FOREST CITY — A group of local softball players has won the 9-10 state tournament and will compete in a regional event this weekend.
An all-star team from the East Surry youth league won both the district and state tournaments in the past month in dominant fashion.
Three weeks ago, the all-stars won all five games in a tournament leading up to the district level by a combined 68-3.
After winning the District 2 title, the East Surry team played three games in Forest City last week. The drive was about five and a half hours round-trip to the small town near Rutherfordton.
On that Sunday, the team beat the Wilkes County all-stars, then on Tuesday defeated the Forest City all-stars to reach the finals. On Thursday, the team beat Cape Fear 12-5 to take the state title.
Coach Brent Jones said many players came through for the team over the three games. He especially noted the pitching of Grace Kiser and Maggie Holt and the hot hitting of catcher Allie Bruner.
East Surry advances to the southern regional tournament at Luray, Va., in the northeast area, about 100 miles from Washington, D.C.
The city is about four hours up Interstate 81, so the team and many parents will be staying the night Friday and Saturday, according to Jones.
The N.C. state champs will face the Georgia champions on Friday, Alabama on Saturday and Florida on Sunday, the coach said.