Tulsa, Okla. Before the weekend, Lawrence’s Phenix-Fyler 18-and-under USSSA softball team had never won a national tournament.
Consider the championship drought over.
The Phenix toppled the Wichita Jitterbugs, 4-2, in the championship game of the USSSA Central United States World Series late Saturday night to claim the program’s first national tournament title.
“That was a total team effort,” coach Randy Fyler said. “I’m just so proud of every last one of them.”
The Phenix took 11 players to Oklahoma: Dana Kramer, Rachel Potvin, Kristen Bell, Cori Munoz, Jamie Jarrett, Jamie Morgison, Maddie Potvin, Megan Wilson, Sami Buffalomeat, Shelley Prost and Amanda Montgomery.
Bell, a Lawrence High softball standout, was named tournament MVP.
The Phenix began the midwest regional tournament 3-1 in pool play, and then went 5-0 in bracket play to take it all. The midwest regional had teams from seven states compete.
The Phenix beat teams from five states.
The Phenix finished their season with a 35-7 record.