UNION COUNTY — The 12u Ponytails World Series begins in nine days in Louisiana and Team South Carolina aka the Union County 12u Ponytails Division Dixie Girls Softball Team still needs your help to raise the money that will enable them to travel to there and play for the World Championship.
Last Wednesday (July 11), the Ponytails won the South Carolina State Championship Tournament in Bluffton, their victory capping a season that saw them undefeated having won all eight of the games they played, including the five played at the state tournament. Their triumph was made even more impressive because they were able to win those games in just four innings, building up such big leads that officials called the games based on the “Mercy Rule.”
The “Mercy Rule” is invoked when, in the course of a game, one team is leading another by at least 10 runs at the end of the fourth inning. When that happens, officials invoke the Mercy Rule and end the game.
That’s what happened in Bluffton where the Ponytails defeated Andrews 20-3, Kershaw 16-5, Florence 11-1, Kershaw 11-1 and, finally, Blythewood 11-10 to win the State Championship.
As the winners of the State Championship, the Ponytails are now Team South Carolina and will represent the state at the 12u Ponytails World Series which will be played in Alexandria, Louisiana from Friday, July 27-Thursday, Aug. 2.
That’s where you come in, because while the Ponytails are more than ready as a team to take on the other state teams that will be competing in the World Series, they are going to have to have money to travel to Louisiana and back, and have meals and a place to stay while there.
All this will cost an estimated $15,000 and the team and its supporters have been working to raise the required funds since the Ponytails returned from Bluffton.
On Tuesday, Union County Dixie Girls Softball League Secretary Kristi Garner said that the team was approximately halfway to its fundraising goal and is looking to raise the $7,500 well before July 27.
To help do that, Garner said the team and its supporters will hold a “Day of Champions” at the Union County Recreation Department this Saturday (July 21) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Garner said the Day of Champions will include:
• A live auction with John Young starting at noon at the Recreation Department.
• A Homerun Derby at City Park from 9-11 a.m.
• Big BBQ Sandwich plates from Big Daddy’s BBQ for sale at the Recreation Department.
• A Chinese Auction at the Recreation Department from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring many items.
• A raffle for a 3 night/4 day stay in VBRO# 923703 in Ocean Creek Resort. These tickets are $10 each.
Persons who want to make a donation are asked to contact Kacie Gregory at 864-466-5735 or Marsha Gossett at 864-426-3456.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.