Gold Rush 12U softball team earns runner-up in Georgia World Series

  • The Gold Rush 12U travel softball team completed its first season with runner-up honors at the Georgia World Series held in Toccoa recently. The team, made up of Lumpkin and Dawson county players, also won the Champions of Georgia State tournament in its inaugural season.
    The Gold Rush 12U travel softball team completed its first season with runner-up honors at the Georgia World Series held in Toccoa recently. The team, made up of Lumpkin and Dawson county players, also won the Champions of Georgia State tournament in its inaugural season.
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Several of Lumpkin County’s future softball stars were on full display when the Gold Rush 12U softball team finished its inaugural 2018-2019 season by earning the runner-up title at the Georgia World Series in Toccoa, recently.
The Gold Rush 12U softball team, who played a total of 43 games during the season, started the year off with a fall tournament in Winder,  in November of last year. The team then competed in 10 Spring/Summer tournaments against teams in and around the metro Atlanta area. After a successful fall and spring, the Gold Rush 12U softball team then took on some of the best teams from all across the state when they participated in the Champions of Georgia State Tournament in Austell in May.
The team displayed its strength during the Champions of Georgia State Tournament and battled their way to the top spot in the tournament to be crowned the champions of the Champions of Georgia tournament.
The strong showing earned the Gold Rush 12U softball team a spot in the Georgia World Series. The Gold Rush played well during the tournament, advancing to the championship game. However, the Gold Rush’s winning ways came to a halt in the championship game and the team would have to settle for runner-up honors.
The runner-up title was a fitting conclusion to the Gold Rush 12U softball team’s fantastic first season and has set the bar high for future members of the travel team.
The Gold Rush 12U softball team is made up of softball players from Lumpkin and Dawson counties who are between the ages of 11 and 12.
This year’s team included Summer Peppers, Lily Kidd, Liberty Brown, Ava Estes, Ladelle Carpenter, Brooklyn Estrella, Sophie Welch, Gracie Cline, Addie Brown, Chloe Fortner, Khloe Gooch and Hailey Herron of Lumpkin County and Avery Heist, Alyssa Daniel and Maddie Dudney of Dawson County.
The team was led by head coach Nancy Epperson.
“I am proud of each girl on the team and can not wait to see what the girls do in the upcoming year,” said Epperson.