They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but the Chester-based VA Lady Titans would beg to differ. The female fast-pitch travel team just returned from Chattanooga, Tenn., where they won the National Softball Association 16U “A” Division Fast Pitch World Series, repeating what they had accomplished in 2009.
Matched up against the best teams in the country, the Titans went a perfect 8-0 to capture the coveted World Series Championship title. It was a very tough tournament, as the Titans had to play their best to win the crown. The team’s toughest test came in the final of the winner’s bracket when the Titan’s were down 3-1 with only three minutes left in the game.
Late in the ball game, an opposing hitter lined out to the Titans’ pitcher who was able to double the runner off of first. This gave the Titans one last at-bat and they made the most of it, scoring seven runs. In the bottom of the seventh, the Diamond Chix – the opposing team – loaded the bases and scored two runs before Carly Adams came in to relieve Taylor Thorpe and quell the fire for the win. The following day, the Diamond Chix came out of the losers’ bracket for another shot at the Titans. A two-hour rain delay with the Titans up 2-1 didn’t shake the Titans, and they were able to beat the Diamond Chix one last time (3-1) to clench the World Series.
“These girls played their hearts out and I’m really proud of them,” said head coach Ken Adams. “I feel like the Lord has really blessed us with the success that these girls have had.”
Hitting coach Mills Landreth was all smiles as the Titan bats were lethal throughout the tournament. Taylor Thorpe finished the week with a pitching record of 4-0, Elise Walton 3-0, and Carly Adams 1-0 , with Calyn Adams and Sydney Landreth handling the catching duties; playing solid defense in the infield were Walton (third base), Landreth (first), Courtney McNamara (second).
Patrolling the outfield were Jamie Barbour, Hannah Barnes, Maddy Martin, and Samantha Demsko.
The Titans also spent a second week in Chattanooga playing in the ASA Nationals where they finished 25th out of 174 teams.