Kneeling are, from left, Kya Santiago, Makayla Benfield, Vada Bowden and Madison Cronic. Standing are MiKayla Beckett, Hannah Angel, Chelsea Lewallen, Tybee Denton, Jill Martinet, Jewels Ayers, Sarah Barrett. Coaches are Kelby Cronic, Jeff Lewallen,
The BC Pride all-star softball team from Banks County won the Dizzy Dean 12-and-under 2014 World Series in Southaven, Miss., this past weekend, taking out teams from all over the southeast.<br />
It was Banks County's first ever world series victory, as the Pride won four straight games without yielding a run.<br />
Banks County rolled over the Starkville (Miss.) Storm 14-0, the Hernando (Miss.) Tigers 17-0 and Jasper (Ala.) 6-0 before blanking Jasper again 6-0 in the championship game. <br />
Tybee Denton sparked the Pride with an MVP performance, tossing one perfect game, two no-hitters and a one-hit shutout in championship game. Denton struck out 41 batters over the weekend, while also batting .500 with 13 RBI to earn All-Tournament team honors. <br />
Jill Martinet led Banks County with a .600 batting average. Kya Santiago, Sarah Barrett, and Denton each batted .500, while Hannah Angel was next, batting .429. <br />
Their performances helped Banks County to fulfill its goal of claiming the title after finishing as 2013 Dizzy Dean runners-up.<br />
Banks County was also presented with the sportsmanship award by the Atlanta Braves.
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
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