The players and coaches of the Burbank Major Softball All-Star team were naturally disappointed when they were knocked out in the semifinals of last year's Western Region Tournament.
The loss extinguished the Burbank Little League squad's chances of qualifying for the Little League Softball World Series.
Trying to find a positive in the wake of the defeat, Burbank found solace in the fact that the majority of the team would be returning, and hopefully it would get another shot at making the international tournament in 2010.
In the year since that semifinal loss, Burbank has gained a wealth of experience, participating in tough tournaments and played games against talented teams.
All the preparation was because the team wanted another crack at the World Series.
In what was sweet redemption for the locals, they captured the championship of this season's Western Regional Tournament on Sunday. That victory brought with it an automatic berth in the 2010 Little League Softball World Series.