Boys and girls of summer

Published 8:57 am Friday, June 19, 2009

Wakefield girls won the championship 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball title Wednesday, beating Capron 11-2.

Capron had taken on Newsoms and beat that team 9-5 to move on to the final game.

“They worked very hard this year,” Wakefield Head Coach Clinton Presson said Thursday. “I made them run a whole lot. I didn’t want them to give up at the end.

“I think they did extremely well. The pitching was good, and we had a lot of hits. The girls ran the bases well, too.”

Standout pitcher Kennedy Presson, 11, struck out 14 batters in the final game. Wakefield ended the season with a 14-1 record.

In 13-and-under action, Newsoms blanked Courtland 10-0 in the first game of the championships on Wednesday.

“It was a learning year for us.,” said Courtland’s Head Coach Leisa Billups. “We had veteran players, but we had first-timers, too.”

In the second game of the night, Sedley won over Capron by one run, 8-7. In the next game Wakefield had shutout Ivor, 12-0.

Newsoms was scheduled to play Sedley Thursday night to determine who will advance to the championship game against Wakefield. The final championship also will be played Thursday.

Billups said Wakefield, which so far has a perfect record, have been playing together for awhile.

“This year has been a great year for them.”

Check for updated scores and information on Friday.

Girls from the 10 and under Southampton County teams were selected to be on the All Stars. They are Ashton Hinkle, Kelly Ferguson, Mason Pope and Alaina Schools from Capron, Kayla Forrest from Courtland, Skylar Bagnoll from Ivor, Megan Beale from Sedley, Megan Vincent, Brittany Cobb and Diamond Jones from Newsoms and Brittany Wade, Kennedy Presson, Madison Presson and Jessie Fortner from Wakefield. Clinton Presson was selected as head coach.