Kingstree Little League girls’ softball team brings home not one but two championship banners. The 11-12 year old group rolled through the district and the state championships undefeated and hope to continue that streak as they head to Georgia for the regional championship.
The Kingstree Little League old softball team brought home not one, but two championship banners and are working toward a third. The 11-12 year old Kingstree “Kobras” dominated both the district and state tournaments in Myrtle Beach. They faced Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach in the district games June 21- 23: beating Myrtle Beach 15-8 and North Myrtle Beach 14-13 and sealing their fate as district champions for the 2012 Little League SC District # 5 season.
The team returned to Myrtle Beach for a state tournament held July 9 - 11. They played their first game against Irmo and were able to rattle them by their ability to steal and score. Irmo’s offense was not able to handle the Kobras that has universal players that can effectively bunt and drive the ball and fell 15-5.
The Kobras then faced off against North Myrtle Beach. Both teams fought hard, with each team scoring. The sixth inning saw the game tied 10-10, however the girls gained their second wind and in the 7th scored nine runs, sealing a 19-10 victory.
The double elimination tournament had the Kobras battling North Myrtle Beach in a dual for the title. The girls sent their opposition home in a fourth inning 15-5 shutout. “We have an excellent offensive team with consistent hitters but our best weapon is the ability to score,” said team manager Diane Tyler-Baylor.The team came home to banners and appreciation. The Town of Kingstree honored the state champions during a July 16, council meeting. “This has been a costly and a once in a lifetime opportunity for this team, this town and South Carolina,” said Baylor. “We would like to thank the community for their donations which made this dream a reality.”
At time of press, the team was representing the state in the Little League Southeastern Regionals in Warner Robins, Georgia. If successful, the team will advance to the Little League World Series.