Central Accomack Senior League Softball Team Advances to Regionals
Onancock, Va.-The Central Accomack softball team is on their way to the Senior League south east regional round after a remarkable run in the Virginia state tournament.
They did it the hard way. After losing their first game, they rattled off six straight wins beating the team they lost to two separate times.
“We’ve battled through a lot to get here we’ve wanted it for along time, we’ve had to have a few team talks but we’ve gotten where we are because we’ve decided we wanted something more than we had in the past,” the team said.
This is the first team to win the Virginia state tournament from the Central Accomack League in their 61 year history.
The 16-U team says they got into the regional round built on a team first mentality, sportsmanship and an aura of friendliness.
In the championship round of the state tournament, the team they had defeated showed up to cheer for Central Accomack and they even participated in their pregame chant.
“Without them and the parents support, it probably would have been a different outcome,” coach Billie Jo Wert said. She went on to say that the other team postponed going to a water park to come out and support her team.
“The shore comes together and supports these girls, eastern shore is kind of a nothing, no-where area and we’re showing how much talent we have here and it can’t be done without the village,” Jason Labore, a parent of a Central Accomack player said. “It still brings chills to know that other people will support these girls because they know these girls are good people, it’s amazing.”
If that doesn’t show you how much the team is beloved, a parent even told 47 ABC that a team of umpires signed a ball and gave it to the team as gratitude for their sportsmanship.
Even with the long road they took to get where they are the team still feels confident they can win at the regional tournament and return to Delaware for the world series right in their backyard.
“These young ladies are gonna have to show the rest of the south east that this eastern shore and this little peninsula has some phenomenal players,” Wert said.
The first game of the regional tournament for Central Accomack starts Friday at noon where they will match up with North Carolina.