~ PVN staff report
TREASURE COAST, FLA., July 27 — After a slightly disappointing 2-3 run through Pool Play at the 2022 Babe Ruth 12U Softball World Series, the Shenandoah 12U All-Stars went 3-0 in bracket play and captured the Diamond Bracket championship on Wednesday.
After three days of Pool Play, 10 of the 14 teams at the tournament earned a slot in the World Series Bracket. Unfortunately, Shenandoah (2-3) ranked 11th and missed the cut-off by one slot. The World Series Bracket quickly narrowed to six teams, and the eight eliminated teams began play in the Diamond Bracket.
In their final three games, Shenandoah outscored their opponents 44-7 — starting with a 13-0 win over Puerto Rico on Monday. The Shenandoah All-Stars received Puerto Rican flags from their opponents after the game.
On Tuesday, Shenandoah defeated the TCAA Wildcats of Florida, 20-5; before taking the Diamond Bracket championship over Force Lightning of Berkshire, Mass., 11-2, on Wednesday afternoon.
During that championship game, their opponents heard a lot of this:
Who are we? Shenandoah! Who are we? Shenandoah!
What are we gonna do? Stick it to ’em!
And they did.
In the championship game, Shenandoah jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning, sending a total of 12 hitters to the plate. They would collect five hits during the inning, including a double by Caelyn “KK” Lucas, a standup triple by Veronica Yorro, and an infield single by Adison Caton that accounted for two runs each.
As a team, Shenandoah belted nearly a dozen hits, including a triple in the third by Abigail Shifflett, a double in the fourth by Avery Orman, and a two-run double in the fifth by Kaylee Cubbage.
The Shenandoah Rec League’s 12U All-Stars captured the 2022 Babe Ruth Softball Southeast Region championship on July 15 in Clemmons, North Carolina, outscoring their opponents 60-4 over four games.
They reached the southeast regional after winning the Virginia state title on July 3, taking four of five games over a four-day stretch at the 2022 Babe Ruth Softball State Tournament in Wise, Va.
Shenandoah’s 12U Major/60 All-Stars are headed to the far Northeast to compete in the Cal Ripken 2022 12U Major/60 World Series in Waterville, Maine on Aug. 4-14. A dozen teams from across the U.S., including eight regional champions, will compete over 10 days in the first Cal Ripken World Series to ever be held in Maine. Games will be livestreamed from Purnell Wrigley Field in Waterville and Maine’s Fenway in Oakland.