Orange Crush back from USFA World Series

  The Orange Crush Tri-Cities, a 16 and under girls fast pitch traveling softball team, recently competed in the USFA World Series in Panama City, Florida. Ranked No. 1 in the State of Tennessee USSSA Coaches Poll, the Crush won first place in Summerville, S.C. qualifying them to compete in the World Series.
  After tragically losing a parent and very special part of the team, Charlie Robinson, to a heart attack on July 7, the team made a tough and heart wrenching decision to make the trip to Panama City. Thanks to the support of the community and determination of 12 hard-working and determined young ladies, Panama City was no longer a dream but a reality.
  With over 200 teams competing in the World Series from Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona and Tennessee, the Crush faced some stiff competition. After a strong showing, the Crush finished up on Thursday, losing to the Sliders by a score of 3-2. The girls gained invaluable experience playing against some of the top recruited college prospects in the United States.
  This tournament was bittersweet for the girls, as well as the parents, because this was the first tournament played since Charlie went home to be with the Lord. Though it was heartbreaking not to see his smiling face on the sidelines, it was heartwarming to know that we had our own "Angel in the Outfield" and that he was smiling down on us and was with us in our hearts.
  The girls and parents would like to extend a special thanks to all local businesses as well as individuals who made this trip possible with their financial support.
  The Crush is coached by Milligan College assistant coach Wes Holly, Jr. Holly has extensive softball experience and later this month will be playing in a World Tournament in Salem, Vir., for the Ripley Men's fastpitch team.
  "This is a great group of girls," Holly stated. "They get along well on and off the field, and I feel privileged to have gotten to coach them this year. I think this tournament was great experience for these girls as well as wonderful therapy."
  The Crush's next tournament will be at WInged Deer Park in Johnson City the weekend of Aug. 13.