FORT MILL — Usually representing your state is a good thing, but for the Carolina Angels softball team it was an unexpected thing.
The Angels recently won the USSSA U16 state championship in Lexington and qualified for the national tournament in Orlando July 27-Aug. 3. The tournament will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
The problem was, they didnt plan for the win. Now they need to raise $9,000 to go to the tournament to pay for expenses like hotels, food, gas and other costs.
This tournament wasnt on our schedule, said head coach Blue Baker. I was surprised we won. I just wanted to go there and get some work in.
So far, the team has raised $6,500, but still need to hit the $9,000 mark before they leave.
This is just to soften the blow to our parents, Baker said. I mean tickets to the games are $80 and parents would have to pay that just to see their kids play.
One reason Baker said he was surprised his team won was because of the teams youth. The team is a U16 team because it has three 15-year-olds on it, but 10 of the 13 players on the roster are 13 or 14 years old.
Despite its youth, the team has put together a 30-5 record this season and has won two of the five tournaments its been in.