The Carolina Terminators, an all-girls baseball team that features three area youngsters, have won the national championship, the first such event for girls baseball in the United States.
The girls won 7-6 Thursday over the Central Florida Rays in the title game.
“What a great experience to be a part of making history,” said Terminators’ coach Clay Adams. “We knew we weren’t the favorites to win but the girls played their hearts out and we showed them what Carolina girls are made of.”
Trailing 2-1, the Terminators came up with five runs in the second inning and never trailed again. Mary Bowman of Cary singled in Meredith McFadden of Charlotte to tie the score at 2-2. Gianna Scarfone of Monroe came home on a bunt before Anya Bergfeld of Florence, SC singled in two runs. Carissa Adams of Fuquay-Varina singled in a run to end the rally with the Carolina girls up 6-2.
The Terminators gave up a run before scoring another themselves on a Scarfone RBI that made it 7-3 in the third.
Carolina had to hold on as a two-run homer cut the score to 7-5 and then Central Florida scored in the sixth and final inning, and may have tied or taken the lead if not for a lunging catch by Cary’s Kayla Tanner in deep center field.
Adams, a knuckleball pitcher, struck out five in three innings on the mound to take the win.
The Terminators are part of a national effort to get girls involved in baseball. The Carolina Terminators include girls from the age of 11 to 13, mostly from North Carolina.
Clay and Tammy Adams, parents of Carissa, and Bobby Bowen, dad of player Taylor, are the team coaches.
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