PW State Champions
              2018 9-11 Girls State Little League Champions
Team l-r: Emily Moore, Kaylor Picklesimer, Kamryn Spriggs, Brooklyn Pitts, Myla Mead, Shelby Rhea, Morgan Stiles, Kate Rollins, Addison Arnold, Kyndall Ford. In front: Emma Sayre
This past July, West Portsmouth Little League hosted the district tournament for the Girls 11U softball teams. Our Lady Senators ran away with the district title by sweeping the competition and maintaing a perfect 3-0 record. The Senator team scored 35 runs during the three district games and only gave up one run to their opponents. The district championship allowed the Lady Senators to advance to state tournament play.
In late July, the Lady Senators traveled to Tallmadge, Ohio, where they again went undefeated rolling over Cuyahoga Falls South, Fairland, and Tallmadge. Their first victory was a 15-0 blowout over Cuyahoga Falls that lasted only 3 innings due to outstanding play both on the field in the batter's box by the Senator team. In semi-final play, the Lady Senators met up with Fairland. The Senators had previously defeated Fairland in district play with 11-0 and 9-1 victories. State play was no different as the team took the game with a 5-1 victory. In the championship game against Tallmadge, the Senator team delivered a 10-3 victory to bring the state title home. 
PW State Champions
PW 11U State Champions with coaches Shad Ford, JP Picklesimer, John Rollins, Rodney Moore
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Head Coach Shad Ford commented to Kevin Colley with the Scioto Voice

"Emma was tremendous," Ford said. "Emily Moore was fantastic hitting the ball and playing shortstop. Kate and Kyndall both grew up during the state games, which was big, and the entire lineup put the ball in play. We had nine girls put the ball in play. Anytime you don't strike out, good things will happen. We flubbed up in a couple of innings, when we had some errors that scored a couple of runs, but we cleaned that up and did very well defensively. I just contribute that to the hard work that we've put in so far. It paid off. without question, and we hope to do that again next year.


"When they come back for their 12U year, we want to achieve bigger goals and keep the momentum going," Ford said. "That is what it takes. We have to have that mindset in order to get better and better. The overall goal is for these kids to be successful, both on and off the field. We not only want them to win a state title and get college scholarships to play the game of softball, but we want them to be honor roll students and obtain goals that will make them successful in life."


"With any of the teams that you see at this level, they know how to play softball," Ford said. "The history with Tallmadge, especially, is something else. I've known about them from back in the 80s. I was proud of ourselves and I am proud of Wheelersburg and Scioto County, as a whole, for how we've represented the game. Wheelersburg's doing what they're doing, and we're beginning to get back to what we did in the late 90s and early 2000s."


In District 11 and 11U State competition, the Lady Senator outscored their opponents by a 64-5 margin! 


Congratulations West Portsmouth 11U Lady Senators! 

Lady Senator at Wnxt radio station
Lady Senator at WNXT Community Corner Hometown Radio Show with Coach Ford
PW State Champs honored at game
Team receives special recognition at the football game
PW state champs pose in field of dreams
Lady Senators find their "Field of Dreams"
PW Girls District Champions
The Team and their Coaches: District Champs