“It should be a good game,” Richard Perez said, referring to a match between Saugus and West Ranch on Tuesday. “They are a young team, but Cassandra knows how to work them hard.” And it seems her work has paid off. Despite the fact that many of the girls on the team are new to the game, the recent win has made them shed their fears. “We need to keep proving people wrong,” sophomore Lauren Bermudez said. “This gave us more respect for our team,” junior Alexa Putledge added. The future of the Wildcats is still uncertain. Frequent errors in previous games didn’t exactly give them a great start. But Perez and her girls feel confident a spot in the playoffs is reserved for the gold and blue. “The playoffs are realistic,” Perez said. For this team there is only room to grow, she said, adding: “We are looking at a great season next year.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEVENSON RANCH – It was the first league softball game for the three-year-old West Ranch Wildcats. The young team had no seasoned seniors batting or pitching, but that didn’t stop them from taking on the revered team from Hart last week, removing them from their No. 1 CIF spot during West Ranch’s first league game. The Wildcats beat the Indians 4-2 on Friday. As team members stretched for their first practice since the big win, the girls still seemed mesmerized by their upset. “It was a confidence booster,” one girl said. “Like a dream,” another one offered, laughing. But one person in the stands wasn’t surprised. “You know what the first text message I got said?” asked Cassandra Perez, West Ranch’s softball coach. “I can’t believe you guys won. But since the ninth grade I have known what you guys can do.” As she watched her girls running the bases earlier this week, Perez said she never saw drawbacks to being the head of a new team. “I am really lucky,” Perez said. “These are good girls who aren’t afraid to work hard. … This will definitely make people pay attention.” Saugus softball coach Richard Perez said he had his eyes on the Wildcats long before last week’s showdown. Cassandra Perez used to coach at Saugus, so the Centurions are aware of what she can do.