In the photo, front row, from left, Makenah Fanton, Rylee Whiting, Hannah Southwick, Brynn Hallock, Teagan Burke and Coach Matt Burke. Back row, Coach Adrian Whiting, Jana Thomas, Emily Stuck, Lindsay Stuck, Courtney Marsh and Caelyn Stevens.
The Wellsville Dawgs traveled to the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome January 13 and 14 and played seven games throughout the weekend. To get to nationals wasn’t easy, as the team played into the night and early morning to win at 1:30 a.m.
They defeated teams from Pennsylvania, Delaware/Maryland, and New Jersey. The Dawgs defeated the Pocono Pride, 12-10 in a wild championship game which ended with the Pride leaving the bases loaded in the last inning.
The championship game started at midnight and the last out was recorded at approximately 1:30 a.m!
The Dawgs will now have a slot reserved the last July weekend in Maryland for the USSSA 16u Nationals.
“It was a pretty cool experience to play a game starting at midnight. The Dawgs softball organization is about creating opportunities for players and lasting memories,” said Coach Matt Burke. “This tournament will be a great memory for our young ladies. We actually had two opportunities to qualify because one qualifier was Saturday and another qualifier was Sunday. We made good on our first opportunity on Saturday.”
The Dawgs traveled to Wilkes-Barre in 2022, capturing a title and an automatic birth in the 14u USSSA B Qualifier.