Youth softball: NEK girls make history, punch ticket to World Series

The Lyndon 14U Babe Ruth All-Stars, made up of players from around the NEK, claimed the New England Regional title to earn a berth at the World Series in July. Players and coaches include (kneeling): Julia Bigelow (LYBS), Kaylynn Pinsonneault (LYBS), Jaydin Royer (LYBS), McKenna Simmons (Oxbow/LYBS), Hadley Allen (Oxbow/LYBS), Kyrsten Lathe (NC). Coaches in front: Justin Royer (Lyndon), Chuck Simmons (Oxbow/LYBS) and Phil Laramie (North Country). Back row: Abby Fillion (LYBS), Rylie Fortin (NC), Jordan Bandy (LYBS), Kyara Rutledge (STJ), Tori Young (LYNB), Julie Tanguay (NC) and Jenna Laramie (NC).

A group of local softball players from Lyndon, Newport, Bradford and St. Johnsbury recently travelled to Pittsfield, Mass. to compete in the Babe Ruth New England Regional 14U Championship.

They did the unthinkable… They won.

We’ve covered local sports for almost 200 years and, to our knowledge, no team from the NEK has ever won a New England title.

The unprecendented feat punches the kids a ticket to the Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Florida next week.

But they have some serious fundraising to do.

Julia Bigelow, Kaylynn Pinsonneault, Jaydin Royer, McKenna Simmons, Hadley Allen, Kyrsten Lathe, Abby Fillion, Rylie Fortin, Jordan Bandy, Kyara Rutledge, Tori Young, Julie Tanguay, Jenna Laramie and coaches Justin Royer, Chuck Simmons and Phil Laramie are hustling to raise $30,000 by next week. We donated to their worthy cause and hope you’ll consider doing the same.

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