After finishing as the runner-up in last weekend's state tournament the Commerce 14-and-under girls' softball team has its eyes set on Mississippi. The Dizzy Dean National Tournament will begin July 22 in Southaven, MS, with the championship game scheduled July 25.
The all-star girls advanced to the national level after last week's state tournament where the team came back through the losers' bracket to challenge the almost undefeated Fannin County team. Starting the tourney on Friday by bumping Dawson County into the losers bracket, the Commerce ladies joined them after losing their next game to host Fannin County.
In the losers' bracket Commerce defeated Dawson again to advance to play Jackson County in a nine-inning game where Commerce would come out on top 5-4. On Sunday, the girls defeated Fannin in the first game of the championship round, 11-7, but Fannin County rebounded and won the title in a 14-11 slugfest.
Members of the team are Drea Mathis, Alexis Knox, Jessika Kyle, Brooke Vickery, Kayla Burks, Kayla Knox, Heather Tyson, Hannah Crumley, Shana Sheridian and Emily Gonzalez. Coaches are Mike Vickery, Charles Kyle and Scott Andrews.