Hominy Valley 6U All Star Team Wins State Championship!Updated Thursday July 7, 2016 by Emily Sutton Dezio.
Top: Coach Adam Hamlin, Coach Jake Fish, Coach Daniel Byers, Coach Alex Franklin
Middle: Raigan Fisher, Kerrigan Phillips, Addie Franklin, Morgan Frady, Cami Godfrey, Savannah Frisbee
Bottom: Avry Tounzen-Hearns, Haley Fish, Etta Dezio, Ava Gibson, Millie Twitty, Kippen Byers
The Hominy Valley 6U All Star Team won the North Carolina State Championship in the Babe Ruth League State Softball 6U tournament in Clemmons, N.C. last weekend. This team is comprised of 13 girls from the Enka-Candler area who were selected to represent their recreational softball teams this Spring from the Hominy Valley Recreational League.
Coached by volunteer coach, Adam Hamlin, the Hominy Valley 6U All Star team has had an undefeated season. They swept the Fairview Invitational in four games the week of June 13, 2016. They scored 104 runs, and only had 47 runs scored against them. They followed up by sweeping their District Tournament at Erwin the week of June 20, 2016, scoring a total of 61 runs in three games with only 25 scored against them.
Coach Hamlin said, “the number one goal with girls this age is to have fun, and to try to teach fundamentals while you’re at it. I am so proud of these girls and their dedication to playing as a team. I started each practice and game with the importance of teamwork, and they played every game like a team. I think it paid off. You know the best part of coaching? Almost after every game, at least one girl would ask whether we won. The fact that they were having so much fun is why we do this.”
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, in their first game of the State Tournament, in the heat of the day, the Hominy Valley 6U All Stars won their first game against the Pitt C unty All Stars with a score of 24 to 8 ending early pursuant to the run/time rule.
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, the Hominy Valley 6U All Stars were challenged by McDowell County, who took a one-run lead during the 5th inning. With solid defense and a strong offense, the Hominy Valley 6U All Stars managed to squeak by with a win with a final score of 28 to 24.
For the championship game, the Hominy Valley 6U All Stars played Erwin Warriors All Stars from Leicester, N.C. During the first three innings, the score was close and the plays were fierce. But, the Hominy Valley 6U All Stars pulled ahead in the 4th inning, and never looked back. They took the championship with a final score of 12 to 5.
Catcher, Savannah Frisbee said, “we are undefeatable,” while casting a grin from ear to ear. Parent, Tony Dezio said “I am happy our daughter was involved in this program. I never thought this was possible when we signed up at Hominy Valley Recreational Park in February. I give credit to the dedication of the coaches, the leadership of the parents and the passion to the game of our daughters.”
Beneath the surface of their wins, is the concern for a fellow teammate, Mya Grace Phillips. Mya Grace has been battling cancer. She was unable to join her team on the field this year, but that didn’t stop her from rooting for her friends during the championship game. Within minutes of the win, Mya and her teammates exchanged video messages of pride and joy. These girls have dedicated their season, their prayers and the win to their friend, Mya.