The Montgomery Village Sports Association 18-and-under Green Storm went 0-2 and were eliminated from the National Softball Association (NSA) Girls Fast Pitch World Series July 25-Aug. 1 in Charlotte, N.C.
The NSA World Series featured 688 teams from throughout the country, including 194 in the 18-and-under division.
The Green Storm lost their first game to the Indian Mills Mystics of New Jersey. Shannon Seeley (Liberty University) and Lana Wilcox (Gaithersburg) played well for the Green Storm.
In the second game, the Green Storm lost to the Athlete's Foot from Wisconsin. Allison Stang (Magruder) gave up five hits and one earned run and Christine Stohlman (Watkins Mill) and Brianne Carey (St John's) played great defense.
"We had a great season, a great group of girls and I was proud to be their coach," said Green Storm Coach Lee Stang, whose team finished the season 23-23. "It was an honor and a tribute for our girls to make it to the national championships. They all worked extremely hard and made a lot of sacrifices."
The Green Storm was led by pitchers Seeley, Stang, Gracie Green (Holy Cross) and Joanna Holton (Potomac Falls). Seeley and Stang each had eight wins. Wilcox led the team in runs scored, Green had the highest batting average and Jen Axtell (Churchill) led the team in hits and home runs. Kayla MacDonald (Northwest) had the most RBI and Samantha Miskin (Gaithersburg), Ashley Green (Stone Ridge), Melissa Herrmann (Watkins Mill) and Lara Holmes (Seneca Valley) played solid defense.
The Green Storm finished second at the Cumberland Heat Tournament, third at the Mount Vernon Classic and Bayside Blues Summer Sizzler and fifth at the Howard County Firecracker Invitational. The team also placed ninth at the prestigious Hot Time Classic in Florence, S.C., and qualified for the NSA World Series and the PONY Softball National Tournament of Champions.
"This is the best team I have ever coached," said Stang. "Not only from an ability point of view but also from a chemistry point of view. We worked hard on that this year and I believe it really paid off."