East Brewton 12U girls qualified to play in world series

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

As the 2018 East Brewton Recreational softball season came to an close the coaches chose 12 girls to represent East Brewton as All-Stars. These girls were not chosen strictly on athletic ability. They were chosen on character and team desire.

Their All-Star careers started with an USSSA tournament in Cantonment on May 26 with a first place finish. On June 1 they played at Satsuma and finished third. June 8, they played in Daphne and had a second place finish. On June 15, all of the teams from the USSSA Gulf Coast were brought together. Seeding for that tournament was based on accured points from the previous tournamnets. They ended that tournament with a third place finish.

After 27 games, throughout the entire All-Stars series they were ranked No.2 in the USSSA Gulf Coast states All-Star championship series. Only the top eight teams were selected to play for the USSSA Gulf Coast championship tournament held in Pace, Fla. On June 23 they lost the championship game to West Mobile All-Stars and finished the state series as the runner-up.

The USSSA Gulf Coast Rec District is made up of teams from the Florida Panhandle, South Alabama, south Mississippi and small portion of Louisiana.

They qualified to now play in the USSSA Rec World Series. It will be held in Gulf Shores. AL. Teams who compete in the USSSA Rec All-Star series will have an opportunity to be called the USSSA World Series Champions. This tournament will take place July 1- July 5.

Head coach Thomas Dubose and assistant coaches Damien Jackson and Greg Dawkins said, “Every girl has a role on our team either offensively, defensively or both. Our main pitchers are Amiyah Odom, Jayda Johnson and Precious Howard. Madison Dawkins and Hayleigh Gideons takes care of the catching duties in this sweltering heat. Top batters are Dawkins, Howard and Morgan Dubose. Dashya Montgomery has been one of the hardest hitting players of all the teams in the tournament. Sara Hammac has one of the highest batting averages on the team. Natalee Mealer has been solid that we have used as a courtesy runner and sacrifice hitter. On the defensive end Alonna Bedsole and TyYona Wright kept us among the lowest scored on the team in the league. These girls have been a hero at some point throughout these last five weeks whether it was diving for a catch, a perfect sacrifice bunt, a stolen base or winning hit. We are proud of them all and wouldn’t trade any of them for what they have meant to this team.”

They said, “Thanks to the sponsors, Ryan Bedsole, David Bedsole for making sure the girls had something to eat and the support from the parents because this is a great group of kids.”