Special to the Bulletin

NACOGDOCHES ó The Reckless softball team went undefeated last weekend to capture the ASA 14U B State Tournament championship here and ensure a berth in the national tournament in Alabama.

The team is composed of girls from the surrounding areas, including Brownwood, Early, Coleman, Blanket, Santa Anna, Comanche and Goldthwaite.

The tournament featured 22 teams, and the Reckless won five games to claim the crown.

The first game Friday was a 14-0 win over Wildfire from Lake Jackson. Kate Atchley was pitcher and Amanda Gober was the catcher.

The team played two games Saturday, defeating the Bomb Squad from League City first by a score of 11-1. Julia Loudermilk pitched two innings and Daniela Castillo pitched three innings, with Morgan Birrell as catcher.

The second game Saturday was an 8-1 win over the Freeport Lady Longhorns. Atchley was the pitcher and Gober was the catcher.

The Reckless faced Cen-Tex Explosion from Rogers on Sunday, and won 2-0 with Loudermilk a pitcher and Birrell as catcher.

The championship game was against the Explosion, which had come through the loserís bracket. The Reckless won 15-1, with Castillo as pitcher and Birrell as catcher.

Coaches Charles and Joan Atchley, Cody Norris and Joe Zarate said the team played nearly flawless defense, committing only four errors in five games. On offense, the team outscored opponents 50-3 in five games. They congratulated team members for their hard work, teamwork, attitudes and sportsmanship. The team is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The team will play for the national championship July 31-Aug. 5 in Gadsden, Ala., and Coach Joan Atchley said the team is extremely excited about going to the national tournament and having the opportunity to bring home a national title.

The team roster includes Julia Loudermilk, pitcher and center field; Carissa Zarate, third base; Rynn Norris, left field; Kate Atchley, pitcher and shortstop; Amanda Gober, catcher and second base; Shandi Winstead, right field; Morgan Birrell, shortstop and catcher; Daniela Castillo, pitcher and left field; Madison Berry, first base; and Kish Suniga, second base.

Previous tournaments in which the Reckless has participated include the Sunrise Optimist Jump into Spring Tournament in Wichita Falls in March, where the team placed second out of 16 teams. In April, the team placed fifth out of 22 teams in the San Marcos Spring Classic. The Reckless won first place among 12 teams at the 18th annual Leon River Classic in Temple. The team was second out of 28 teams at the 8 Game Classic in Midland.