2017-07-13 / Sports

W-WPRD girls team runner-up in first tourney


W-WPRD girls softball team members who took second place in their first-ever GRPA tournament included (front row, l-r) Makayla Hammond, Whitney Bearse, Andrea Collins, Aubrey Cox, Zamia Mayes, Juli Grimmaud, De’Asia Wynn, Julianna Thompson, (back) Isabelle Bradford, Ashlyn Heard, Coach Kyle Bearse, Coach Joey Collins, Coach Rodney Welborn, Jaymiah Quinn, and Jordyn Welborn. W-WPRD girls softball team members who took second place in their first-ever GRPA tournament included (front row, l-r) Makayla Hammond, Whitney Bearse, Andrea Collins, Aubrey Cox, Zamia Mayes, Juli Grimmaud, De’Asia Wynn, Julianna Thompson, (back) Isabelle Bradford, Ashlyn Heard, Coach Kyle Bearse, Coach Joey Collins, Coach Rodney Welborn, Jaymiah Quinn, and Jordyn Welborn. After three days of tournament play, the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department 12U girls softball team emerged as runner up in District 6 GRPA Class C Fast-Pitch Softball.

Held in Putnam County June 26- 28, the double-elimination tournament included teams from Morgan County, Jasper County, Putnam County, and Washington-Wilkes.

“The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department recently joined the Georgia Recreation Parks Association (GRPA), giving our recreation department the opportunity to branch out with different counties,” W-WPRD Director Alvin Jones explained. “This will give our participants more opportunities to participate in more activities, and will help our participants grow and experience different ways to strengthen their athletic strengths,” he added.

The tournament started on Monday at 6 p.m. with Morgan County vs. Jasper County. The second game saw Putnam County beat Washington Wilkes. Then on Tuesday, W-W beat Jasper County and Putnam beat Morgan. That put W-W against Morgan to start the third day. W-W was victorious and moved ahead into the championship game against Putnam County. Putnam got the win along with the championship while W-W finished the tournament in second place.

“We are so proud of these girls,” Jones bragged. “This was their first tournament as a team and they all worked together and came out victorious. We would like to thank the coaches and parents for their dedication, hard work, and for allowing their children to participate in our first of many tournaments.”

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