The Graceville Angels All-Stars are STATE CHAMPIONS! The Graceville team made a clean sweep of it in Bristol this past weekend, wasting no time in taking the hardware and heading back to Graceville.
In game one, they defeated Lakeland 13-1 before shutting out Liberty County 10-0. In the final game, it was another shutout with a 6-0 win over Lakeland to claim the title.
Brianna Adams pitched four scoreless innings in the semifinal game against Liberty County, giving up only two hits and fanning 11 batters.
Haley Williams was in the circle for the championship game and went five shutout innings. Williams surrendered just two hits also, and sat eight batters down on strikeouts.
After claiming the state championship, the Graceville team was also awarded the Carson Faircloth Sportsmanship Award for the tournament. The Dixie Youth Sportsmanship Award was named after Carson Faircloth, a 14-year old full-of-life child who lost her battle with diabetes in July of 2011. The award has special meaning to this group of girls from Jackson County with many of them knowing her or members of her family. A class performance on the diamond and off the diamond for these players!
The season has been nothing short of phenomenal for this team. They completed the regular season undefeated at 12-0. In district play, the won four of five games to take the district championship before sweeping the state tournament to garnish the State title. They are 19-1 for the 2017 season and looking for more.
The girls will take a day or two off from practice before they are back on the diamond getting ready for the World Series. They will leave the end of July with the World Series starting July 29 in Alexandria, Louisiana. The girls will also be fundraising to help offset the costs of travel, lodging, and meals. You may contact any player, parent, coach, or Graceville City Hall should you wish to help.
The publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times congratulates the Graceville girls, coaches, parents, and fans on an outstanding season and wishes them the best at the World Series.