MILLEDGEVILLE — Capping off a successful weekend of softball at the Baldwin County Recreation Department, the 10 and Under All-Stars won the state championship to lead the County in the tournament.
Baldwin County fielded three teams in the tournament, with the 12 and under girls finishing in the runner-up spot in the Ponytails division and the 8 and under team placing third in the Darlings category, but snagged the Sportsmanship Award for the event.
“Baldwin County Parks and Recreation ran a great tournament. The facilities were great,” Josh Eady, 10 and under head coach, said. “I think the county really put themselves in a good light, so I think this was a good weekend for Baldwin County Parks and Recreation.”
Representing the county well, the 10 and under girls outscored their opponents 59-9 to win the tournament handily with the help of Eady and his assistants Jason Latimer and Werner Bandows.
“I think a level of unknown with this team was there, yes, but I don’t know if it was a surprise,” Eady said. “I think we expected to win, but to play as well as we did may have been a little bit of surprise.”
The team’s biggest struggle came against Columbia County in the play-in for the championship game, which Baldwin won 6-4 with Brayden Latimer pitching a complete game.
Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Latimer hit a triple to score Bailey Rollins and tie the ball game at four runs, before Cire Foston earned her first ever over-the-fence home run to put the team up two runs and win the game.
“It was as exciting as a 10 and under girls softball game could be, because we had gobs of folks there. It was really the comeback of the century if you ask me,” Eady said. “That’s when I figured out that we might be a team of destiny for this tournament, as far as that goes, when that happened. [Foston] had never hit a home run in her life and she hit an absolute bomb.”