Two years ago, New Site’s 8U All-Star softball team won its state championship, and now the girls are 10-year-olds and fighting for another state title. This year’s New Site 10U team just picked up the area championship in Anniston last weekend, absolutely demolishing its competition on the way.
In pool play, New Site started with a 15-0 shutout of Sardis. Caralina Tidwell led the way with two hits and three RBIs, while Paislee Sharpe drove in two runs with one single. Marley Trapp smacked a triple, and Alisa Foreman and Holland Gamble each contributed one hit. In the two-inning win, Sophie Price and Trapp combined for a no-hitter. Price had two strikeouts.
New Site then racked up 11 hits in a 13-1 victory over White Plains in the final game of pool play. In that game, it was Marigrace Jone who led the way earning four RBIs with two hits. Tidwell and Gamble also had two hits apiece, and Trapp, Lily Moss, Marlie Allen and Sharpe each had one. In the circle, Moss and Price combined for a no-hitter, each of them striking out three.
The pair of victories moved New Site straight to the semifinals, where it made easy work of Munford, 20-0. Jones and Foreman each drove in three runs, while Gamble paced the offense with a pair of hits. Trapp, Tidwell, Moss and Sharpe all had one hit each. Munford was the first team to notch a hit against New Site, but it managed only one. Moss had three strikeouts and Price added one.
In the championship game, the all-stars faced their closest competitor to that point, White Plains. But this time, it was no match for New Site, which earned a 17-0 victory to win the area title and punch its ticket to state.
Tidwell led New Site with three RBIs, and Trapp, Jones, Gracie Deason and Price had two each. Jones and Foreman both had two hits apiece, and Harper Hunter did her part by drawing a team-leading two walks.
Price went the three-inning distance in the championship and had her best outing of the day. She allowed just one hit while fanning seven.
New Site now advances to the state championships, which will be held today in Millbrook.