It’s been quite the summer for the World Series bound Wellington 16-under softball team

first_imgby James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-under Babe Ruth Girls Softball team is just a week away from the biggest tournament of these young ladies lives so far, when they travel to the Babe Ruth Girls Softball 16-under World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla. The tournament will be a two bracket tournament and consist of eight teams from across the United States. The team flies out of Oklahoma City on August 6 for the seven day tournament. It will consist of pool play and a championship bracket thereafter. No bracket for this tournament has been finalized at this time.  It’s been quite awhile that a Wellington team has been represented in a Babe Ruth World Series. From what we could tell, the Wellington Babe Ruth 13-15 year old All Stars were in the World Series back-to-back years in Anchorage, Alaska in 1967 and Kiamath Falls, Oregon in 1968. Now the table is set for Wellington to step up on the national stage again. The team is a mix of older and younger players from Wellington. Three will be seniors for the Wellington Crusader softball team this spring: Baylee DeJarnett, Siarah Walker and Taylor Zimmerman.  Three will be juniors, Erin Goodrum, Madison Goans and Madison Lewellen.  The remaining girls on the team, Annika DeJarnett, Bre Turner, Emily Templeton, Gracie Fink, Jenna Rausch, Lexi Saffell, and Sammie Lira, will all be sophomores. This group has played together at various times for several years, some going back as far as when they were 6 or 7-years-old. Coaches knew they would have a pretty good team in the summer of 2015, and it helped that Wellington was the location of the Midwest Plains Regional at Worden Park. The girls clinched a World Series berth with a 14-8 victory against Southeast Denver 14-8 in the championship game on July 19 (see story here). Wellington has been undefeated all summer – going 26-0, and the regional was no exception where most of the locals’ wins were by double digits. “They have played very well together,” said Shawn DeJarnett, Wellington 16-under head softball coach. “We have hit the ball very well through the season and played good defense.  Erin Goodrum is one of three pitchers for the 16-under team.“The key to tournament success is typically pitching.  I felt all along we had good pitching.  I had thought if we had three good pitchers, we could make a pretty good run at winning.” Madison Lewellen and Erin Goodrum were very strong pitchers, especially in the post season. They were doing so well that it was hard to get innings for their third pitcher, Annika DeJarnett. In the state tournament they allowed only three runs, and only nine hits at the regionals. They have pitched six shutouts in 11 post season games. Their regular season era was 1.6, which is pretty good, and they have stepped it up a notch in the post season, lowering it to 1.25.Shawn DeJarnett speaks with one of his players during a Midwest Regional. Since their Midwest Championship victory, practicing has been one thing, fundraising has been another. Babe Ruth will be paying for the flight to Florida which will include the players and coaches. But they must stay at specific hotel accommodations in a city not too far north of Fort Lauderdale. Then there is the general expenses of the trip like food, travel and other items. It will be several ‘firsts’ for many on this team. Some have never flown and some have not seen a beach, and of course there will be the tournament itself. To pay for these expenses, the 16-under group have embarked on several fundraisers. •Tonight, The Dore will be hosting at its tournament from 5 to 9 p.m. hamburgers and fries with all proceeds going to the softball team’s travel expenses. •The group will be hosting a pancake feed and bake sale/pie auction on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. •People can make donations at the Wellington Rec Center. To get on a T-shirt, donations need to be made by Friday (see information here). •Last week, T.D. Barbecue donated all its food proceeds for the Great Race for travel expenses. It has been quite an endeavor, and one the girls will never forget. When the girls throw out their first pitch at this year’s World Series, a community 1,500 miles away will be smiling. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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