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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
While some Trimble County High School students spent the summer relaxing and hanging out with their friends, Megan Gilder was spending time on a softball field making her dreams come true.
Gilder, who will be a senior at Trimble County High School this year, has been given an opportunity to do something many dream of the first time they play catch in the front yard or step up to the plate in their inaugural Little League game. She is competing in the Softball World Series.
Gilder and other players on the Green Run Little League All-Star team based in Virginia Beach, Virginia traveled to Delaware last weekend to face players from across the U.S. and abroad in a battle to be called the best. Gilder, who lives in Trimble County with her mother Jackie during the school year, typically plays for the east coast league while spending summers in Virginia with her father, John. And this year, her final with the league, the team has gone farther than ever.
Gilder, who plays catcher for the All-Star squad, and her teammates swept the district competiton last month to earn the right to participate in the state championship at the Virginia Sports Complex.
“[At district Gilder] did not allow a single stolen base and she had five put outs and two pick offs,” her father said, adding that she drove in three runs in four games in the district competition.
The elder Gilder, who has coached his daughter for several years, said that during the state contest she had four throw outs, one pick off, drove in five runs and made a game saving play in one game before driving in the winning run in another to achieve the championship title.
Prior to leaving for Delaware, Gilder said she and her teammates were “all just tickled” to have the opportunity to play in the series.
“Last year I didn’t play and that was the first time since I was eight. So I wanted to come back and play one last time with them and its been great,” she said. “Its really exciting for us to play in the World Series.”
The Green Run Little League team, known as the “South” for purposes of the World Series match-ups, lost to a team from the Southwest Sunday and went up against Asia-Pacific yesterday. The outcome of the second game was not known as of press time due to the late afternoon start time.
Gilder’s father said his daughter is an inspiration to her younger sister who also enjoys the game. When not practicing in 97-degree tempartures this summer, she has assisted with her sibling’s team and visited a couple of colleges where she hopes to continue playing.
The Little League Softball World Series championship games will be played Aug. 8 and 9 and may be seen on ESPN and ESPN2.
Gilder will return to Trimble County Aug. 11 and expects to return to the TCHS softball team next spring where she typically plays first base.