Have you ever heard the taunt, "You throw like a girl?" The Burgaw Angel All-Stars prove it's really a complement. The winning softball team of nine and ten-year-olds is headed to Texas to compete in their world series. Only about a week of practice left before this select group of 12 girls boards a bus, travels 22 hours to Texas to play in their World Series. "I'm so excited because this is my first year to go in a World Series," nine-year-old pitcher Keri White said. "I hope we win Texas," Pitcher and outfielder Jackie Sanabria said. Every Monday through Friday since May, the Burgaw Angel All-Stars have hit the softball diamond for two hours a night, honing their skills, getting ready to face the best teams in the nation. "We're looking forward to winning the World Series," 10-year-old catcher, Alexis Coleman said. "You have to have confidence in yourself," nine-year-old left fielder Robbie Murray said. Coach Stephen White says getting to the World Series was his goal from the beginning of the season. A season where the Angel All-Stars outscored their opponents 121 to 11 and went undefeated through their district play-offs. White says each girl is talented and dedicated, and behind them, dedicated parents who come to every practice. "The morale of the kids and the coaching it's a good experience for her. It makes her a better person, I think," Mom Pamela Ward said. Winning is important to the players but just as important to them is the fun they have and the friends they meet. "I like meeting new kids, having a lot of friends. I just love to play the game," Keri White said. Long gone are the days of finishing school and tea parties. Now, girls can slide, grunt, hit and throw with the big boys. Even in pink nail polish. Coach Stephen White says the Burgaw community has been very generous helping the team raise the 15-thousand dollars needed to pay for the trip to Texas. The Burgaw Angel All-Stars all play their first game a week from Saturday.
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