Pictured is the Xtreme, the 14-and-under co-state champions. On the front row, from left, are Keri Windom, Lily Head, Lizzie Lee, Katie Cross and Katrina Harris. On the middle row, from left, are Kaylee Hurston, Natalie Hardy, Ally Dodd, Tricia White and Makayla Powell. On the back row, from left, are coaches Jeremy Head, Shane Lee and Chad Loveless. Not pictured are Amber Timss and coach Junior Timms. (Contributed photo)
The Cedartown Xtreme fast-pitch softball team are no strangers to championships.
On Saturday, May 11, the Xtreme added another championship to their impressive trophy case as they were named the GSA 14-and-under co-state champions.
“I could not be prouder of our girls than I am today,” head coach Shane Lee said. “The girls walked through the tournament going undefeated, giving up no runs and only one hit. That is an unheard of performance. I felt like we were on our game and we put on a clinic on how to play defense.”
The Xtreme finished the tournament not only undefeated, but they did not allow one run to score against them either.
“That is a great accomplishment,” Lee said. “We were disappointed, however, that the tournament was called and it ended in a tie for a state title. I have never played in a tournament before that did not have a tiebreaker, especially a state tournament.”
The Xtreme started the day in a warm-up game against the Southern Misses and lost 6-0.
“I like the GSA format of a warm up game,” Lee said. “This game allowed us to utilize the opportunity to try players in different positions. This game does not count toward the tournament.”
Once bracket play started, the Xtreme started to dominate.
“Kaylee Hurston pitched a complete game perfect game,” Lee said. “We would not allow a single runner to reach base the entire game.”
Lee noted that Hurston recorded 10 of the 15 outs in the five inning game that the Xtreme won 2-0.
“I have been doing this a long time and we have great pitchers, but this is the first perfect game of any pitcher I have ever had,” Lee said. “It takes a complete team effort for a pitcher to have that perfect game and that is what we had in this contest, a total team effort. I am very proud for Kaylee and this great accomplishment, but even more excited about how our team played together.”
In the winner’s bracket, the Xtreme blanked the Ice Hawks 3-0.
“We only allowed the Ice Hawks to have one hit the entire game,” Lee said. “We had another great performance on the mound and from our stingy defense.”
In the semifinals, the Xtreme was matched up with the only other undefeated team, the Southern Misses from Polk County.
“The rain had already set in during the previous game and the field was getting bad,” Lee said. “The game would start with the rain pouring down and that meant the game did not last long. It would only go half an inning before it was called due to unsafe field conditions.”
With both the Xtreme and Southern Misses undefeated in bracket play, they were declared the co-state champions.
“Most tournaments utilize a tiebreaker system, but the GSA regional director did not place a tiebreaker for the state tournament and therefore the Xtreme and the Southern Misses were declared co-state champs,” Lee said.