The Wewahitchka Dixie Youth 12-U Ponytails traveled to Bluffton, SC to compete in the Dixie Youth Softball World Series July 26-31. After five days of play, the team representing Florida finished second, losing 6-1 to South Carolina in the championship game, 6-1.
Coached by Tony Price, Dayton Lister and Michael Bailey, the team’s roster includes Brianna Bailey, Mariah Brown, Sha’Mario Cole, Savannah Harrison, Shiloh Jamerson, Savannah Lister, Ashten Lolley, Kristen Nichols, Alidiea Odom, Gracie Price, Breanna Weathers, and Aleah Wooten.
The team was undefeated in district and state competitions to earn a berth in the World Series. The team’s only two losses this season came in the World Series, both suffered against South Carolina.
Wewahitchka, representing Florida, won its World Series opener against Alabama 9-3. Ashten Lolley, Savannah Lister and Brianna Bailey shared pitching duties.
The following day the Ponytails beat Virginia 5-4 with Lolley, Lister and Bailey taking turns on the mound and followed that with a 5-2 loss in extra innings to South Carolina in a game delayed by lightning the previous night.
Lolley, Lister and Bailey again shared the pitching.
The Ponytails beat Beaufort County, the host team for the tournament, 3-2 on Tuesday, Lolley and Bailey pitching, and on Wednesday lost in the championship game, after a four-hour rain delay, 6-1 to South Carolina.
Lister and Gracie Price pitched in the title game.
The Wewahitchka Dixie Softball League, the team, coaches and parents would like to thank the following people that made this trip possible for us in addition to many more that supported us through our fundraising efforts. Without your support, this would not have been possible.
231 Paint and Body/Skipper Hutchinson; A & A Homecare; AAG Electric Motors; Affordable Transmissions; Bay Lincoln, Dodge; two anonymous donors; Bayside Lumber and Building Supply; Beau Whitfield; Bishop Supply; Bobbie Sandridge; Bowden Plumbing and Electric; Brooks Bait and Tackle; Bruce and Carolyn Husband; Capital City Bank; Catherine Minger; Cecil Wooten;
Centennial Bank; Charlie Norton; Duke Energy Eagles Landing; Elaine Howell; Emerald Coast Insurance; Emerald Coast Recycling; Excel Therapy; F&B Builders; Fuqua & Son Painting; Gary and Rene Stanley; Gary Thompson; Gulf Coast Electric Co-op; Hancock Bank; Hannon Insurance; Harold’s Auto Parts; Jeff and Melanie Breman; Jeremy Novak;
Joe Ferolito; John Lee Nissan; Kerri Barlow; Lewis-Smith Supply Corp,; Lighting by Lavonne; Lions Club of Port St. Joe; Middlemas Insurance and Risk Management; Miller Heating and Air; Mr. and Mrs. Darrly McSpadden; Odis Wooten; P & C Woodworks; Panama City Toyota; Peak’s Unlimited; Piggly Wiggly of Port St. Joe; Rebecca Birmingham; Red Elephant; Rick Vossen.