As the heat rises, many kids find any reason possible to stay indoors. For a local group of Hudson youngsters, those soaring temperatures merely present another hurdle for more championships.
Throughout the past few months, the Hudson 6U Xplosion All-Star softball team has made sure their opponents are the ones feeling the heat as they have racked up wins and rings along their way to an impressive collection of titles.
So far, it has been perfection for the Xplosion as they have piled up a 21-0 record that includes sweeping its way through the recent district and state tournaments.
This past week, the Xplosion stole the show in winning the state tournament at Lufkin’s Kit McConnico Park. Along the way, the local team won six combined games in pool and bracket play.
They won each of their bracket games via the run rule in proving they were the state’s best.
Along the way, the Xplosion beat teams from Mount Pleasant, Montgomery and Magnolia before beating a Van squad in the championship.
That came just a week after the team had picked up the district title. The best competition in their way at that event was another Hudson team, the Lil’ Hornets, which took second place at the event.
Now that the team has proven itself at the district and state level, they are ready to show their mettle against teams from the rest of the nation as they prepare for the Jennie Finch World Series, which will be held in Sulphur, Louisiana, from June 19-23.
Before heading there, the team is looking to help raise money to help offset the expenses of the trip. The team has sold more than 1,000 pints of salsa jars and taken donations from across the community.
For those wishing to contribute, they can donate to individuals by contacting family members of the players.
They can also donate to the team or individually by buying discount cards or jars of salsa.
Monetary donations are also welcome and the team also has available tax forms.
For more information or to donate, contact Paul Davis at 238-0429 or Kris King at 366-8175.
Team members are Karah Sanders, Brynlee Stanberry, Aspen McDonald, Aubree Davis, Raegyn King, Presley Parnell, Harper Slaten, Reese Pressley, Harper Trotti, Brooklyn Allen, Emma Robinson and Katie Lyons. The team is coached by Paul Davis and Scott McDonald.