"I am very proud for Marshall County and the state of Tennessee that we are going, I really am," said head coach Danny Hollingsworth. "We are going to go down there and we will do our level best to make Marshall County and the state of Tennessee proud of us."
The All-Star team received a berth in the big show when it was announced earlier this year by the Babe Ruth League national headquarters that all state tournament winners will automatically be included in the World Series.
The MYCBSL team invited all other 12U teams in the state to participate in a state tournament and all declined, giving State Commissioner Roger Giles the authority to invite the Marshall County squad to play in the World Series.
"It means a lot more when you win something to get there," said Hollingsworth. "Although we didn't get to play a state tournament this year, we were willing to play, ready to play and we have won it with these girls the last five years, so I had no doubt we would have won the state tournament and gone anyway."
The core group of the squad has been together for five years and has been through the grind of almost every major test, including Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament appearances in the 8U division in 2008 at North Carolina, in the 10U division at Varina, Virginia in 2009 and at Altamonte Springs, Fla. in 2010 where they lost 11-3 in the title game to Pitt County, N.C.
Last season in the Southeast Regional Tournament held at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex in Lewisburg, Pitt County got the best of the local girls once again when they beat Hollingsworth's squad 11-0 in the 12U semifinals.
"I guess you could say, we have been playing the last five years to get there, we have earned it and our state commissioner has seen that and that is why he has sent us to the World Series as our state representative," said Hollingsworth.
After a week off, the girls go back on the road where they will take part in the USGF World Series, beginning on July 17 at Pringles Park in Jackson.
Hollingsworth said, "It costs our all-star family a lot of money when we go to these tournaments to get ready to go to the World Series to represent Marshall County and we hope people in Marshall County appreciate that, back these kids, and help us with some fund raising."
"We are going to send these kids down there in style, we have already bought them all matching helmets and matching bags as kind of gifts to the girls for hanging in there the last five years and doing that tournament trail," added Hollingsworth.
The team will do fundraising over the next few weeks by appearing on WJJM radio, WAXO television, selling Sonic gift cards and other activities.
Hollingsworth has also secured several corporate sponsors and is looking for more to offset the costs of the historic trip.
Then it will off to Florida and the Babe Ruth World Series for the twelve-girl squad that includes Leah Hollingsworth, Jordan Yelensky, Blair Richards, Samantha King, Jasmine Runk, Carson Warner, Halle Chapman, KiAnna Holder, Courtney Edde, Aliyah Holder, Autumn Kelly, and Hannah Singleton.
Assistant coaches for the team are Jackie Chapman, Dwayne Singleton and Brian Edde.