Independence day weekend didn’t just see fireworks in the sky – the Westside 6U girls t-ball team exploded onto the scene claiming the first Louisiana Babe Ruth girls 6U state championship in Houma.
This year marked the first year that the Babe Ruth League, in which Westside baseball and softball plays, had a 6U level in the All-Star tournament. The team was comprised of twelve girls from the three different 6U Westside teams.
Head Coach Shaun Morvant, who also serves as the Westside baseball and softball league vice president, said he would do anything to grow the league and felt that entering a Westside girls 6U team into this year’s all-star tournament was the perfect place to start.
“I want to give our girls more options,” Morvant said. “The more they have a chance to play, the more likely they will continue playing softball past recreational ball.”
And continue playing ball they will. The group of 6-year-olds (and under six) were invited to continue their all-star play at the regional tournament in Dumas, Texas, but the decision was made against it due to the distance (as did the 10U girls). Instead they will continue playing as a team locally.
“We still practice once a week,’ Morvant said. “My goal is to build into a travel team.”
The weekly practices will prepare the girls for another local tournament in Livingston at the end of July. In the fall, the team will play fall ball at Cypress Mounds in Baton Rouge as the Westside Lady Swamp Dogs.
Morvant said he is proud of all of the all-star teams that participated in their respective tournaments.
Westside baseball and softball claimed a total of three state championships with the 8U (Black) and 9U boys, in addition to the 6U girls. Additionally, the 10U girls and 8U (Red) boys were state runners-up in their divisions.
“Westside had a great showing all-around this year,” Morvant said.
In fact, Morvant said that in his five years being involved in the Westside league, this year’s was the best showing he has seen.
Earlier this week, in an e-mail to the parents of Westside athletes, Morvant said, “Our league is only as strong as the support. We need your input to make our league bigger, stronger and even more enjoyable for the kids.”
The Westside Baseball and Softball league has clearly shown that they are, and will continue to be, a force to be reckoned with.