The Xplosion 04, a local 12-U travel softball team, capped won the USSSA Southeast National Championship July 23 in Gulf Shores.
The Xplosion’s roster is made up of Jaden Dismuke and Riley Jones from Crossville, Mia Tidmore and Lily Boswell from Rainsville, Lydia West and Lily Rowell from Geraldine, Bella Pettis and Livia Cowart from Fyffe, Haley Lisenbee from Sand Rock and Emily Ellis and Hannah Buffington from Fort Payne.
The team started the tournament off on a bad note with a 2-1 loss to the 007 04’s from Gonzales, Louisiana. The Xplosion bounced back and won both of their other pool play games by 10-1 scores over teams from McCalla and Deridder, Louisiana.
Their 2-1 pool play record put the team in a first round matchup with Cole Minnows 03 from Little Rock, Arkansas. The Xplosion lived up to their name and won 8-1.
The team went on to dominate in their next two games, winning by scores of 6-2 and 6-1 to advance to the semifinals where they faced a team that was undefeated in the tournament at that point in Impact Gold from Sulphur, Louisiana.
The Xplosion had their closest win of the tournament. Their 4-2 victory was their third win of the day and it put the team in the finals at noon the next day. It was a double elimination tournament, therefore the team needed two wins to become Southeast National Champions.
The girls kept their momentum and beat the Louisiana Lady Lightning 6-3 in their first game of the final day. The win allowed the team to wait for a team to advance out of the losers’ bracket. The Lady Lightning earned a rematch with the Xplosion later in the day.
The Xplosion saved their best offensive performance for last. They dominated at the plate and cruised their way to a 16-3 win and the Southeast National Championship.
The team went 8-1 for the tournament and never gave up more than three runs in a single game.
The Xplosion finished with a 28-8 record in six USSSA tournaments. In those six tournaments, the Xplosion finished as runners-up four times and won the Mothers Day Classic in May and the Southeast National Championship.
The team hopes to keep their roster together and go after more championship trophies and rings next year.