Aynor recreational softball team receiving national attention

The three Aynor teams who are set to represent our state in the Southeast competition are the SweeTees, Angels and Ponytails. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)
The three Aynor teams who are set to represent our state in the Southeast competition are the SweeTees, Angels and Ponytails. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

AYNOR, SC (WMBF) - The town of Aynor came together Sunday afternoon to celebrate a huge victory for three division of girls softball teams who now hold the state title.

The town of Aynor took it upon themselves to organize a cookout fundraiser at their town Park to help the three teams meet the ten-thousand dollar cost of competing in the Dixie Softball World Series.

This is the first time Aynor has been on the map in Athletics.

The three Aynor teams who are set to represent our state in the Southeast competition are the SweeTees, Angels and Ponytails.

"I have never walked onto the field where you were just feared, where Aynor was just supposed to win – we've always been the underdog," said Johnny Staples, Angels Coach.

Well now, those days are over.

"I really like to win, I hate loosing" said Mary Elaine Staples, Angels player.

Not just one, but three of the town's softball teams took home the state title for the 5 to 10 year olds divisions.

"We are the state champions, we are no longer team Aynor, we are now team south Carolina," Staples explained.

But the Angels Coach explains they team couldn't have done it without the community support.

Staples said, "We also believe that the universe works for us. And we have to play in a way that we have to be better than any umpire back talk, or miss judgment on our part, that plays over. We really try to reward our girls on attitude and effort."

Players will leave Thursday to play in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

The coach explained this season started like many others, a dream of getting to districts, going to states and finally those dreams are coming true.

But reality is hitting home now.

"So then the real excitement kind of dwindles when your stomach drops, how in the world are we going to afford this," Staples explained.

But they believe that the community will pull together to help conquer their dreams.

"I'm ready to go to Tennessee," Mary Elaine Staples said.

If you were not able to make it to the cookout fundraiser Sunday in Aynor, here is the link where you can donate to help the team.

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