The Mathews Little League Junior Girls’ Softball Team was triumphant Monday after winning the state title in a tournament held in Broadway. Team members, from left, are Josey Bauby, Emma Johnson, Amber Jackson, Andi Schlosshan, Keely Crittenden, Emily Sorey, Kaylynn Heimerich, Lexie Miles, Madison South, and Nealcyn Watkins. Coaches, back row from left, are David Miles, head coach Robby Sorey, and Charlie Crittenden. Photo by Carrie Phillips
The Mathews County Little League Junior Girls’ Softball Team won the state Little League championship Monday at Broadway, going five wins for one loss against the top teams in the state.
When the girls arrived in Mathews Monday night, they were paraded through the Court House by fire trucks and police cars with lights flashing, sirens howling, and horns blowing.
Coach Robby Sorey said he and the other coaches, Charlie Crittenden and David Miles, were proud of the girls, who went into the tournament committed to doing their best and played solid ball throughout.
“Every one of these kids contributed the entire time,” he said. “If they were bad at the plate, they made it up in the field. If someone was having a tough time, somebody picked up the slack… Everybody played at the same level.”
The girls got off to a rousing start with their first game, said Sorey. Playing against Stanley Little League, Keeley Crittenden took the first at-bat and hit a home run. Then Nealcyn Watkins got to base on a walk, and Madison South brought her in with a two-run home run. Sorey said it was devastating to the other team, which lost to Mathews, 12-1.
Saturday morning, Mathews played Honaker and won, 5-1, but lost to Damascus, 10-9, that afternoon. Sorey said the teams were tied in the bottom of the seventh with Damascus at bat, and Damascus scored the final run.