12-U girls? CVL All-Star team competes in Babe Ruth World Series

Pictured back row, kneeling (left to right):?Laura Savage, Macy Sigel, Paisli Butler, Cameron White. Front row:?Jacey Wessel, Dani Klein, Elle Dragone, Jayden May, Emily Silhan, MicKelly Soyez, Jaden Slifer, Megan Neufeld, Chisholm Waner, Kiryn Bilhmaier. In addition to Savage, coaches included Ty Waner, Cory Riggs and Jake Sigel. The team includes athletes from Marion, Hillsboro, Centre, Council Grove and Cottonwood Falls. Photo Courtesy Charlotte Waner

The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All-Star softball team competed in the Babe Ruth World Series after finishing second with a 4-4 record at the Potosi, Missouri regional. They are the first CVL team to qualify for the World Series in the last 20 years, coach Randy Savage said. Despite not having finished high enough at state to advance to regionals, the team was asked to compete when another team backed out. The World Series was held in Alachua County, Florida, July 29 through August 4. The team went 0-5, and Savage said the team faced some tough opponents but also struggled offensively, in addition to playing in the rain. Offensive leaders in batting average were Macy Sigel (.600), MicKelly Soyez (.400) and Dani Klein (.333). ?I wished we could’ve got a win, but I think the girls realized they should’ve won (some of) those games on a normal day,??Savage said. ?They didn’t do anything to be upset about. It was just one of those days. We were extremely proud of how they played.?

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