From Coach Nick Yeary:
Well, 4 weekends in a row we make it to the Ship! We had a 7 game weekend and it was long and we were tired! We went 4 and 3 on the weekend but won when it mattered. Game 1 we lose a tight game to the Jax Fusion 3-1. Game 2 the girls came back strong and win 5-1 against a Georgia team we haven’t seen before. Game 3 was a team we have seen a few times before and we take a loss 3-1 again. Game 4 the bats were on fire
Rosie Foster pitched strong all day Saturday, keeping batters off balance. Foster pitched all 3 games in the tournament pool play only giving up 5 4 earned runs. The Lady Panthers didn't provide much help offensively on Saturday but were able to get the bats going in the semi-finals of tournament play on Sunday. The Panther won 7-1 against the #2 seed Lady Titans.
While the bats were cranking, Payton Bryan shut the door on the Titans lineup allowing only one late inning run.
The Panthers came up short in the championship round, Strikeforce made great defensive plays and took away the opportunities that the Panthers had to put runs on the board. Coach Mike Belus and the 18U Lady Panthers have reached 3 straight championships and are playing at a high level going into the USSSA State tournament and the summer.
Coach Kurt Schoeps said: "Great weekend Lady Panthers!!! You took home the finalist trophy."
The girls played their hearts out in this crazy sun all weekend and battled into the championship. #winning #panthernation