Local travel ball team has chance to compete in California

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A 10-and-under softball team from Mount Olive recently played in a national tournament and has a chance to compete in California if it can raise the funds for the trip.

The Mount Olive Xplosion 10u travel softball team was invited to play in North Ridgeville, Ohio, May 3-5 for the 10u PGF Super Select Showdown. Xplosion coach Henry Fulghum described the Showdown as “one of the best experiences of my life. I have been coaching travel softball for five years and nothing compares to this.”

The tournament hosted the top 46 teams from across the nation. After a long weekend of playing ball, the Xplosion girls came in fourth place, playing against nationally ranked teams.

“I am so proud of everyone on the team. I am mostly proud of the heart my team showed,” Fulghum said. “In more than one game we were behind and had to battle to get back to the top. My team never gave up. I knew we were playing the highest level teams and only asked my girls to compete and not only did they compete, they won a lot.”

“The message I give my team before every game is that they are a very good team. They have earned the right to play with the very best in the nation ‘because you are the best in the nation,’” Fulghum said. “There are no bad teams at this level, so as their coach I ask them to give this team 110 percent. Everyone on this team has a role to play and as a team we need every girl to play hard.”

The Xplosion was also given a berth to play in the PGF National Championship in Huntington Beach, California, July 28-Aug. 4. This tournament is the highest level for this age group in the country, Fulghum said.

Mount Olive Xplosion is asking for donations to help them pay for the trip. The cost will include airfare and hotel rooms.

“We don’t want any child to be missing out,” Fulghum said. “This Mount Olive Xplosion team is a family that loves softball and now we need our community to help us go to California and play.”

To make a donation, contact Amy Fulghum at 252-286-7220 or Henry Fulghum at 919-223-1284.

“I tell the girls as long as they play hard and give life and softball their very best, they will have no regrets. We have worked hard to be good and now it is our time to shine.”

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