BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. -- Locals Abby Sexton and Morgan Hodges will compete in the ASA 18 and under Softball World Series Aug. 1-4 in Plant City, Fla.
The two New Madrid County Central grads play for the Northwest Tennessee Spirits traveling softball team, based in Brownsville, Tenn.
After winning its district, the squad went on to win the state championship in Tennessee's 18 and under class. The team enters the World Series with a record of 20-4.
Like in high school, Sexton plays third base and Hodges catches.
"They have both done a really good job," said Spirits coach Tommy Tipton. "We have really enjoyed them. Abby's fielding percentage is about .890. And if Morgan has one passed ball in a game, it's amazing. She does a real good job behind the plate. They are both batting around .325 or .350."
Caruthersville's Heidi Jansen is also a member of the team.
The girls are having fund raisers, road blocks and taking donations from business to make the trip to Florida possible. Those who want to make a donation can contact Abby Sexton at (573) 481-9906 by July 27. Checks can also be sent to West Tennessee Spirits, 1970 State Hwy. FF, Sikeston, Mo. 63801.
Both Sexton and Hodges will play softball for Dyersburg State this fall.
Members of the Northwest Tennessee Spirits are front row, from left: Emily Mayfield, Abby Sexton, Sarah Tipton, Amy Boyett, Brooke McKeen, Brittany Hughes, Tiffany King and Morgan Hodges. Second row: Amy Uitendall, Veronica Yates, Emily King, Paula Dickinson, Darian Denton, Heidi Jansen, Lori Johnson, Beth Gavenmier and Kate Gavenmier. Coaches: Tommy Ferrell and Tommy Tipton.