By DaShawn Brown - email
GUYTON, GA (WTOC) - They've put in the work, and now, the South Effingham Angels are experiencing the results.
For a team not many thought would make it this far, the Angels have become the first 12-and-under fast-pitch softball team out of Southeast Georgia to earn an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national berth.
Even assistant coach Randy Sapp had his doubts.
"I was thinking maybe 14 or 16," he said. "I didn't think we would make it this soon, but they had the drive and desire and that's what it takes."
But ask first baseman Autumn Conaway, and she'll tell you, she knew it all along.
"I had faith and hope that we would make it this far."
The Angels are a part of the highest classification in the ASA, making this feat even more impressive. Yet still, the coaches and players agree, their mission moving forward is to continue to work hard, and to simply enjoy the ride.
"It's like a once in a lifetime chance," said Taylor Logue.
"If we win two games, fine," coach Sapp added. "If we go out there and get put out in two, we still accomplished a great feat and we'll come back home and try to do it again next year."
The Angels are accepting donations to help make their trip to nationals a reality. If you would like to help, contact Head Coach Matt Newman at (912) 713-7027 or (912) 224-5081. Additional information and fundraisers are also available on the team's website: www.eteamz.com/angel97.