After a close call last year, the Carolina Badkatz are headed to nationals.
Now they're trying to fund their trip.
The Badkatz have two fundraisers planned in advance of their trip to Normal, Ill., for the USA/ASA Girls 18U Class-A National Fastpitch Championship from July 31 to Aug. 5. The team will hold a bake sale and collect donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Beaufort and put on a softball clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Ridgeland volunteer fields. The clinic is for players under age 15 and costs $10 per player.
The team is also accepting donations by mail at Carolina Badkatz, 471 Wiley St., Ridgeland, SC 29936.
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The Badkatz earned their bid to nationals by going 5-1 at the state tournament June 24-25 in Greenville, beating the South Carolina Hurricanes in the finals.
The team is made up of players from Bluffton High School, Thomas Heyward Academy, Battery Creek High School, Beaufort High School, Wade Hampton, Northwood Academy, Stratford and Ashley Hall.
CAROLINA BADKATZ 18U STATE CHAMPIONS
Roster: Taylor Ernestine, Brianna Kelnhofer, Alexia Cortez, Courtney Smith, Magen Thrower, Chandler Cook, Kylie Godley, Megan Taylor, Jessica Graham, Andrea Daring and Ashlie Layman.
Coaches: Bob Layman, Maria Ernestine, Clark Daring and Terry Smith.
TIDES WIN TITLE IN LEXINGTON TOURNEY
The 8-and-under Tides baseball team went 5-0 to take the championship of the showcase invitational in Lexington this weekend, defeating the Augusta River Cats 5-2 in the title game. Garrett Junk hit .583 and was named the tournament MVP to lead the Tides, a team made up of players from Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.
Other stars on offense for the Tides were Harrison Green (.800), Cooper George (.714), Jace Blackshear (.600), JP Peduzzi (.538, 2 HRs), Niko Laing (.533), Cole Demarzo (.500), Kyle Sullivan (.500), Zack Morrillo (.500), John Ian Suttay (.444) and Will McCracken (.428).
The Tides (48-7) travel to Summerville for the USSSA World Series on July 20-24.
HIGH SCHOOLS TO OFFER PHYSICALS
Bluffton High School will be hosting physicals at 2:15 p.m., July 27, in the school's athletics wing. The cost is $10 cash. Any athlete planning to participate in fall, winter or spring sports during the upcoming school year must have a physical dated after April 1, 2011.
Hilton Head High
Hilton Head High will offer physicals for all high school and middle school athletes at 5 p.m., July 27, at the school's fieldhouse, located next to the baseball field. The cost is $10 cash. Any athlete planning to participate in fall, winter or spring sports during the upcoming school year must have a physical dated after April 1, 2011.
The Battery Creek High School athletics department will be giving sports physicals from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 30 in the health room at Robert Smalls Middle School. The cost is $10 cash. South Carolina High School League physical forms are available in the front office.