The Superior Fastpitch 12U softball team, which consists of several area players, took part in the VIP Series C Heartland World Series last weekend. They performed extremely well, going a perfect 3-0 in bracket play to take home first place in the White bracket.
Pool play was a grind, as Superior's bracket consisted of most of the teams playing for championships in each of the brackets of the tournament. Superior opened the tournament with an 11-3 loss to the Slammers, before edging the Sedalia Lady Bombers 7-6. They then beat Chaos 12U Hinrichs 9-2, before ending pool play with a 9-2 loss to Crush, who finished pool play 4-0.
There were a total of four brackets in 12U and Superior played in the White bracket, where they tore through the first two games. After a bye, Superior cruised to a 6-0 win over Explosion II Dynamite, before mashing their way to a 10-0 win over the Sedalia Lady Bombers. That put Superior in the championship of the double-elimination bracket, where they beat Lady Legends 4-1 to take the championship. Head coach Tony Lauth was extremely proud of how his team responded to adversity, which they have all year long.
"Our girls pulled together really well. It's been a battle all season. About mid-season we had a rough patch and they really just came together," said the Superior head coach. "I mean, they had fun. They basically had a great time, they had fun up there playing seven games in four days. The atmosphere up there was totally different when the girls touched the field.
"In bracket play, they knew they had to put some wins on the board, but they bared down really hard, played great defense and hit the ball like they know they could," continued coach Lauth. "It just finally showed for them that they were ready for that kind of play."
Coach Lauth stressed that his team's success was a real team effort that came from all their bats clicking and getting great defense behind strong pitching.
"We didn't have one girl that was any better than the rest. Our girls play very well together and we had several girls with clutch hits," said coach Lauth. "Our defense was stellar, we didn't have any errors out of play, so that was great. Our pitching was on point with Emma Ray out of Dixon and our girls hit really well."
This tournament wraps up Superior's season as a 12U team. Because a lot of the players will age out of the 12U age division, they'll look to build a 14U team. Superior 14U will hold tryouts this Thursday at Schuman Park. While this is the last iteration of this exact 12U team, coach Lauth is extremely proud of what they accomplished.
"The biggest take away is that these girls really played for themselves. All year, our coaching staff has done what we could to get them there, even in the winter months. We put the tools in their toolbox, but it was up to them to use them," said the Superior head coach. "They pulled together as a team. As a coach, it was really nice to see the girls, it really clicked for them...I couldn't speak more highly of this crew of girls that we've had all season."