State champ Belles headed to Worlds

Belles softball

The Belles celebrate their state championship, with, at right, coaches Brock Johnson, center Joseph Ferrell and Wade Blevins at left. Players are #00 Madison Smith, #1 Alexus Johnson, #5 Adrianna Butler, #8 Myranda McLeod, #9 Kaleigh Hardy, #12 Savannah Alday, #15 Kimmie Boone, #17 Melanie Collins, #18 Megan Collins, #22 Anna Riley, #27 Lacey Hutchins and #53 Jaylyn Charles.

KIM JOHNSON | Special to the Times
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 03:15 PM.

The Franklin County Belles, an All-Star group of the finest 13 to 15 year old softball players in the county, are now the finest team in the state.

The Belles went undefeated as they best the top teams in Florida last weekend in Okeechobee to earn a berth in the World Series the first week of August in Louisiana.

“Our girls went through the toughest part of the bracket, and went undefeated through the entire state championship,” said coach Joseph Ferrell. “I’m very proud of the girls. Our 12 girls represented Franklin County extremely well. They had great attitudes; we couldn’t ask more from our kids.

The girls opened Friday against West Pasco, and played what Ferrell said was probably the team’s toughest game outside of Monday’s championship.

”We came out first and posted seven runs in the first three innings,” he said. “But then we let them come back in the third and they scored seven runs on us.”

The Belles rallied, scored three more runs, and then shut their opponents over the last four innings, to notch an 11-7 victory in seven innings.

Pitcher Jaylyn Charles hurls the first three innings, and Megan Collins went the rest of the way, to combine for the win.

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