The Melissa Youth Sports Association announced announced the recent success of their youngest athletes.
The 6-and-under softball team entered itsend of season Memorial Day tournament with justthree losses on the season.
Due to inclement weather throughout the week, the girls spent their Memorial Day Monday out of school playing softball. Entering the final day of the "true" double elimination tournament, the Cardinals still had not lost.
Facing Whitewright in the first game of the morning, they defeated the Tigers 17-13. After a long break between games, the Lady Cardinals faced S&S, a team that beat them by a single run in the regular season.
S&S handed the Cardinals their first loss of the tournament by a score of 16-5. Proving their resilience, the Lady Cardinals battled through the losers bracket with their next opponent being Van Alstyne. The Cardinals sent the Panthers home with a 9-3 victory.
Facing the S&S Rams for the second time in the same day, and starting their third consecutive game in a row, the girls were hot and tired but ready to play. They took the Rams into extra innings and pulled off a 13-12 victory. handing the Rams their first loss of the double elimination tournament.
These two teams were to meeat again, however. The Cardinals faced the Rams for third time, this time for the tournament championship.
Melissa showed its strength and determination in the fifth and final game of the day. Their bats came alive and with only three strikeouts the entire game, the Lady Cardinals brought home MYSA’s first ever 6U softball end-of-season championship with a solid 13-1 victory.
The 13 player roster consisted of Erin Anderson, Emily Benedetto, Madison Beyer, Mikayla Coyner, Alexandria Huth, Emily Johnson, Macie Keever, Suanne "Grace" McDaniel, Kimberleigh Ortega, Taylor Ortega, Abby Sadler, Rayna Sadler and Natalee Smith
The Lady Cardinals continued to write history over the June 8 weekend as they were the first ever team in the 6U age division to compete in the All-Star tournament. With a first round bye, and playing on their home fields, the Lady Cardinals started off their Saturday with a win over Bells.
Next they faced Howe and pulled off yet another victory. After a long break, the Lady Cardinals came back to face Howe again in the championship game. However, Howe upset the Lady Cardinals to give them their first loss of the tournament.
The Lady Cardinals had to face the Bulldogs for the third time in the tournament. The Bulldogs were too much for the Cardinals, and Melissa took home the second place trophy in their first-ever 6U All-Star tournament.
"We congratulate these girls on an amazing season," coach Shelly Sadler said. "Their hard work and dedication has paid off. This is just the beginning of more championships and success in the softball program. We are exited to see what their future holds. The future of the Melissa Cardinal softball program looks bright."