The 13-and-under and 16-and-under Evolution teams won the state tournament and Summer Smash tournament, respectively, over the weekend
The area’s premier travel softball organization, Mid-Missouri Evolution, had a huge weekend. Coach Doug Loggins’ 13-and-under team captured a 14U State Championship in New Melle, Missouri, and Coach Jason Marcum’s 16U team won the Summer Smash tournament in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Marcum, who is also the founder of the Evolution organization, said Loggin's team is comprised of 11 to 14 year-olds that are chock full of talent and coachability.
“Their hard work and dedication over the fall and winter months have produced fruit time and time again, and this state title validates all of the hours of blood, sweat and tears this group has put in,” Marcum said. “We are extremely proud to say this group is our future, and that future is bright.”
Coach Loggins’ team went 7-0 in the tournament, and they had to come from behind in two games to ensure victory.
Pitching ace Trista Heavin went 4-0 in the circle. Two of her victories were in relief.
Morgan Loggins and Kirsten Strebe contributed huge hits to propel their team to the winner’s circle after facing a deficit.
Heavin scored the winning run of the championship game on an errant throw, and the victory party began with joy, tears and hugs from players and parents alike.
Loggins' 13U team finished ranked fourth in the nation.
Marcum’s team went 7-1 on the weekend behind strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting.
Crocker’s Delayne Patton threw a no hitter, a one hitter and won another game on the mound to finish 3-0 on the weekend, improving her record to 11-1 on the year.
Reese Weber, Lyndsay Reeves, Shelby Carr and Taylor Blattel all connected on homeruns.
“We played five games in stifling heat and humidity on Saturday, and the players did great with it,” Marcum said. “Our ability to get batters out and how we routinely hit the ball hard has carried us this far. We have young ladies that are going to play at high levels of collegiate softball, and big time athletes produce time and time again.”
Marcum's team finished third in the nation to wrap up the year.
All four Mid-Missouri Evolution teams will play in the Cleats 4 Cure benefit tournament this weekend in Carthage, Missouri.
Jason Marcum and Derek Dueker contributed to this report.