The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


July 11, 2011


Softball team wins championship

TARBORO — Head Coach Robert Andrews had one goal when he took the the position for Tarboro-Edgecombe Babe Ruth All-Stars 10 and under team – to put this area on the map as one of the elite.

Andrews and his team did more than accomplish their goal. They beat the defending champions Pitt County twice on Sunday in New Bern and they were crowned Eastern North Carolina Babe Ruth 10 & under state champions in the double elimination tournament.

"This is a big accomplishment for Tarboro and Edgecombe County because there has not been a lot of success in softball in this area," Andrew said. "I'm proud of the girls, the parents and the community for all of their support. We're building for the future. These girls will become outstanding softball players at Martin Middle School and other middle schools in the county."

Tarboro-Edgecombe All-Stars went 10-2 in the tournament losing to Louisburg All-Stars 7-6 and to Pitt County All-Stars 6-3.

On Saturday, they defeated Down East for the second time in the tournament 3-0 and advanced to the championship game where they faced the defending champions Pitt County again.

In the first game, Tarboro-Edgecombe played perhaps its best game of the tournament and defeated Pitt County 16-4. McKenzie Johnson went 4-4 at the plate and she added six RBI's to lead Tarboro-Edgecombe batting while her teammates, Helena Babb went 3-4, and Mckenzie Deal went 2-4. Tarboro-Edgecombe scored six runs in the fifth inning to put the game away. It was stopped due to the 10-run mercy rule. Megan Deal was named the MVP of the game.

By the second championship game the two teams had faced off three times in the tournament and Tarboro-Edgecombe had gotten the best of Pitt County by leading the series 2-1. The final game had more at stake for both teams — the winner would be crowned champions.

Tarboro scored two runs in the third inning and led 3-1 behind starting pitcher Kaitlyn Kostrebski who won five games. Kostrebski gave up one hit in five inning and the Tarboro-Edgecobme All-Stars were holding on to a 4-1 lead going into the sixth inning.

Babb replaced Kostrebski in the sixth inning and she gave up two runs but staved off a potential Pitt County comeback and she earned her third save of the tournament. Johnson and Babb both went 3-3 in the final championship game. Babb was named the game's MVP and Johnson earned the Most Outstanding Player of the game.

"These girls have been working hard since May 19," said Tarboro-Edgecombe assistant coach Ricky Babb. "Now they are the 2011 Eastern North Carolina Babe Ruth champions. This is a huge accomplishment for Edgecombe County. I'm very proud of these girls."

The girls advanced to regionals in Tennessee, however, Andrews said his team will not play because the majority of his players will not be available during that time.

"I hated it had to end here," he said.

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