Texas Glory Venice girls defeat Clearwater Lady Bombers 4-2 in title game
The Texas Glory Venice Girls 16-Under softball team recently won the National Softball Association Southeastern 16-Under World Series championship in Clearwater. Venice defeated the Clearwater Lady Bombers 4-2 in the championship game.
Teams from Indiana, New York, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois competed in the double-elimination event.
Venice used a combination of superb pitching and timely hitting en route to the title. Pitcher Madison Johnson went 4-0 during the tournament pitching in back-to-back games to get the team to the final. Kaylee Childers pitched the championship game allowing seven hits and just two runs.
Leading hitters for Venice in the tournament were: Johnson (.583 avg., 5 RBI), Jasmine Rachal (.556, HR, 5 RBI), Kendell Bennett (.529, 6 runs), Elizabeth Caviston (.500), Taylor Marino (.500, 5 runs, 7 RBI), Ashley Owens (.455, 4 runs, 4 RBI), Kaylee Childers (.438, 4 runs, 4 RBI), and Averi Cooper (.417).
Also, Avery Dodge hit a three-run home run and made a diving catch for the final out in the championship game.
“There’s not one person on this team that makes this team, we all make this team. It’s not coach Mike’s (Marino) team and its not my team, it’s all our team,” said co-coach Keith Rachal. “When there’s one person out there that thinks they do it all, it just bleeds the life out of a team.
“You couldn’t tell if it was a win or a loss, they act the same. Even when we were getting beat 10-2, they were still in the dugout having a good old time, giggling and laughing.”
“You kind of want to see them suffer a little bit when you are getting beat, but you can’t be mad at them because the whole thing is just to have fun, they keep it fun all the time.”