Sun Devils looking to bring home national softball title
By Lauren Jette
If the success of the Liberty Hill 14-and-under Sun Devils softball team is any indication, the future of Lady Panther softball looks promising.
The team of all-stars is competing in the PONY World Series this weekend at Crosby Sports Complex in Houston. The team went undefeated on its way to the Central Texas Regional Tournament championship.
The Sun Devils are competing in pool play and will face off against three other teams in their pool this week. After that they will be ranked according to wins and losses for double elimination bracket play Friday.
“We’ve been practicing two to three times a week and playing tournaments on the weekend,” Team Business Manager James Macias said in a phone interview from Houston Wednesday.
The opening ceremony was held Tuesday, with 139 teams from 6-and-under up to 16-and-under being introduced. In the 14-and-under division, the Sun Devils are competing against 20 other teams.
The Sun Devils went undefeated in a warm-up tournament in Georgetown and the Austin Sectionals tournament before winning the regional tournament, stringing together 14 wins in a row heading into pool play.
Macias said this team of 13 girls, including 11 incoming freshmen at Liberty Hill High School, an incoming eighth grader, and an incoming seventh grader, have been playing together four to six years.
“(The girls) have mostly known each other since Kindergarten,” Macias said. “They play well together and find a way to work together.
“We have a target on our backs,” he added. “The other teams here know we are undefeated.”
Comprised of All-Stars selected from the three age-group teams in the Liberty Hill Youth League, the Sun Devils started the post-season in mid-May.
To follow along with the action, a link to the Sun Devils’ Game Changer site can be found on their Facebook page, Liberty Hill Sun Devils.