Darlings are World Series Champs

By Paige Nash

The Minden 8U Darling’s softball team turned Team Louisiana traveled to Fairview, Tennessee this week to compete in the World Series. Now that Team Louisiana is on their way home as the 2023 World Series Champions.  

The girls entered the championship bracket with a 12-0 season record.  

The tournament began July 28 with a banquet and the girls got to work taking out their first competitor the following day.  

On Saturday, July 29, Team Louisiana went up against South Carolina and pulled a close win, 4-3. On Sunday, July 30, they beat Team Alabama, 12-7.  

On Monday, July 31, the girls faced their first battle against the also undefeated Team Georgia. The girls faced their first loss of the season, losing 0-5, making their overall season record 14-1. But Team Louisiana took this loss as a motivator to come back that evening and secure their place in the finals and that is just what they did.  

They went up against Team Alabama and pulled a win, 10-3. 

Tuesday, August 1, marked Championship Day. The girls were faced with defeating Team Georgia not once but twice- the only team to defeat the Darlings all season. The first game was a close win, but Team Louisiana pulled through, winning 9-7. They turned right around and played them again for the final round.  

Team Louisiana defeated Team Georgia for a second time, 3-1.  

The girls and their coaches were recognized and are certainly awaiting a warm welcome back home to Minden.