The Londonderry Lightning 10U Softball team has a lot to be proud of.
The team just recently enjoyed a successful tournament at the Babe Ruth World Series event, which was held in Jensen Beach, Florida between July 27 and Aug. 3.
Londonderry qualified for the World Series after winning the New Hampshire state championship, and had the opportunity to face teams from all over the country. Led by head coach Mike Saucier, the team finished their participation in the Florida tournament with five wins in seven matches and placed fifth in the nation.
The Lightning had two pool games. On Sunday, July 28, the Lightning got a close 1-0 victory over Levelland from Texas, and the next day they beat the Dalles from Oregon, 6-4. The Lightning advanced to the knockout stages, where on Tuesday, July 30, they got a big 11-1 victory over Sikeston from Missouri.
Londonderry was the No. 4 seed, but lost to the fifth seed and eventual runner-up JPRD East (Metairie, LA) in the next round, 17-1 on Wednesday, July 31. The team continued in the very same day to consolation matches, where it quickly recovered from that loss with wins over the Dalles (14-4) and Levelland (6-5). The next day, Londonderry lost 10-3 to a local team from Florida (Oviedo), ending their tournament and a chance to play in the finals.
The team finished its season with a 43-5 overall record and won seven of the eight New England tournaments it entered, including the Babe Ruth Districts, States, and the USA Softball State Championship.
The team’s roster included: Caileigh Aguiar, Viv Belanger, Addie Browning, Regan Burns, Riley Campo, Shannon Crowley, Mackenzie Daneau, Elisabeth Kearney (who led the World Series tournament in strikeouts with 47 over 22.2 innings), Emma Saucier and Annie Williams. The coaches were Mike Saucier (head), Mike Campo, Tara Crowley, and Catherine Kearney.