The Bomb Squad 12-and-under softball team, including players from the Bryant area, placed second in the[more] dual-sanctioned USSSA/USFA Mother’s Day Madness tournament on May 7-8 in Olive Branch, Miss. The performance qualified the team for the ESPN Rise World Series in Orlando, Fla.
Bomb Squad members are, from left and top to bottom, Anna Turpin, Julie Ward, Rebecca Voss, Laura Jean Helmich, Miranda Mayfield, Baylee Boyles, Shayla McKissock, Jordan Herbner, Bailey Zini, Sara Gonzales. Also shown, Miss Jenna Ward.
The Bomb Squad opened pool play with a 7-2 win over the Mississippi Lady Tigers then absorbed a 9-8 loss to Mississippi Extreme. In the double-elimination championship tournament, they started with a 3-0 win over Midsouth Extreme then a 2-0 win over the Arkansas Knockouts. The Squad then got back at Mississippi Extreme with an 11-1 win but then ran into the Mississippi Crush. A tough 7-6 loss sent the Bomb Squad to the losers bracket but they ousted the Arkansas Shock, 4-2, to get another shot at Mississippi Crush in the championship game. But again Crush prevailed, this time, 9-1.