Local all-stars win regional title
Wed. July 24, 2013 at 10:29 a.m. | By Perry Pitre/Sports Correspondent
The 8-and-under Terrebonne Parish Softball All-Stars won the Babe Ruth Softball Southwest National Regional Championship tournament last weekend in Houma. (Photo by Submitted)
Sooner or later, the 8-and-under Terrebonne Parish Softball All Stars would have to slay Goliath.
They would have to conquer the great white whale. They would have to shoot King Kong down from the Empire State Building.
In other words, the Terrebonne All-Stars would have to beat Harahan.
The team finished the season with a mark of 20-3. All three losses were to Harahan. All three losses came by the same score, 3-1.
But that didn't matter a bit during the Babe Ruth Softball Southwest National Regional Championship tournament held last weekend at the Houma Girls Softball Complex.
The All Stars took home the big trophy after vanquishing their nemesis not once but twice, 9-3 in the bracket game, and then again 3-2 in the finals.
The team, family, and supporters gathered Tuesday at the softball complex to officially celebrate their championship.
The girls qualified for the regional meet by taking second in the state tournament, losing to who else but Harahan.
"We won 11 straight games and went to regionals and beat the state champs twice," Terrebonne All-Stars head coach Tenicka Dobson said.
Assistant coach Kelly Dehart said coaches and parents were more nervous about facing Harahan again than the kids were.
"(The players) were a little nervous at first, but once we came out and got those first three batters out, I think that eased all their nerves," she said. "We came back and scored three in the bottom of the first, and that was it, the girls knew they had it."
The championship game was a lot tighter.
"We batted first and we went out," Dehart said. "They scored a run in the bottom of the first. But the girls never got down. Lillie Mazur, she was our MVP, hit the ball and it hit the fence and that started everything. We got two runs. Then we went and played the field and played awesome defense."
Mazur, who was the tournament's Most Valuable Player, gave credit to her entire team for the championship.
"I didn't do it all myself. All my teammates helped me," she said. "It was awesome."
Lillie's father Jimmy Mazur said he's seen the team develop over the last year.
"These girls have matured so much in a year's time," he said. "They trust each other, and they knew they could really compete with some of these good teams. When you can get kids this age to get in the mindset that they can really do it, they can surprise themselves."
The team qualified to play in the national tournament in Gainsville, Fla., this weekend, but a lack of time and funds is preventing the trip.