The Banks County 12-under fast pitch softball team made history last weekend after being crowned world champions.
The BC Pride became the first-ever softball team from Banks County to win a World Series as it swept the competition in South Haven, Miss., in dominate fashion.
After finishing as runner-up champions in the tournament last season, coach Nick Denton said his girls were determined to “go out and win it all this year.” They certainly did just that.
Last Thursday, the Pride overwhelmed Starkville, Miss., 17-0 in the tournament opener. Banks County advanced to the next round to defeat the team from Hernando, Miss., 14-0.
The Pride continued its streak of shutout victories in the semifinals of the tournament when it defeated Alabama state champion, Jasper, 6-0.
While the Pride cemented a spot in the finals, Jasper fell to the loser’s bracket, where the Bull Dawgs battled their way back to a rematch with Banks County in the championship game.
Led by Tybee Denton’s pitching, the Pride was able to keep Jasper off the scoreboard once again, sealing a 6-0 victory and a World Series trophy.
Denton was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament after striking out 41 batters and allowing no runs scored throughout the tournament. She pitched two perfect games, two no-hitters and allowed only one hit in the championship finals.
Denton also led the team with 13 RBIs and was one of five Pride players that made the all-tournament team.
“That’s a big deal,” said Nick Denton in regards to five of his players making the all-tournament team. “They were probably the five best players out of the hundreds of girls at the series.
Jill Martinet, Sarah Barrett, Kya Santiago and Hannah Angel were all elected to the all-tournament team by a committee of head coaches. Martinet led the team at the plate with a .600 batting average through the tournament. Barrett, Denton and Santiago all batted .500, while Angel batted .429.
“All the girls played great,” added Nick Denton. “We didn’t have any errors the entire week. (Tybee Denton) shut all the teams down and the whole team hit really well. I’d like to thank all the girls for training so hard. This is two years in the making. We’ve been training for two years to go out there and win this thing.”
Denton said that he was grateful for all the community support on behalf of his players and fellow coaches.
“We’d like to thank all of our sponsors,” he said. “We had a lot of support and had about 100 people donate money for us to be able to go (to the World Series.)”