The 2016 Future Stars of Sports World Series was played in Johnson City. The opening ceremonies were held July 14 and it lasted through July 17. There were 19 teams total in the 14U open class. Kaylee Cox of New Tazewell played for the Virginia Hurricanes and went undefeated the entire tournament.
Saturday night they faced the Kentucky Clovers an A-Class team from Kentucky in a hard fought game and only won 3-2. The team knew they would see that team again and sure enough had to face them for the championship. The championship game was seven innings with no time limit. The Hurricanes were the home team because they were undefeated. The Clovers came out fired up and hitting the ball and at the bottom of the 2nd inning the score was 5-2 with the Clovers leading.
During the next three innings, neither team scored and it was clear that this was a game of defense. The score was still 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning but after one good hit the team got fired up and tied the game 5-5.
Going into the last inning, the Hurricanes’ pitcher did an amazing job and the girls played incredible defense behind her and did not allow them to score. During the bottom of the seventh inning it was do-or-die. Either the Hurricanes scored or the teams had to go into international overtime.
The pitcher for the Clovers was absolutely exhausted and she walked the first three batters. Kaylee was up to bat and fouled the first two pitches off. The third pitch came down and it was called a ball. The fourth pitch was a change-up and Cox hit the ball to center field and bounced it off the fence landing on the playing surface. All four Hurricane girls scored and that ended the game 9-5.
Cox got her first World Series championship ring and was one of three girls that was selected to the all tournament team. Cox said she had played this tournament in memory of her church buddy and superhero, Mr. David Gibson, who lost his battle with cancer the same week as the World Series.
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