Southampton softball team dominates tourney

Published 7:17 pm Monday, August 1, 2022

The Southampton County Girls’ Softball 12U All-Star team distinguished itself as a major force to be reckoned with after a dominant showing at the recent Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association Pony East Section Softball Tournament. 

One of eight teams competing in the Pony age division at the SCAA Complex in Chesapeake, the Southampton squad went 4-0 across three days, winning by an average of 9.5 runs.

On July 9, the Southampton all-stars defeated the Bayside All-Star team 7-2, with Southampton starting pitcher Zoe Banks earning the MVP award for that game by throwing 12 strikeouts.

Southampton was scheduled to play again that day, but its next game was rained out.

On July 10, the Southampton girls returned to action, defeating the Western Tidewater team in a mercy-rule abbreviated contest with a final score of 13-2.

The girls were scheduled to continue on in the tournament that day, but their next game was again rained out. 

They had to travel to Southern Chesapeake a third day in a row to complete the tournament. 

On July 11, their dominance led to a mercy rule-abbreviated game for the second time as they advanced to the championship via a 12-0 win.

In a championship showdown with the Galaxy squad, the Southampton all-stars pulled away for an 11-1 victory, again triggering the mercy rule.

The Southampton All-Star team is selected by the Southampton County Girls’ Softball Committee, and the squad is composed of players from the five communities that had teams in the league this year — Capron, Ivor, Hunterdale, Newsoms and Sedley. 

The Southampton All-Star team’s head coach is Jerry Griffith, who earned the honor after the regular-season performance of his Sedley 13U squad, which went undefeated.

As head coach of the all-stars, he is assisted by James Thomas Cooke, of Newsoms, Richard Kizer, of Newsoms, and Kevin Benson, of Sedley.