The cameras were set. The girls were cheering. The 12U championship game between the Georgia Impact and the OC Batbusters (Garcia) kicked off at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Both teams had worked their way through opposite sides of the winners bracket to make it to their first championship berth of the World Fastpitch Championships.
The first two innings of the game left runners on base, but the competition was fierce.
The Batbusters hit a single to get one runner on in the third inning. On a pass ball, one runner scored, while later on a single drove in the other runner.
Emilie Lapena, outfielder, said, “We were just trying to get on and let the other batters behind us do the work and score us in.”
Georgia responded to the call in the fourth inning. A line drive to left scored one for the Impact.
Batbuster Lacie Ham was a steady player throughout the tournament as she dominated the mound. Her solid pitching helped the Batbusters win the game 2-1.
“I just tried to listen to my teammates in the background to keep cheering me on. That is what keeps me going and focused and confident in my pitching,” Ham said.
As the girls dog-piled on the pitchers mound, head coach Chris Garcia laughs.
“We are excited. We knew it would be a tough game playing these guys. Georgia Impact is a solid team,” Garcia said.
“It is heart and desire for us. These girls have fought hard and they have trained hard and it came down to this final game. They have worked hard all year to compete in July. This is how we measure our success,” Garcia said.
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