The Conway Dixie Angels didn’t win the district championship, but coaches are proud of the team for advancing further than any previous recreation league fast-pitch softball team in city history.
The 10-and-under team went 2-2 in the district tournament recently in Pleasant Hill, finishing second to state softball power Latta.
“All of our girls were first year all-stars except for Sadie (Richardson) and to get to the championship game is a big accomplishment,” manager Michael Thompson said. “Latta was just in a different league than everyone else. We fielded a team with mostly 9-year-olds and only three, 10-year-olds. We’ll have nine returning players next year if everyone comes back.”
According to Thompson, hitting was a strength, and the team also had three good pitchers led by Emily Adams, who had the best arm on the team. The other pitchers were Emmie Spivey and Meredith Thompson.
Assisting with the coaching duties were Jake Drew and Penny Benton Causey, who grew up playing recreation league softball in Conway before starring at Conway High School. Causey remembers that the city offered only slow pitch softball when she was growing up.
“I’m proud that our girls fought to the end,” she said. “Latta was a great team, but our girls did not give up.”
Causey believes many of the players will go on to star in recreation league and high school softball.
“We will be back,” she said. “It’s nice to coach at the same place where I grew up playing and to coach some of the kids of the players that I played with.”
Members of the team are Emily Ann Adams, Benton Causey, Caroline Daly, Olivia Drew, Meredith Larrimore, Paige Larrimore, Sadie Richardson, Kyra Shaffer, Emmie Spivey, Meredith Thompson, Emma Martin and Margaret Collins.