The Mid-MO Evolution 18-and-under team swept all four of their games in Kansas City last weekend to take home a state championship

KANSAS CITY — Another Mid-Missouri Evolution team has brought a state softball championship home to the Waynesville/St. Robert area.

Coach Stanley Crum’s 18-and-under team pulled off a four game sweep in Kansas City last weekend to claim the state title in the oldest age bracket.

Behind the arm of local phenom, and Newburg’s own, Shelby Friend, Crum’s team outscored its opponents 27-6 over the course of the tournament.

“Shelby pitched all four games and stifled opposing hitters all weekend,” Crum said. “She gave up six runs, but only two of those were earned.”

Evolution hitters definitely brought their bats with them.

The team recorded double digit hits in every game it played. Hollie Carroll, Anna Feeler and Sara Crum lead the hit parade. Jessica Kane and Danielle Chastain found their way on base numerous times to set the stage for big hits that produced runs. Skylar Collison was clutch at the plate, driving in multiple runs in crucial situations.

“Our young ladies saved their best for last. They played near flawless softball the entire tournament and clearly deserved to be State Champions,” Crum concluded.

This 18-and-under team is predominantly staffed with 2014 graduates from Waynesville and surrounding schools. Shelby Friend, Anna Feeler, Sara Crum and Jessica Kane have all accepted scholarships to compete at the collegiate level while working toward their degrees.

“This was the perfect ending for these young ladies to cap off illustrious high school and travel ball careers,” Evolution Founder Jason Marcum said. “They will remember this achievement for the rest of their lives, and they absolutely deserve it. They were the best team in the tournament, and they solidified that through their play.”

Marcum continued by saying it was great to see all of the years of hard work his girls have put in pay off.

“Some of these players have played softball for upwards of ten years, and there is a ton of hard work and commitment that goes into playing this game at a high level like this. Coach Crum did a bang-up job with this crew and the results speak for themselves.”

Three Evolution teams are currently playing or will play in the USSSA World Series events in Kansas and Florida this weekend through next. Upon completion, the organization will hold assessments and selections for next year’s 12U-18U teams on August 2.