SPARTA, NJ – The World Series takes on a whole new meaning for the Sparta 10A Diamonds. Rather than a chilly October night, it will be the warm July days for the girls softball team at the 2017 Babe Ruth World Series.
The girls earned a spot at the big tournament in Florida having secured the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regionals. According to Diamonds organizers, credit on the accomplishment goes not only to the girls who do the hard work on and off the field but also to the coaches, parents and Diamonds program.
The team began their march to the World Series back in January. When others were busy playing in the snow, the Diamonds were taking batting practice at the Sparta Softball indoor facility called the Diamond Mine. They continued to play through the wet, chilly spring and through long two-day tournaments in the summer. It all paid off.
The girls’ coach said the 10s come at you with exceptional pitching, aggressive base running and big time hitters. They put together a season record of 57-2-1.
“These your ladies played hard all year,” Head Coach Chris Heim said. “We are so proud and I know everyone is Sparta is pulling for them.”
The 10A team went 2-0 in the regionals seed play, beating the two host teams Upper Merion 11-1 and Audubon 10-5. That got them a second seed going into bracket play.
In their pursuit of the regional title the team took down the Delaware State Champs Bear 12-2 and the Maryland State Champs Antietam 8-3. They also beat the South Jersey State Champs Hamilton Hurricane 11-0 earning the titles of New Jersey State and Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions.
“When you put teams together each year, you hope each one fulfills the goals they set out for,” Sparta Softball travel director Joe Jacobs said. “The 10A Diamonds did just that. They wanted it and they got it. Congratulations to the girls.”
For more information about Sparta Softball, check out their website.