TAMPA — Motivation manifests itself through multiple avenues. For a group of local teenage softball players, it came in the form of a loss.After bulldozing the competition in 2014, the Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia/Interbay All-Stars ran into a tough Fort Myers team in the state final and saw their summer come to an abrupt end."They were just rolling up to that point, killing people" coach Bo Longshore said. "And they ran into a hot pitcher."Many on the team had watched their friends, and in some cases sisters, win the 2013 World Series. It was supposed to be their turn."Best thing that could have ever happened to us," Longshore said. "It really lit a fire under them."One year later, motivation paid dividends.TB/PC/IB erased the memory of last summer when the group of 13- and 14-year-old girls captured the Little League Junior Softball World Series title on Saturday in Kirkland, Wash., with 9-2 victory against the Philippines."They had a goal," Longshore said. "And they weren't going to let happen to them what happened (in 2014)."TB/PC/IB capped a perfect summer by winning all seven of their World Series games. And they did so in resounding fashion. TB/PC/IB outscored opponents 84-16 in Washington, averaging 12 runs per game. In fact, only one game (an 8-4 semifinal win against Europe-Africa) was decided by fewer than seven runs."We hit every day," Longshore said. "We have some girls who can pound the ball."TB/PC/IB got things going early with a five-run second inning against the Philippines and never looked back. Cassidy Renninger took care of the rest, pitching a complete-game four-hitter. Lani Trent went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Chloe Boos finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. The blast was Boos' seventh of the tournament and TB/PC/IB's 13th of the week."Chloe has great hands," Longshore said. "She just gets them out there. We don't mess with her swing at all."TB/PC/IB also had quite a sisterly feel. Kit Longshore, Alissa Lopez and Grace Cockrell all had older siblings who played on the 2013 team, while twins Tara and Claire White were on this year's club."All the sisters on the team this year were out in Washington when the 2013 team won it," Longshore said. "We called them 'the littles' back then."But the trip wasn't all softball. The team got to tour Seattle, spending time at some of the city's most famous landmarks including Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Longshore said the team had roughly 75 supporters in attendance and alternating chants of "Tampa" and "Bay" could be plainly heard on ESPN's telecast."Five out of the last nine years a team from South Tampa has advanced to this World Series," said Longshore, who also coached his daughter Olivia on the 2013 team. "It's been a dream come true."Little League's District 6 also had some other teams advance to state tournaments this summer. Palma Ceia lost in pool play of the junior baseball tournament while Keystone lost 5-1 to Windermere in the majors softball title game. PONY: Town and Country won the PONY baseball 9-10 state championship in Orlando last month. The Kings beat Pompano Beach 10-9 in the title game, avenging their lone loss of the tournament. Town and Country exploded for a six-run fifth inning to take a 10-6 lead going into the final inning. Pompano Beach cut the lead to one but the Kings got a strikeout to end the game.Town and Country then advanced to the South Zone Region tournament in Texas where they finished 1-2 during pool play. It brought an end to an eventful summer but coach Michael Fernandez said it's a trip the boys won't soon forget."Just to see how big their eyes got when they saw the field and all the teams lining up during the opening ceremonies was amazing," he said. "A lot of these kids come from low-income homes and have never been out of the state. Some haven't even been out of Tampa."Kevin Lopez and Mike Fernandez combined for a three-hitter in Town and Country's lone win at the South Region Zone. Camilo Garcia narrowly missed a grand slam, settling for a three-run double. Ronnie Brito didn't give up an earned run in four innings of work in the final game while Omar Cabrera finished 2-for-3 despite battling illness."He got sick during the pregame pep talk and he ended up throwing up about 6 inches away from me," Coach Fernandez said.Fernandez said the team raised more than $6,000 to help cover travel expenses."The whole community came together and supported these kids throughout the summer, especially Publix, which was real big," Fernandez said. "It was the trip of a lifetime for these boys."