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By SHARON GRAVES
It was all softball all weekend at the county’s Robert Westrick Memorial Park.
Thirteen teams took the fields in two tournaments Saturday and Sunday for the Under 10 and Under 12 age groups.
Carroll County fielded three teams in the weekend marathon, one in U10 and two in U12.
Saturday was devoted to pool play in both divisions. Winners of those games determined the brackets in Sunday’s games.
In U10, Carroll lost to Henry County on Saturday, but the third-seeded team beat Owen County, 22-3, Sunday and went on to beat Gallatin County, 13-9, earning a berth in the championship game.
Carroll couldn’t quite muster what it needed against No. 1 seeded Henry County and came in second, losing 13-3.
“Beating Gallatin County was a sweet win. They beat us twice in the regular season,” Coach Chuck Roberts said. “We played six games in two days, and we have a very young team. Some of our girls are 8 years old. We were hoping to get a break if we made it to the final game, but there weren’t any breaks. An experienced team like Henry County will find your weaknesses every time.”
Carroll had two teams in the U12 tourney, one coached by Scott Schirmer and the other by Roberts. Assistant Coach Jim McEndre took over for Roberts while he coached the U10 team.
Grant County forfeited their pool game to Roberts’ Carroll County team. On Saturday, that team beat Henry, 12-4, and Trimble County, 13-3. The team took on Henry and Trimble again Sunday, beating both, 20-10 and 18-10, respectively.
The championship game was a nail-biter between Roberts’ team and Gallatin, but ended in a loss, 15-14.
“Our girls played up and beyond every team they faced,” Roberts said. “When you get a chance to play a good team like Gallatin and keep it close all the way, that’s great.”
Schirmer’s Carroll County U12 team lost Sunday to Henry County, 8-14. He and his wife, Paula, who assists in the dugout, said they both are extremely proud of their team.
“This was a learning season for our team,” Scott Schirmer said. “Some of the girls on our team were playing fast-pitch softball for the first time. We had 16 girls on our team, and they improved a lot as the season went on. Our girls showed excellent sportsmanship at every game. Our goal was to teach the fundamentals and have fun.”
Softball will continue for several more weeks as the teams all will be traveling to other tournaments in and around the area.