Tri-City 11-12 girls’ softball: State Champs!

Submitted to Dorchester Banner The Tri-City Little League 11-12 girls’ softball team celebrated their state championship title July 11 after their beating Delmar in Pocomoke.

Submitted to Dorchester Banner
The Tri-City Little League 11-12 girls’ softball team celebrated their state championship title July 11 after their beating Delmar in Pocomoke.

POCOMOKE – There are some proud parents and coaches in North Dorchester nowadays, after the District 6 Tri-City Little League 11-12 girls earned the state softball majors division title on July 11. The following day, Tri-City’s 11-12 boys grabbed the District 6 title, and will compete for their state championship on July 21.
The girls’ march to the top got off to a rough start, when they lost the first game of the tournament. But then, “Our girls ripped off five straight wins,” a statement from the league said.
Coach Jeff Robinson, whose daughter is on the team, was pretty proud himself.
“All I can say is that it is easy to coach a team that is willing to learn the game. When we are down, they don’t let it bother them,” he said. “They keep fighting until the end.”
In the championship game, the North Dorchester ladies beat Delmar 12-5. Next stop is Bristol, Conn., where they will vie for regional honors.
The girls have won not only a title, but also the respect and admiration of many fans in the county. Chuckie Hayward said on social media, “What an accomplishment! I can’t say how much I’m impressed with their drive and enthusiasm.”
The statement from Tri-City continued, “We want to thank Pocomoke Little League for hosting and putting on a great tournament. We also want to thank all the other teams in the tournament for playing hard each and every game and showing great sportsmanship. Well done to all the young ladies, coaches and parents.”
Now, the girls, their coaches, parents and supporters are mobilizing to get the group to Connecticut. Fundraising events are being held, and a Gofundme account has been opened.
“Please help support our girls and their families as they embark on this opportunity of a lifetime,” the statement said. “The tournament will require several hours and vehicles for travel, multiple nights in hotel rooms, and food for a team of 13 girls. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.”
The team’s players are Emilee Cohee, Chayla Creighton, Bailie Dickinson, Alexis Hayward, Gracie Hoffman, Maggie Hubbard, Destiny Jackson, Cassidy Mowbray, Maddie Nagel, Brooke Outten, Emma Robinson, Kiley Tyson and Averi Warfield. Coaches are Chuck Creighton, Larry Nagel and Jeff Robinson.
On July 12, it was the boys’ turn to celebrate, as the 11-12 squad beat host Cambridge to capture the District 6 title.
“Tri-City went undefeated through the tournament to bring home the title for the first time since 1991,” the statement said. “Congratulations to these young men for representing Tri-City and giving it their all.”
The statement continued, “To all the Cambridge players and coaches, you all played an excellent tournament. Thank you to Cambridge Little League for having the fields in awesome shape and hosting a great tournament.”
Laurie Huber had some kind words for all the Cambridge boys and their North Dorchester neighbors, saying, “It was a hard-fought battle. Even though we fell short, these boys never gave up. Second place in the district isn’t bad at all. Congratulations to Tri-City and good luck at states! Thank you coaches Keith Gray, Brandon Hesson and Lee Rose for everything.
The Tri-City boys will next play at 6 p.m. July 21 in Hagerstown.
To contribute to the girls’ trip, visit https://www.gofundme.com/softball-state-champs-to-ct.
“Don’t count us out, we are coming to play,” Mr. Robinson said. “No matter what happens.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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