Eleven local girls are sporting some hefty bling, their USSSA World Series rings weighing a winning reminder on their fingers.
Chaos, a U19 girls’ softball team from Andover, caused some victorious chaos of their own during USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) World Series games in New Mexico last month. The girls scored three shut-outs, sweeping the five-game series and taking home the championship trophy – and the world series rings to boot.
“These girls played really well together. Softball is a passion for them and they brought that passion to the field and won big,” said Chaos Coach Cole Hudek.
With only two subs, the slowpitch softball team entered the world series, ready to beat its 2011 third-place finish and eager to take home the trophy.
“They’re a bunch of girls who knew each other since they were little, played against each other since they were little,” Hudek said.
“These girls are good and they know it – they have that winner’s confidence and they bring it on the field,” he said.
Before taking the world series field last month, Chaos had already won the AAA League championship for 2012 and over the past four years since the girls first created Chaos, it had recorded a perfect 68-0 win-loss record in the league, 129-24 in tournament play and finished in first place in 20 of those tournaments.
With its 2012 USSSA World Series win, Chaos is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 1 in the nation in the USSSA U19 competitive division, said Hudek.
And, he said, the girls get into championship game-winning shape beginning in January, perfecting their swing in batting cages, doing weight work and speed training indoors before stepping up to the plate outdoors.
“As soon as the snow’s gone, we’re outside on the softball field,” Hudek said.
The girls – except for a couple who are already college students – attend Andover, Coon Rapids and Champlin Park high schools, and their coaches are all Coon Rapids High School graduates.
Next season, Hudek said, Chaos will advance and take the diamond against opponents in the USSSA women’s league, confident it will establish itself as champion in that field as well.
“These girls play really well together. In women’s league, they’ll put their game face on and bring it. They’ve earned respect and confidence and they’ll be graceful winners in women’s league, too. I just know it,” said Hudek.
For more on the United States Specialty Sports Association, visit www.usssa.com.
Chaos team members
• Allie Bachler
• Amanda Gustafson
• Megan Olson
• Brionna Quinehan
• Kaitlyn Motschenbacher
• Allie Hall
• Alyssa Traeger
• Sari Sohns
• Kahla Hudek
• Michaela Kempf
• Shannon Olson
• Mariah Frigaard
• Coach Dan Bachler
• Coach Bob Sohns
• Coach Cole Hudek
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