Swinging for the Fences
Jeffersontown Youth Baseball, Softball Teams Experience Record-Setting Success
Writer / Shannon Siders
Jeffersontown Youth Baseball and Softball teams experienced record-setting success this year, with three teams advancing to the World Series in their respective divisions.
The Jeffersontown 10U Girls Softball team, led by manager Jeremy Flanders, went 7-0 in the Babe Ruth Little League World Series to be crowned the champions of their division.
The squad was wildly dominant throughout their tournament run, outscoring their opponents 213-56 on their way to a 23-2 record across the Kentucky State Tournament, Ohio Valley Regional Tournament and the World Series. They recorded six shutouts throughout the three tournaments and allowed opponents to score two or fewer runs in six of their World Series victories.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls and all the hard work they put in this season,” Flanders says. “I’m very excited to see what the future holds for this incredible group of young ladies.”
In addition to the team’s success, four players received individual accolades. Rylee Carter was named Most Outstanding Player, Sarah Grace Morley was named to the All-Defensive team and Peyton Arnold, Lauren Campisano and Carter were named to the All-World Series Team.
The team was rounded out by players Kailee Flanders, Emilee Fuller, Caitlyn Nash, Madison Reed, Rylee Sandifer, Jersey Taylor and coaches Daniel Reed and Chris Arnold.
The Jeffersontown 12U Girls Softball team also had an impressive showing in the World Series, finishing third in the nation. The team advanced to the World Series after suffering only one loss during the state tournament and going undefeated in the regional. They became the first 12U Jeffersontown Softball team to win the Kentucky State Championship, as well as the Ohio Valley Regional Championship.
The 12U team lost a very close game in the semi-finals of the World Series, falling by just two runs to the Patterson All-Stars. The Patterson team went on to become the World Series champions.
“We had a wonderful group of talented young ladies that were just winners and prided themselves on being the best of the best,” says Manager Gary Ferrigno. “We used the phrase ‘refuse to lose,’ and they absolutely proved it was not only a phrase but an idea of how these young ladies played the game.
“We unfortunately just came up short in the end, but that was icing on the cake of an impressive and record-breaking 2017 All-Star season,” Ferrigno adds.
Ferrigno was joined by coaches Aaron Hughes, Mark Passanisi and Red Monroe, with players Caroline Campbell, Kaitlyn Chitwood, Anna Belle Ferrigno, Riley Gentry, Lacey Hughes, Cecilia Jones, Kennedy Lee, Jocelyn Lopez, Myla Matthews, Regan Monroe, Emma Passanisi and Addison Reeve.
Six players from the 12U All-Star team and three players from the 10U All-Star team were also a part of the back-to-back St. Edward CSAA 5th/6th grade City Champions team.
On the boys’ side, the Jeffersontown 12U Baseball team became the first Jeffersontown Youth Baseball team to ever qualify for the World Series. The team finished fifth in the United States and ninth overall in the 24-team tournament held in Branson, Missouri. The team was knocked out of the World Series by a team from Florida who went on to win the US Championship.
“The kids might not quite understand what they have achieved, but someday they will look back and know that they are the first baseball team from Jeffersontown, a league that started in the 1950s, to ever make it to the World Series,” says Manager Chris Rader.
Players Landon Akers, Michael Brewer, Kyle Campbell, Adam Campisano, Max Cherry, Bennett Egan, Ethan Elmore, Evan Hess, Landon Mallory, Kyle Malone, Hayden Rader and Camryn Warfield took the field for the team, led by Rader and coaches Chris Mallory and Mike Malone.
“Out of the 12 players on the roster, 10 have been with Jeffersontown since they were eight years old,” Rader says. “It was our goal when they were eight to make it to the World Series at 12. It was a dream come true.”
For more information on the Jeffersontown Youth Baseball and Softball leagues, including registration information for upcoming sessions, visit jtownball.net.