All-Star softball team wins championship for La Vernia
Members of the La Vernia Little League 10-year-old softball All-Star team celebrate their district championship. Team members include (back, from left) Brittney Elton, Coach Tricia Hamilton, Grace Burg, Coach Glenn Hamilton, Kenedi McLeod, Kenzie Roberts, Coach Billy Elton, Madeline Cantu, Manager Julie Rodriguez, (front) Kassie Bauer, Taylor Hamilton, Miranda Mills, Madison Saulter, Bailey Lacey, and Shelby Rodriguez.
LOCKHART -- After a strong showing and thrilling win in the title game, the La Vernia Little League 10-year-old softball All-Star team is celebrating a championship.
The team representing La Vernia was made up of the best 10-year-old players from three regular-season softball teams. After the regular season ended, the all-stars selected from the different teams practiced nearly every day for two weeks to polish and hone their skills -- and to get on the same page. They quickly became teammates and left the competition of the regular season behind them in their attempt to bring home a championship banner for the La Vernia Little League.
The dedicated players and their supportive parents made multiple long trips to Lockhart for the tournament, which was held June 17-20. La Vernia won throughout the tournament, and eventually landed in the championship game against the home-field-advantaged Lockhart All-Stars.
La Vernia jumped ahead in the first inning of the title game, but lost the lead in the middle innings. In its last at-bat, though, La Vernia earned several runs to assume a commanding 14-7 advantage. The Lockhart All-Stars had their final at-bat remaining, but La Vernia’s defense only allowed 1 run in the final inning to take home the championship with a 14-8 win.
The girls were said to have represented the La Vernia Little League, as well as the La Vernia and East Central communities, proudly with hard work, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.