Area travel team collects tourney winsPublished 10:00am Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tallassee’s Hit Squad has been leaving teams battered after winning the first two of five tournaments, including a World Series (U.S.Fastpitch Association) in its first year.
Year two has been just as impressive.
“I coached a group of 6-year-olds in all-stars that won the ASA state championship in 2012. After finishing third in the World Series that year, we began to think we could compete at the highest level with this group of girls,” said Manager Mark Segrest. “Our 8U travel team is the culmination of this idea.
The 8U Hit Squad has its roots in Tallassee as a handful of homegrown players are wearing the purple and gold, but the roster is rounded out with players from Millbrook and Wetumpka.
Formed in the spring of 2012 by Tim Collier, the Hit Squad picked up first places in Hoover and Panama City and a second place in Millbrook.
The 8U squad, a first-year addition to the Hit Squad brand, finished third in the USSSA World Series in Gulf Shores.
Over the fall, the 8U squad competed in seven tournament mostly in the Birmingham-area and returned home with five firsts and two seconds.
“It’s really been shocking the level of success this group has already achieved,” said Segrest. “We certainly have a lot of room for improvement, but these girls have already established quite a reputation in the state. This has been great exposure for Tallassee, in general, as well.”
The 10U Hit Squad, established in August, is top-to-bottom Tallassee, coached by Pat Love and has competed in six tournaments earning three firsts and one second.
“I’m very proud of what these girls have accomplished this fall,” said Love. Pur goal is to improve in the offseason and build on the success as we move to the 2014 Spring/Summer season.”
The 8U and 10U teams will complete its fall schedule by competing in the USFA Fall World Series Nov. 8-10 in Hoover Central. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the Hit Squad organization can contact Mark Segrest at 334-224-4395