The Toccoa Junior League softball All-Star team is working to get ready to head to Florida later this month to represent Georgia in the Southeast Regional Tournament.
Toccoa defeated Pioneer Little League of Columbus two games to none in a best-of-three series last weekend to take the state Junior League softball title.
Toccoa won the first game 9-4 and the second game 11-8.
Some of the All-Stars stopped by AM 630 WNEG Radio Wednesday to talk about their championship.
Raina Mayfield said that while Pioneer was tough, they had prepared by playing a number of tough opponents elsewhere.
“We have been playing travel ball for many years, so it was not tough,” said Mayfield. “The hardest part about playing them was getting over their spectators.”
The second game on Sunday was especially difficult as the team had to wait out some long rain delays.
Karly Smith said that coaches kept them busy and ready to go once the rain stopped.
“We played pepper,” said Smith. “All of the team members talked to each other to stay motivated and upbeat. If you let it, the rain can really affect your mood. But as a team we made sure that did not happen. We really just made the rain become a teammate, which made it easier to play in.”
Once the game got started, Isabella Fernandez hit a three-run home run for Toccoa and the team played very well both offensively and defensively.
Madison Massee, who pitched nine innings over the two games, was on the mound for the last out Sunday and says she felt very confident in her team.
“Going into the inning, I knew I had my defense behind me and I just knew if I got the hitter to hit the ball, I knew we could make the play and be done,” said Massee.
Head Coach Todd Mayfield said he is very proud of the girls’ effort in winning a state title.
“These girls would never quit,” he said. “They play hard from start to finish, from the first inning to the seventh inning, winning or losing, they are going to give 110 percent. I told them Sunday that if I am going to a fight, I am taking those ten with me.”
Mayfield also thanked fellow coaches Mechelle Mayfield, Trever Terrell, and Rusty Fulbright, along with Terry Reed, who has also worked with the girls on many occasions.
Meanwhile, Peyton Terrell said it feels great to be the state champion.
“It is an accomplishment to be the Georgia state champion,” said Terrell. “It has not been done by many teams before. Our team is proud to represent Georgia next week in the Southeast Regionals.”
The team will now head to Florida on July 26 to start the Southeast Regional tournament.
Brynn Roberts said they are excited to make the trip and represent Toccoa and the whole state.
“It is exciting because we have never been to Fort Myers before and it will be a great experience to play teams from different states in the Southeast,” said Roberts. “This team will definitely be something to remember. The Lord has blessed us not only with amazing coaches and parents, but also a wonderful community. Thanks for all your support.”
The team is currently raising money to help them make the trip.
Alyssa Shultz, who pitched four and a half innings in the state tournament, said they will be at Sonic doing a car wash this Saturday.
“We want to encourage everyone to come out to Sonic in front of Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this coming Saturday and get your car washed and support your Georgia Junior League Softball champions,” said Shultz.
Other team members include Grace Childs, Grace Fulbright, and Kelsey Westmoreland.
Coach Mayfield said he appreciates all of the support they have received so far from the community.
Anyone who would like to donate to help the team can contact Mayfield at 706-297-8939.