinking a lot of water that week.” On game day, “We didn’t lose any kids,” Tamara reported. “We did have one girl who got a little overheated, but she was OK. You cool them down starting at the waist, the neck, and the head to cool them down.”
In their preliminary championship game in Bakersfield —a win that opened the door to their shot at the NSA
World Series in Las Vegas— an umpire was stung by a bee, had an allergic reaction and passed out, stopping the game for 45 minutes. The first responders gave the umpire emergency care and he was transported to a hospital.
The rescue squad “probably saved his life,” Tamara explained. That same umpire came to the World Series championship game in Las Vegas; the Aftershocks were glad to see him and after the game he came into their dugout to have his picture taken with the winning team.
Tamara was asked if coaching her daughters in pressure-packed games is stressful. She replied that both she and Chris played a lot of sports growing up. “We think it’s just a blast,” Tamara enthused.