MOUNT VERNON — Charlie’s Body Shop overcame an early 3-0 deficit, scoring three in the final inning to defeat American Health Network, 8-5 to win the Mount Vernon Girls Softball League 12 & Under Tournament Championship at Memorial Park on Sunday.
“It was unbelievable,” said Charlie’s head coach Ed Harris. “I can’t believe these girls. They finished fifth out of seven through the season and going on the win the championship is unbelievable. We just developed them as a team and then they started believing in themselves. I have no idea what made them believe, but I am really proud of them.”
With the score tied at 5 at the end of five, Carly Visintine led off top the of the sixth with a single. She was followed by Lexi Paff, who also singled. Elizabeth Sant was retired to the pitcher unassisted to move up the runners. Jillian Seacrest cleared the bases with a double to make it 7-5. She scored on a Madison Copley single.
For Charlie’s, Visintine, Paff and Sant each scored twice. Seacrest and Mackenzie Staats scored once.
Charlie’s, undefeated in their bracket going into Sunday, had only needed a win and had two opportunities to get it. Earlier in the day, American Health Network defeated Charlie’s to stay alive and force a final game.
“They are a great bunch of kids.” said American Health Network head coach Mark Frazier. “We call them the, ‘Goofballs,’ because that’s what they are. This was our seventh game in two days and our fourth one today, and they played their hearts out. I love every one of them. They are all good girls. They are a very coachable team.”
For American Health Network, Kaitlyn Frazier, Destiny Tone, Hailey Adrian, Lane McKinley and Brittany Buskirk all scored once.