The Secory Flyers 14-and-under little league softball team is a team on a mission.
Early in the season, the Flyers saw their vast potential when they played in the 18-and-under high school division of the St. Clair Macomb Amateur Fastpitch Federal.
Despite being much younger than their opponents, the Flyers won 15 consecutive games after dropping their first league contest and they went on to win the division.
They will lean on that experience when they begin play in the National Softball Association World Series Tuesday in Fishers, IN..
“The girls are very excited,” Flyers coach Randy Shagena said. “This was the goal they had set at the beginning of the season. We wanted to try to qualify for the World Series and we were able to do that. It’s 70 teams from seven different states. They are excited to see where they stack up.”
The Flyers are 31-6 overall this season but will face teams with equally as impressive credentials at the NSA World Series.
“We are really excited,” Flyers pitcher Riley Shegana said. “We worked really hard to be able to show our talent level and our dedication. We have been working really hard to finally go over there.
“We have confidence but we don’t want to be cocky or anything. We go into games knowing we have to play good to keep winning. It helps a lot being in the high school division as a 14 under team. We have proven that we should be in the high school division. We played really well and it kind of shows we are a good team at the 14u and it gives us more confidence.”
The Flyers will lean on their defense and the dynamic pitching duo of Shagena and Madeline Trombley.
“It definitely built their confidence by competing with the older girls this season,” coach Shagena said. “If they can compete with the older kids with the varsity experience they should be able to compete with the best in their age in the state and hopefully the World Series.
“We have to play sound defensively. We can be a very good team. Sometimes we go into a mental lull and we have to fight our way back out of the hole. We are capable of playing ahead and coming from behind. But it starts defensively and that helps the rest of our game.”
The Flyers will play pool play games on Tuesday and Wednesday and seeding will be determined from there. The double elimination format begins Wednesday.
“We have to keep playing like we have been playing,” Riley Shagena said. “If we lose we can’t get down on ourselves. You have to keep progressing and get better every single game.”
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