Losing a game is rough on its own, but losing a game in a major tournament is even more heartbreaking. However, the losers’ bracket is where dreams can be made again.
The schedule in this bracket is rough, with teams playing into the 11 o’clock hour at night and then having to turn around and play an 8 a.m. game the following day and continue playing throughout the day.
These teams have sweated through the heat and the humidity. They have played with sore legs and sore arms. They have given their heart and soul to the game they love.
The Angels Premier, from Topeka, Kansas, hold the grit and spirit of a team that won’t give up. They finished the day on the exact field they started on 13 hours after their 7 a.m. arrival for warm-ups. The Angels played five games straight from 8 a.m. until the final out in extra innings put an end to their glorious run.
Head Coach of the Angels, Scott Dial, was swelling with pride when asked how proud of his team he was, “Extremely, they just keep surprising us each tournament. They’ve done well all year, but I didn’t think we would win five in a row in the loser’s bracket. I’m extremely proud of the girls and the heart that they showed.”
The Angels went 5-1 in the loser’s bracket after losing to Gametime Stars Gold in extra innings. Marrit Mead’s mom could be heard telling the other parents how proud she was of the girls and how they were superstars for playing five games straight without a break.
The Angels are headed home from the tournament tonight, but they can leave knowing that they played their hardest and played with the all their heart until the very end.