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|La. Fusion named champs|
The Louisiana Fusion 8 & Under girls from Northeast Louisiana, traveled to Round Rock, Texas on July 27, 2010 to begin their journey to becoming National Champions. The days began with an opening ceremony held at the Dell Diamond, home of Round Rock Express, Triple A-Affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Each team was introduced and paraded around the entire stadium in style like the professionals. The legendary pin trading began at the opening ceremonies, where each team brought a lapel pin that represented their individual team and home state. Once the word got out about the Louisiana Fusion, girls from the older age divisions as well as our own division started to seek our team in search of the number one most desired pin.
Pool play was to begin on July 28, 2010 but due to rain delays our girls enjoyed a day filled with swimming at our hotel (the Springhill Inn & Suites of North Austin). Later that afternoon the coaches carried them to Austin Park where they rode go carts, bumper boats, and climbed the rock wall. Just the type of day the girls needed to prepare them for the hard work ahead in the days that would follow.
Our roster as listed below was 10 girls strong through out the competition.
Kailyn Bene Briley No. 22, aka "KB" is the daughter of Todd and Brandy Briley and the granddaughter of Jimmy and Marilyn Porter, Fred and Kay Teresa.
Carlye Jo Rothschild No.7, aka "Hollywood" is the daughter of Steven and Kristina Rothschild, and the granddaughter of Terry and Rogi Lasyone, Debra Thomas, Louis Rothschild.
Madison Parker No.3, aka "Bat Masterson" is the daughter of TJ and Brandy Parker, and the granddaughter of Terry and Sue Parker, Mike and Sandy Evans.
Kendyl Patton No.1, aka "KP" is the daughter of Shane and Shawn Patton, and the granddaughter of Sandra and Sig Gorman, Barbara Patton and the late Jerry Bennett, and George Patton.
Jenna Farrar No. 2, aka "LayLay" is the daughter of Christy and Cody Wheeler and the granddaughter of Phil and Teri Clark, Lugene and Wayne Qualls.
Bailey Barham No.00, aka "BayBay" is the daughter of Berry and Camielle Barham, and the granddaughter of Edwards and Bennie Barham, Jack and Mandy Robichaux.
Lauren Petrus No. 4, aka "Lucky" is the daughter of Preston and Casey Petrus, and the granddaughter of Joe and Linda Petrus, Roger and Diane Brixey.
Jordan Sanders No. 5 aka "JoJoBama" is the daughter of Christy Sanders, and the granddaughter of Bo and Patti Malone.
Sarah Tilmon No. 13 is the daughter of John and Wendi Tilmon, and the granddaughter of Ron and Sharon Tilmon, Winston and Ann sims.
Morgan Lewis No. 12 aka "Rocket" is the daughter of Mike and Laura Lewis, and the granddaughter of Jim and Roslyn Lawson, Nell Lewis.
The coaching staff included Head Coach Terry Parker, and Assistant Coaches TJ Parker, Shane Patton, and Kristina Rothschild, and Managed by Marilyn Porter. Although this team of coaches is not often the quiet ones on the field it is apparent they had given these girls what they need to play the game of softball and prepare for the competition.
July 29, 2010 the Louisiana Fusion started off with a big bang in pool play defeating the Texas Kryptonite 13-0. Madison Parker started off the homeruns for the Fusion Team smashing one to left, center field. Each girl that hit a homerun was presented with a homerun ball at the end of each game. The next opponent in pool play was the Leander Majestix. The Louisiana Fusion homeruns continued with our leadoff batter K.B. Briley's solo shot to center field was only the beginning to a victory over Majestix of 10-3. The last game of pool play the Louisiana Fusion faced Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Thunder, after successfully knocking a hole in there ship the Fusion just missed a victory with a score of 16-11.
July 30, 2010 bracket play begins with the Louisiana Fusion vs RGV Thunder again ended in victory for the Fusion with a score of 17-10. The excitement on the field during this bracket game was heard all over the complex These little Louisiana girls came to win. July 31, 2010 was the final day of play in tournament. Louisiana Fusion had there work cut out for them, but the girls were physically and mentally prepared for the task, with only three games to conquer and reach victory these ten young ladies, dug their cleats in the dirt and entered in the mind frame of sheer focus and determination to reach victory in the big state of Texas.
Bracket game two the Louisiana Fusion faced Team Evolution. Although the competition was steep Louisiana Fusion prevailed once again, Morgan Lewis aka "Rocket" stroked a beautiful homerun to left field continuing our dominating bats assisting the Fusion with defeating the Evolution 16-12. Bracket game 3 the semi-finals game the Louisiana Fusion vs Texas Kryptonite. After a nail biting experience the Fusion bats proved once again to be simply amazing, Carlye Rothschild aka "Hollywood" drove one to deep center field for another homerun for the Fusion offense. The game ended in victory with a score of 14-13.
The taste of victory was lingering in the air. The Louisiana Fusion had advanced to the Championship game where they would once again go to battle with the RGV Thunder. The first inning was scoreless for both teams. In the bottom of the second Kendyl Patton aka "KP" leadoff for Louisiana Fusion with a screaming ball hit to deep center field scoring the first run of the game with another homerun for the Fusion team. After the top of the third inning the Louisiana Fusion held the RGV Thunder to another scoreless inning, and in the bottom half of the inning the Fusion girls cranked up those beautiful bats again to score the maximum runs allowed advancing them to a 7-2 lead over RGV Thunder. Many great defensive plays in the innings that followed the Louisiana Fusion entered the top of the sixth inning with only one goal in mind. "HOLD EM" with the score of 8-5 our defense stood its ground, catching two line drives, one to Madison Parker at short stop and one to Jordan Sanders at third base. Two outs and a runner at second the tension and excitement was unimaginable but the Fusion defense stood its ground and ended RGV Thunder's chance at victory. As the crowd went wild the Louisiana Fusion had reached their goal in becoming the National Champions in Round Rock, Texas.