CLOVER — The Clover Parks and Recreation Department’s 10U girls’ All-Star softball team advanced to but lost Saturday’s championship game of the first South Carolina/North Carolina Recreational All-Star Tournament at Ferguson Park in Gastonia, N C.
“All of the girls played their hearts out all day long,” said head coach Britt Dickerson of the team’s effort in the Battle of the Border event.
The Clover team lost to Gastonia’s No. 1 all-star team Friday night before rebounding to reach the tournament title game.
The Clover team defeated Gastonia’s No. 2 team 13-2 and eliminated the York all-star team 14-5 to reach the tournament finals.
“By the time our kids made it to the championship game, they had been playing all day in the hot sun and were getting tired,” said Dickerson, who coached the unbeaten Vipers team this season. “They hung in there the first two innings and just got tired after that.”
Dickerson commended the team for its all-out effort in the title game.
“I am extremely proud of all of the girls,” said Clover head coach. “They played very good against an obviously more experienced and older team in the championship game.”
The Clover 10U All-Star roster is: Brynn Dickerson, SS; Brittany Galaviz, LC; Autumn Huskey, LC; Jayden Yukob, RF, 1B; Kaiden Quinn, P, 1B; Abbie Welborn, 3B; Shelby Carpenter, P, RF; Addyson Cina, 2B; Janelle Carter, RC; Shelby Thompson, RC; Allison Clapp, C; Gracie McSwain, LF.
The Clover 10U All-Star team was made up of the top players from the two Clover teams.
Meanwhile, the Clover Parks and Recreation Department’s 12U Girls All-Star team reaped the benefits of competing in the Battle of the Border event.
“We lost twice but competed well,” said head coach Ronnie Jenkins after the team’s final appearance in the Gastonia-based tournament. “It was a good learning experience for the kids.”
Jenkins said several practices were rained out, slowing the process of the team meshing.
“I hope the tournament experience will help prepare the kids for school ball,” he said.
Jenkins likes the tournament format, matching South Carolina and North Carolina teams in border showdowns.
“It’s less travel time than traveling to Aiken,” said Jenkins. “We would’ve lost by wider margins at Aiken. I am proud of our kids.”