With a state championship already in their possession, the Tri-City All-Stars’ quest for a trip to the Junior League World Series ended in the Central Regional Tournament at South Holland, Illinois.
Tri-City lost two of three games in pool play, falling to Wisconsin 9-0 and Iowa 15-4 after opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Nebraska. Tri-City fell 14-0 to Ohio, the eventual tournament champion, in the first round of the tournament after the conclusion of pool play.
“The coaching staff and the parents of these young ladies are so very proud of the effort they showed during the tournament,” said Tri-City coach Merrill Galloway. “The game has shown them, whether winning or losing, it is how you played the game and that determines the true winner. Good sportsmanship and team unity is a must in order to advance in these games. The level of play is so much higher and they have learned so much during the trip to Illinois.”
Destiny Cornett-Clark pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks as she earned the win against Nebraska.
Hannah Johnson led the Tri-City offense with three singles. Emily Sizemore and Mikalyn Foutch added two singles each. Allee Galloway, T.C. Somersall, Emily Collett, Hannah Rodrigues, Haven Saylor, Brandy Adams and Cornett-Clark contributed one single each.
Johnson and Collett each had two hits in Tri-City’s loss to Wisconsin. Somersall added one hit. Cornett-Clark and Emily Robinson shared mound duty.
Johnson, Foutch and Madison Banks each had one hit to lead the Kentucky champions against Iowa. Johnson scored two runs, while Somersall and Adams scored one each. Cornett-Clark pitched a complete game.
Galloway said the tournament was a great experience for his players.
“The Chicago regional tournament staff stated on several occasions that our group of young ladies is well behaved, and that shows people away from the mountains that they are well mannered and respectful to others,” he said. “Mountain pride will take these young ladies far in life because they have real respect for the game. This has been a journey full of memories that will last them a lifetime. The girls are a great bunch of kids, and I want to thank all the parents for allowing myself and the coaching staff the opportunity to become part of the family during such a short time.”