The battle for county-wide supremacy in 10U softball came down to an all-Havenwood matchup.
The Havenwood Heat defeated the Havenwood Power twice in the double-elimination championship tournament on June 8 at Havenwood Park to win the North County Community Girls Softball League 10U crown.
The Heat team of Jaiyla Battle, Kayleigh Crites, Jessalyn Eldrenkamp, Riley Galloway, Karleigh Gibson, Sierra Lawson, Skylar Lytton, Samantha Majka, Sadie Matthews, Jayden Miller, Aubrie Sanchez, Madison Stalnaker and Hailey Vankirk battled the Power throughout the regular season for the top spot in the league.
When the playoffs started, the Power made their way to the championship round with a 3-0 performance, while the Heat dropped an early-round game to fall into the loser’s bracket, necessitating two wins over the Power to claim the NCCGSL title.
The Heat came through, sweeping the doubleheader with wins of 10-8 and 4-2 to come away as league champions.
Coached by Bob Galloway, Joel Williamson, Nikki Elkins and Brandon Knott and assisted by team mom Jenn Galloway, the Heat finished the season with a 16-2-1 overall record.
“We are so proud of what these girls have learned and accomplished this season, and are always thankful to be playing for such a strong organization, Havenwood Softball,” said coach Galloway.
The runner-up 10U Power were manned by Madison Bowen, Sophia Burroughs, Lily Glancy, Destinie Ludwig, Eden Morrison, Maiah Parker, Summer Parsley, Julia Quarles, Desiree Rhodes, Makenzie Shirley, Hailey Stitt and Ahna Watson, and the team was coached by Jesse Burroughs. The Power occupied the top of the county standings all season long, defeating the Heat during the regular season and entering the playoffs with a 12-0 record. The Power finished 15-2 overall.
Havenwood fielded four total teams in the 19-team NCCGSL 10U division, and all four made the league’s championship postseason tournament comprising the top eight teams in the standings.
“To end it with two Havenwood teams battling it out for the championship was the perfect end of a very memorable season,” said Power coach Jesse Burroughs.