The First State Force Travel Softball Team from Kent County recently won the Eastern 14u C USSSA World Series Tournament held in Salisbury, Md. The tournament was held the week of July 18-21. The team's record for the tournament was 9-1.
The Force defeated Bayside Breeze Teal by the score of 10-4 to win the championship, but it took three games. They lost a game to the Breeze, and then they had to beat them twice to win the championship in the double-elimination tournament.
Team photographer Carol Boyd said they had a good feeling about the last game when Madison Drummond started the game with an inside-the-park home run.
Boyd said all of the coaches and parents were proud of the girls' efforts.
"The girls really came together as a team in this tournament. They fought for every victory, and finally realized their dream of winning a championship," she said.
The regular season consisted of about nine competitions, but the team had been coming in second or third place prior to the final two events.
First State Force Manger Mike Miller said the team started the season with a second place finish at the USSSA Fastpitch Faceoff Finale, a second place at the USSSA Kickoff Klassic, and ended the season with back to back first place finishes at both the USSSA Blue - Gray Shootout and then went on to become the World Series Champions in the 14U Class C division.
Drummond was awarded the tournament MVP and the Youthees nomination Softball Athlete of the year, and Leah Miller was awarded Pitching MVP.
The team members hail from Smyrna, Middletown and Townsend.
"We have an amazing group of athletic girls who have worked hard all year to accomplish their goals. We play for the name on the front not the name on the back," he said. For more information about the World Series tournament and the First State Force team, visit their website at: www.eteamz.com/firststateforce1/.
USSSA stands for the United States Specialty Sports Association, an organization that holds sanctionedsports tournaments for youth and adults in a number of sports including softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse.