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Heartland team in national tourney

Friday, August 2, 2002

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The Heartland Nationals
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Heartland Nationals softball team began its run at another title on Thursday, playing the first game in the Babe Ruth 14-and-under national tournament in South Bend, Ind.

The team won a state tournament in Washington, Mo., and then a regional tournament in Chaffee, Mo., last week to qualify for the national event.

The Nationals team scored 13 runs in each of the three games of the regional tournament last weekend.

"They've all played well," manager Troy Smith said, "but we've really had excellent pitching."

The team allowed at most three runs in any of the three games of the regional tournament. Then again, maybe it's the cheers. Before every game the team shouts "white water Wildcats."

"It's a long story but, it's working so far," Smith said. But actions do speak louder than words.

"Its been a joy and a real pleasure to coach these girls so far," he said. "You can tell someone has worked with them pretty hard to get them to this level."

The Heartland Nationals pictured are, front row from left: Hannah Seyer, Krystal Burnett, Katie Daniel, and Whitney Horrell. Middle: Sarah Cook, Casey Guzman, Kaci Seabaugh, Shea Smith, Miranda Schlosser, Mindy Hendrix, Tori St. Cin, Sara Dooley, Kegan Orr, Jamie Pobst and Jessica Dock. Coaches: Troy Smith, Randy Horrell and Kevin Sanders.