By Tamas Mondovics
It is one thing to win a championship, but winning both district and state titles on the back of an undefeated season is priceless.
That is just what the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association 10 and under girl softball All-Stars team experienced this season.
The girls first dominated the district line up winning the trophy in Madeira Beach after an undefeated tourney, followed by reaching the Babe Ruth All-Star State championship tourney and its final game in Lake City, which ended with a 11-0 victory against the Palatka Panthers.
The win rightly placed the team led by program manager Larry Knowles in position to represent Bloomingdale, area communities as well as the state of Florida at the annual Babe Ruth World Series scheduled for July 29-August 5, in Jensen Beach.
“We have a great group of girls that have fun and have worked really hard to become District and State champions,” Knowles said. “They are continuing to work just as hard to achieve their goal of winning the World Series.”
Knowles emphasized that the girls have practiced very hard for three weeks to prepare for World Series competition.
“The talent and teamwork the girls have paid off by having an undefeated season, earning both District and State Championships,” said team mom Carly Pabon.
Proud of the girls, fellow softball team mom Maria Rivera, agreed when she said,” I believe this is an awesome accomplishment. I have watched these 10-year-old girls play their hearts out in the Florida heat, and now this amazing group of girls are headed to the World Series. A moment of recognition is both due and goes a long way with these young players.”
Team mom Shannon Baker summed up her thoughts on the girls accomplishment when she added, “These 10U girls are just incredible.”
The team has launched a Go Fund Me account for anyone who would like to contribute.
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