Robbinsville girls play for Little League softball championship
Robbinsville's all-star softball team plays Bossier City, Louisiana for the Little League softball championship on Wednesday night.
After soundly beating Tallmadge, Ohio 11-1 on Tuesday night, the 11 and 12-year old girls found themselves just one win away from playing for the championship in Portland, Oregon.
The team is approaching Wednesday's game like any other. "We practice like we’re going to play a game and we do everything we need to do in practice. The girls are well prepared,” coach Scott Veisz told the Times of Trenton. “We coaches just help them to stay focused on what they’re trying to accomplish, and that’s key — helping each other and working as a team, not as individuals.”
Robbinsville Mayor Fried said he is proud of the team no matter the outcome on Wednesday and has a box of chocolate bars on the line.
"They have represented our town like champions, and for a small town such as ours to consistently develop good, talented kids with such big hearts is a testament to both the Robbinsville Little League and their parents," Fried wrote in an email. "They say it takes a village to raise a kid … and we have a great village.’’
Fried and Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker have made a friendly wager on the game. If Robbinsville wins, Walker will send Fried some authentic New Orleans-style King Cakes. However, if Robbinsville falls short, Fried will send Walker a box of chocolate bars from Robbinsville-based David Bradley Chocolatier.
King Cake is a traditional Mardi Gras treat made of cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a circle topped with glaze and purple, green and gold colored sugar.
Robbinsville Township will host a viewing party at the Senior Center starting at 8:30 p.m.; the game will air on ESPN 2.
Robbinsville, which has gone 20-0 in the playoffs, topped Victoria, British Columbia 3-0 in their first game, and Chico, California and Tallmadge by matching 11-1 scores in their third and fourth games of the final round. A game with the team from Iloilo, Philippines was won by forfeit when the team did not arrive in time.
- Robbinsville becomes softball capital / ESPN-W
- Little League Softball World Series: Robbinsville advances to championship /Times of Trenton