The Horsham Little League girls softball team of 9 and 10 year olds have made history and are stepping up to the plate this week for another memorable feat.
The 13-member team, along with more than two dozen family members, set out for Greensburg today for the state championships, which continue through Sunday.
“This is the first time a girls team from Horsham has gone this far,” Beth Cisler, whose daughter plays on the team, wrote in an excited e-mail to Patch after the girls succeeded in winning the Section 8 title last week.
Coach Rob Daniels attributes the girls’ success to their strong commitments, teamwork, and, of course, “quality” pitching.
“Anytime a kid succeeds, it’s the kids. Anytime they fail it’s the coaches,” said Daniels, a coach of six years. “They’re a great group of kids, a great group of girls and great softball players.”
For Daniels, who has “coached every youth sport in Horsham,” the softball team – of which his 10-year-old daughter is a part – has required the most intense commitment. But, it’s offered him the greatest reward.
“They’re really good teammates,” Daniels said. “Everybody roots for everybody. Everybody cheers for everybody.”
Even during some of the team’s 16 season wins, when the girls were down, Daniels said they still exuded a “high degree of confidence.”
“They never quit and they rarely ever get rattled,” he said.
As the girls make a pitch for their next title – state champs - Daniels said the community’s support and outpourings of congratulations have positively reinforced what a remarkable season the girls have had.
“We’ve all been amazed and proud of the community’s support,” Daniels said. “Little league is one of those experiences that binds people of all ages together.”
And everyone likes cheering for the home team, whether the games are played locally, or in Greensburg.
For more information on the tournament schedule, click here.