Playing on a world stage brings plenty of pressure, and the girls found that they were more than up to the task by perseverance. After losing their first two games in pool play, they bounced back to even their record. The icing on that cake was a 15-0 blowout of a team from the Czech Republic, sending Boone into the championship bracket.
That took some serious mettle. Keep in mind that these 11 young players are just 11, 12 and 13 years old, and they were facing teams from around the globe.
They’d already pulled off a squeaker against North Carolina in the Southeast Regional to reach the World Series. For some, the excursion out to Portland, Oregon, was their first cross-country trip and their first time on an airplane.
Ultimately, the Boone girls lost in the first round of the single-elimination championship bracket despite taking a lead into the fifth inning against an undefeated team. An eight-run spurt pushed the Louisiana team to the win, ending Boone’s championship hopes.
So the Boone team finished fifth, but remember, that was fifth in the whole world. Not fifth in Washington County. Not fifth in Northeast Tennessee, the state or the nation. What an amazing accomplishment that is.
Please join us in congratulating catcher Kyleigh Bacon; infielders Ava Saul, Riley Croley and Josie Jenkins; outfielders, Sadie Henson, Awna Kuykendall, Anna Richardson, Lillie Walters and Anna Grove; and pitchers/first basemen Kayleigh Musser and Kayleigh Quesinberry.
They’ve surely made their families and friends proud and represented Northeast Tennessee with class and strength. Here’s to more success in their young lives.