When it won the state tournament, Citrus Park rode the arms of its pitching staff. At last weekend's South Regional tournament in Clearwater, the pitching once again was solid — but this time, the hitters did their part, too.
The combination was lethal.
In five games, Citrus Park outscored its opponents 49-20.
The result? A tournament championship and a berth in the Little League Softball Big League World Series, which begins Monday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
"That was probably a true statement of the way they're capable of playing," Citrus Park coach Al Bowman said. "Do the math; we scored a lot of runs."
The team, comprised of players ages 14-18, has four recent high school graduates and nine players who attend local high schools. Nearly half the team will compete for Sickles in the spring.
On the mound, recent Gaither graduate Morgan Grove, who will play for Tallahassee Community College, has been the ace — she earned the win in the final Sunday.
Erica Bowman, who had a grand slam and three-run shot in one of the team's wins, and Mya Anderson, who had three homers in the tournament, sparked the offense at the plate.
"It's all starting to come together," Al Bowman said.