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The Vipers are certainly capable of another strong championship run. This season marks the eighth straight year Berry's team has reached the ASA national tournament.
After last year's 18U Gold championship was won by the East Cobb Bullets in Powder Springs, the Vipers are hoping for the same kind of result when they travel to the West Coast. They have good reason to feel confident about their chances after finishing as the 16U national runner up a year ago in College Station, Texas.
Scarpantonio believes the team's camaraderie has been a huge strength for them over the years and has helped them achieve success.
Sullivan and Fowler also scored runs, while the trio of Megan Veringa, Allatoona's Kara Chambers and Kell's Ashley Langley each scored twice. Recent Kell graduate Kelsey Mericka, Missy Perkowski and Brianne Welch each crossed the plate once.
In their opener, the Vipers defeated the Virginia Rowdies Gold 8 1 at Hobgood Park, then traveled over to Twin Creeks Softball Complex to rout the Richmond Ruckus Elite 11 1 in five innings in the nightcap.
Christine Campbell led the Vipers against the Ruckus, batting 3 for 3 with four RBIs. She also served as the starting pitcher, giving up no runs on two hits, walked three and struck out three in two innings. Former Kell standout Taylor Scarpantonio was 1 for 2 with two RBIs, while Moira Sullivan, Chandler Griffin and Caitlin Fowler also had RBIs.
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"Knowing these girls for such a long time, you really learn to trust them and know that they're going to give everything they have," she said. "Even with the new additions, we continue to grow together. It's fun hanging out Nike Womens Down Jacket
The Vipers, who Berry says have won more than 60 games during the summer season, have three more games remaining in the Showcase before heading off to San Diego next week to compete in the Amateur Softball Association of America's 18U Gold National Championship.
"Knowing that we've been there and played for the national championship was great, but now our goal is to go back and finish what we started. These girls have made that their focus. There will be a lot of strong teams, and we'll all be trying to achieve the same goal. We just want to go out there with a purpose and finish the job."
"The team we lost to last year in 16U is probably moving up to 18 like we have. When we get to nationals, we're going to take it one game at a time, but if we come across them during the tournament, we're going to have to show them what we have. They're a good team, and beating them would be a good feeling."
"Last year, we really wanted it, and fought all the way to the championship game," she said. "We were close. Now, our focus is going to San Diego and finishing it. We want to know what it tastes like to have that victory. We were close before, and we think we can get back there again and get it done.
"We have some pictures on our website from when these girls were an 8U team," Berry said. "To see them grow as players, and maturing into young ladies, makes me proud. They've played together for so Nike Black Joggers Mens long, and we just add pieces each year. They've grown up together and they've learned from one Nike Legging Women
with everybody. We're like a big family and we support each other."
Much of the team's success not only stems from its exceptional play on the field, but also from its history. Many of the players on the roster have been a part of this travel team since they were a 12 and Nike Women Trousers
WOODSTOCK The Phil Berry coached Atlanta Vipers 18U Gold team won both of its games Friday on the opening day of the Atlanta Legacy Showcase.
Scarpantonio joined Berry's Vipers as a member of the 14U squad. She also hopes the team can get back to the national championship game and this time take home the title.
another. They're certainly a special group."
"Finishing runner up last year really gave these girls a sense of accomplishment," Berry said. "It was a tough game, and they played hard, but to come out of it and watch the other team hoist that trophy added a sting to it.
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