TAYLOR COUNTY—The WV Renegades, a 16U softball travel team with three players from the Grafton Bearcats girls’ team on their roster, recently played in an all-star tournament at the Pinesburg Softball Complex in Williamsport, MD from July 6th-7th.
The Renegades, with Aubree Collins, Mia Chambers, and Frederique Maloley of GHS leading the way, defeated the Pennsylvania Krunch (out of Harrisburg) 8-1.
They next topped the SYSC (Suburban York Softball Club) Trojans 7-1 and the Maryland Chill (out of Baltimore) 5-3 to earn the tournament’s #2 seed.
As the #2 seed, the Renegades beat the MVSA Storm (out of Gaithersburg) 13-0 to earn a berth in the semifinals.
In the semis, the Renegades were victorious in a rematch against the Maryland Chill by the score of 7-4.
The Renegades’ luck would run out, however, in the championship game as they lost a hard-fought battle to the Great Falls Sharks, a tough opponent out of Fairfax, VA. The score of that contest would ultimately be 6-5 in favor of the Sharks and allowed the Renegades to claim a second-place finish.
“The girls have started to mature in the sport,” stated Renegades’ head coach Gary Chambers. “They are learning that each of them has a role and they are fulfilling those roles to the best of their abilities. This is a very unselfish team and these young ladies are more than willing to sacrifice their own stats and pride to do what needs to be done for the team. We were undefeated in pool play and finally broke the bracket curse and played our way into the championship game. I foresee this team going to many more championships.”
During the tournament, each coach picked an MVP from the opposing team after every game. Collins and Chambers were picked twice, while Maloley was picked once.
The Renegades will be back in action at the Mo’Town Mayhem tournament on July 13-14 in Morgantown.