Just a year ago, New Site’s 10U all-star softball team had to settle for third in the state championships after winning it all as an 8U team the year prior. But now, the girls are back on top after they won four games in a row, including a 6-4 defeat of Phenix City, to win the state title.
“It’s a great feeling,” New Site coach Jason Moss said. “They put the work in and did what they were supposed to do. It paid off.”
New Site was absolutely dominating to begin the tournament Friday afternoon. It defeated Dadeville, 18-0, and racked up 15 hits on the way to the win. All but two all-stars had at least one hit. Marley Trapp, Caralina Tidwell, Lily Moss, Alisa Foreman, Harper Hunter and Sophie Price each had a pair of hits, and Moss led the way with a staggering five RBIs. Price racked up three RBIs, and Gracie Deason also drove in a pair of runs.
Moss, Price and Trapp each threw an inning and combined for a no-hitter. They nearly had all nine outs via strikeout. Moss and Trapp each fanned three, and Price struck out a pair.
New Site then turned around Saturday morning and defeat Alexander City, which had previously defeated it in area play. But this time, New Site’s pitching was too much to handle as AC was limited to just one hit in the 10-2 game. Moss went the three-inning distance and struck out eight. Neither of the runs she allowed was earned.
Offensively, New Site was led by Moss and Foreman, who each had a pair of hits. Moss, Marigrace Jones and Holland Gamble all plated two runs apiece.
Moss was back on her game with a four-inning shutout with a 5-0 defeat of Phenix City. She struck out a staggering 10 batters and walked only two while allowing just one hit. New Site did just enough offensively to earn the win. Tidwell and Jones both had two hits apiece, while Gamble contributed a single and an RBI.
In the championship, New Site got off to a great start, rocketing out to a five-run lead after one full inning. Although Phenix City slowly but surely clawed back, New Site held it off for the 6-4 victory. New Site was extremely well-balanced in the win as seven different players contributed seven total hits. Tidwell smacked a double, while Trapp, Moss, Jones, Deason, Paislee Sharpe and Harper each had a single.
In the circle, Moss threw the complete game. She allowed seven hits but gave up just two earned runs and struck out eight.
“All of the girls played really well,” coach Moss said. “They did better than they have in a long time. They put everything together.”