Success for Southampton-Sussex softball

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Southampton-Sussex all-star softball teams had a very successful weekend for the PONY South Region Championships this past weekend at the Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association. The 10u team bounced back from morning losses to both Western Tidewater and Southern Chesapeake with an exciting come from behind victory against Deep Creek in the afternoon, earning them the third seed in Sunday’s championship rounds.

14U TEAM: Right to left, Coach Carl Ogburn, Faith Brantley. Whitley Brittle, Coach Scott Cox, Kaylen Cales, Kala Nielsen, Haleigh Duncan, Hayleigh Presson, Elanie Jackson, Hayleigh Cook, Haley Wicks, Kelsey Jarrett, Rylee Webb and Coach Brent Edwards.
In front: Gracen Ogburn.

After defeating second seed Western Tidewater in the morning semifinal, the team cruised to a 12-0 win over Deep Creek in the championship game.

The 14 u team’s path to the championship was much smoother, but not without controversy. S-S defeated Southern Chesapeake twice and Western Tidewater once in pool play, all by mercy rule, scoring 45 runs in only 8 and one-third innings.

The performance by Southampton-Sussex was so dominating that the Western Tidewater coaches officially lodged a protest against S-S, claiming that the team was an ineligible travel ball team and not a county all-star team. Despite evidence provided to the contrary, Western Tidewater refused to take the field for the championship game and forfeited the game and the championship to Southampton-Sussex.

In front, from left to right: Sara Hodges, Amara Triplett, Whitney Griffin, Tara Darden; middle, Morgan Goodrich, Madison Bumgardner, Alex Vann, Mckynsi Pitts, Chelsea Jessup, Claire Randall, Elizabeth Nurney, Logan Bryant, Mariah Dalton; back, Coaches John D Bunn, Lin Darden, Zoe Dunlow. Not pictured is Coach Travis Vann. — Submitted | Brent Edwards

The 12u girls team played just as hard, but ran up against a couple of very strong opponents in Western Tidewater and Suffolk.

Despite a championship effort, the S-S squad finished in third place for the tournament.