Gates 12U girls win first-ever District championship

Published 6:06 pm Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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Over the course of summer league youth softball history in Gates County, no team has ever advanced to the Tarheel State Tournament.

That is until now.

Last week in Williamston, the Gates 12U team went undefeated, winning the District 7 championship and earning a berth on the Tar Heel Leagues State Tournament.

Members of the Gates 12U softball team are shown after winning last week’s District 7 tournament in Williamston. Pictured are, front row from left, Lacey Berryman, Marli Wiggins, Kamryn Riddick, Raigen Maslowski, and Claire Jones. Middle row, from left, are McKenzie Rickerson, Zoey Nowell, Aubrey Lolies, and Khloe Watson. Back row, from left, are coaches Travis Riddick, Travis Maslowski, and Renee Nowell. Not pictured are Lauren Ross and Haleigh Jordan. Contributed Photo

Gates opened the District tournament on July 6 with a 13-3 win over Ahoskie. They met the Camden All-Stars in a Friday, July 8 match-up. That game lasted only a few innings before heavy rain forced a postponement. Gates came back on Saturday and posted a 12-2 win over Camden.

Later on Saturday, Gates faced Camden again (who had worked their way through the loser’s bracket). Gates prevailed again, this time by an 11-5 score which earned the local girls the District title.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have youth softball and baseball back in action at the community center,” said Norris Raby, the Center’s Director. ‘It was a great spring that saw kids ages 7 through 15 getting to play the game they love. To be able to send kids to play in the District 7 Tarheel All Star Tournament was another milestone highlighted by our very own 12U softball team lifting the first place trophy. We are proud of the kids, parents and coaches that helped make this season a reality!”

The Tar Heel Leagues State Tournament is set for July 21-24 in Smithfield. Gates will meet the District 5 champion in opening round action.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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