PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL — After five tournament championships in the 2013-2014 season, the Carolina Rage softball team won seven games in the USFA World Series.
The only team representing South Carolina in the USFA World Series Tournament in Panama City Beach, Fl., the Carolina Rage finished 7-2.
The seven-day tournament — including over 600 teams from around the U.S. in age groups 8U-18U — was held July 13-19, and the Carolina Rage played through Friday night. The team defeated the Georgia Mustangs (of Alpharetta, Ga.), Pacers Fastpitch (of Southside, Ala.), Louisiana Starz (of Leesville, La.), Southern Shock (of Petersburg, Ind.), CHAOS (of DeFuniak Springs, Fl.), Mafia FP (of Mooresville, Ind.) and SWAT 2000 (of Humble, Texas).
After winning two pool games and two bracket games, the Rage lost to the Heritage Hurricanes (of Spring Hill, Tenn.) early Friday morning, moving them to the losers’ bracket. The team then won three consecutive games, moving into second place in their bracket and moving onto the Diamond Championship Bracket. In their 5th game of the day, the Carolina Rage was paired up against the LA Hurricanes. After a tough battle, the Hurricanes won, eliminating the Carolina Rage, putting them in 2nd place in their bracket, which was 7th place out of 70 teams.
During the 2013-2014 season, the Carolina Rage won five tournament championships in the 14U Division: NSA Summer Sizzler, Crystal Carolina Razzle Dazzle Bash, USSSA Salute to Veterans, USSSA ComeBat for Measles, and the ASA 14B South Carolina State Championship.
Players on the team include Jazmyne Boyd (Union), Taylor Chastain (Wellford), Bailey Douglas (Lugoff), Valarie Ellis (Augusta, Ga.), Savannah Flynn (Duncan), Kaley Goerlich (Elgin), Savannah Grigsby (Elgin), Rebecca Lee (Union), Makayla Pearson (Clinton), Hannah Sellars (Spartanburg), Kailee Stepp (Union), and Lexi Wilson (Pauline). Coaches were Lonnie Lee (Union), Clay Wilson (Pauline) and Lee Goerlich (Elgin).