Force gaining statewide respect

By Kelsi Holstein - PDT Sports Contributor

The Southern Ohio Force, a 10U travel softball team made up of girls from multiple schools in the area, has had remarkable success this season. The team includes girls from Northwest, Wheelersburg, West Portsmouth, and Valley. The team has won 4 championships so far this season and qualifies for USSSA nationals.

“It means a lot. Last year we didn’t win a lot. This year we do. It’s just better to win,” Kyndall Ford, a pitcher, said.

The team has traveled all over the state of Ohio and even out of state. They have gone up against some of the best teams in Ohio. The success that the team has had this season has led to them being ranked in the top 10 of the of Ohio coaches poll through

“It’s been really fun because you’re going to get known for what you do and stuff, and trophies,” Haley Myers, catcher for the team, said.

Even though the team is composed of girls from all different schools, they have found a dynamic that works. Ashlee Spence, a pitcher for the team says that her teammates help to support her when she is on the mound.

“They’re really positive normally. They’re all like helping me, cheering me on during an out. We get along really good,” Spence said.

The girls, who also play for their little league teams, spend a lot of time on softball. It is clear though that their investment is paying off.

“We get to improve, if you don’t get discipline we won’t get and better,” Katelyn Rollins, a pitcher, said.

Assistant coach John Rollins says that the goal of the team is to help the girls improve and to prepare them for playing at the next level.

“If they stick with it. they will be able to have success on high school teams,” John Rollins said.

The Southern Ohio Force will be playing locally this weekend in the ASA Battle of the Tristate. They will also be playing in the ASA Firefighters Memorial against some of the top teams in the Midwest, Memorial Day weekend.

By Kelsi Holstein

PDT Sports Contributor