Local softball players in Little League World Series

WHITLEY COUNTY — Good teams will lose a game, be upset for awhile, and move on. Great teams suffer a loss, learn as much as possible from it and find a way to get further next time.

One local softball team is showing the competition why they should be considered a great team.

After near losses the last couple of seasons, the District 10 All Stars softball team is now advancing to the Little League Softball Senior Softball World Series. The team, featuring three Whitley County players, now travels to Delaware for the World Series which concludes Aug. 5.

Churubusco’s Madison Simmons and Kurstin Clark, as well as Columbia City’s Hayley Urban, help lead the way for the All Stars which feature players from Central Noble, Homestead, Leo and Snider. Simmons is a catcher for the team. Clark is an outfielder and Urban plays third base for the All Stars.

Most of the girls on the team have been together for three years. They remember losing out three years ago in the state finals in extra innings. Then losing last year by one run in the regional championship game. But now, the team has taken those experiences and put them to good use.

Two weeks ago the team beat the girls from Elkhart to win the state title. The All Stars followed that state championship up by winning the regional crown against teams from Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa in some intense games. Now the girls face competition from around the world. As Central champs, the team finds itself in a pool with Canada, Europe-Africa, Southwest and West. But there are also teams from Latin America and Asia at the tournament.

The first game for the All Stars was against a team from Hawaii which won the West division. Then they face the Southeast Champ followed by the team from Canada.

Girls on the team range in age from 13-16. They play out of the Don Ayres Little League in Fort Wayne. ESPN will be televising several of the games throughout the tournament. For more information about the history of the tournament fans can visit seniorsoftballws.org.

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