Madeira Beach softball team scores World Series title

The Madeira Beach 14u Riptide team went undefeated and won their division in the Babe Ruth World Series July 23 in Jensen Beach. Team members, from left, are (front row) Kate McClellan, Madison Winther, Payton Pope, Davia Schweitzer, Madison Strong, Jessica Trafford; (second row) Randi Tubbs, Bella Christensen, Jenna Martin, Savanna Lanier, Enslie Lloyd, Hailey Copechal, Angie Ballew; (back row) Coach Darren McClellan, Manager Ben Tubbs, Coach Don Barker, and Coach Dave Ballew. The city of Madeira Beach was the title sponsor for the 14u team, as well as the 12u team, providing a total of $10,000 in funding. To get to the World Series, the 14u team played district, state and regional tournaments.

MADEIRA BEACH — The Madeira Beach 14u Riptide softball team went undefeated at the Babe Ruth World Series on July 15-23 in Jensen Beach. In eight games, they allowed only 12 runs and scored 59. The championship game was played against the Jefferson Parish Department of Parks and Recreation team from Louisiana, last year’s World Series champions, with Riptide winning 7-3.

The team finished in first place in districts, third in states and first in regionals for a spot to compete in the World Series. Only a select number of teams from across the United States and internationally are asked to compete.

Several individual awards were given out at the Babe Ruth World Series and the Madeira Beach 14u team took home quite a few.

Angie Ballew was the pitcher for the team and received the most awards of any player, taking home the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team, All World Series Team and Most Outstanding Player.

Kate McClellan played EP (extra player) and received All World Series Team; Randi Tubbs played first base and received the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team; Savanna Lanier played catcher and received the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team; and Hailey Copechal played shortstop and received All World Series Team.

The city of Madeira Beach was the title sponsor and additional sponsors made traveling possible for the team.