The team, which has Cedartown players Ava Tillmann and Shana Abram on the roster, competed at Lost Mountain Park in west Cobb County from July 21-24 to win the World Series crown.
The team went undefeated throughout the tournament. The World Series consisted of two pool play games followed by two days worth of bracket play.
Head coach Ken Godfrey had nothing but good things to say about his team.
“The girls played with their hearts all weekend. Some players were injured but fought through it. Every single player on our team contributed to our victories. I am not sure that we played this hard all year,” Godfrey stated. “I mean these girls were so focused on winning this World Series. It really made my job as a coach so much easier. They took what they had learned all season long and applied it to every situation.
“To me that is what it is all about, giving them the tools to get the job done and then teaching them how and when to use them. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. I would like to thank all the parents for their dedication to this organization as well because we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Godfrey noted that the squad won two games by the run rule in the fourth inning of each contest and also pulled out a nailbiting game that went into extra innings.
Savannah Poole, Kayla Watson, Courtney Godfrey, Tillmann and Abram were the pitchers during the tournament, Godfrey noted.
According to Godfrey, this team consisted of players that started the season anywhere from 10 years old to 12. It was an area team, with players coming from Cedartown, Acworth, Rome, Summerville, Kingston, Euharlee, Cartersville, and Taylorsville to play on the team.
“The team was championship winners several times this year, but (we) didn’t expect to bring home a World Series win,” Godfrey noted.
“There are a lot of teams that enters these tournaments each year and you enter them with the hopes of hanging in long enough to get close to the top rankings and have a respectable finish but to actually win this event was bitter sweet and it was an honor to represent Bartow County.”
Members of the team were Shana Abram, Ava Tillmann, Logan O’Neal, Taylor Calhoun, Ieshia Haggerty, Tori Evans, Courtney Godfrey, Lauren Goss, Lindsay Hamby, Savannah Poole, and Kayla Watkins.
Godrey was helped by coach Odell Abram, who is also the Cedartown Middle School head fast-pitch softball coach.