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Columbia County All-Stars take state title

Posted: July 2, 2014 - 12:10am  |  Updated: July 2, 2014 - 3:27am
 The Columbia County Parks and Recreation 11/12 girls fastpitch softball all-stars won the state Dixie Tournament over the weekend in Perry, Ga. It was the third consecutive state title for the 11/12 Ponytails.  Special Photo
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The Columbia County Parks and Recreation 11/12 girls fastpitch softball all-stars won the state Dixie Tournament over the weekend in Perry, Ga. It was the third consecutive state title for the 11/12 Ponytails.

 

The Columbia County Parks and Recreation 11/12 Girls All-Stars continued their recent dominance in the state of Georgia over the weekend.

While there were just three teams participating in the state tournament in Perry, Ga., the All-Stars exhibited their prowess.

They beat Taylor County 15-0 on Friday then swept Schley County on Saturday and Sunday by 12-4 scores.

“We played really well. I wished we had a little more competition,” said All-Stars coach Scott McChesney, adding that the Dixie organization in Georgia used to have more teams in the mix.

The All-Stars will next play in the 2014 Dixie Softball World Series beginning August 4 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

To get ready for the World Series, the All-Stars will get ready much the same way as they did for the state tournament – by playing local travel teams.

“We scrimmaged the Rockers the week before we left,” said McChesney. “It was a good wake-up call for us because they pretty much stomped us. It put the girls back in place.”

The biggest thing McChesney has in place is depth, especially on the mound. He has four pitchers, which is important because if a pitcher throws more than two innings in a game she can’t pitch the following day.

McChesney said it was a total team effort that brought home the state title with a different person coming through every day.

“Our pitching was great,” McChesney said. “We only used three pitchers this time but all three did their job and I’d have to check the stats but I’d say we hit .400.”

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