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By Dan Perrine
For The Record 

GT Shockers win FASA World Series


Last updated 7/25/2023 at 9:57am

The GT Shockers showoff the trophy they won and their champions medals after winning the FASA World Series in Branson, Missouri

A select team of twelve girls from the local area played during the third week of July as the GT Shockers in the FASA (Fastpitch America Softball Association) World Series held at Branson, Missouri. The GT Shockers took home the championship trophy on Saturday, July 22, rallying after dropping into the losers bracket and advancing all the way to win the tournament.

The opposing teams were all elite competition of select teams from around the nation for the girls from southeast Texas to face. The Shockers lost early to a very strong team from Missouri where the tournament was being played, and that team was said to be the favorite to win the tournament.

The GT Shockers are from the left Brooke Mayer (behind), Eden Frenzel, Tessa Erickson, Makenna Knight, Jillian Brown, Calli Wiggins (both behind), Asia Woodson, Hallee Becker, Ella Stephenson, Ava White, Keylie Washburn, and Kendell Jones (Jensyn Yeaman and Charlee Sanches are not in photo as they were unable to attend the tournament)

Bouncing back from the early loss the GT Shockers had to win five straight games in come from behind situations to stay alive and advance in the tournament. They made it through the losers bracket, and then had to play the Missouri Chiefs the same team that beat the Shockers initially.

Prior to the game the umpires reminded the GT Shockers that the Missouri Chiefs were undefeated thus far in this year's world series. The umps went so far as to say they thought the Chiefs were unbeatable.

The GT Shockers proved the umpires wrong. The Shockers won the "if" game to force a winner take all game with the Missouri Chiefs which the GT Shockers won 4-2 to grab the championship finishing the tournament with an 8-2 record.

Girls from five local high schools including Little Cypress Mauriceville, Bridge City, and Orangefield played on the GT Shockers. Team members are Keylie Washburn, Tessa Erickson, Brooke Mayer, Hallee Becker, Makenna Knight, Ella Stephenson, Ava White, Eden Frenzel, Asia Woodson, Kendell Jones, Jillian Brown, Calli Wiggins, Jensyn Yeaman, and Charlee Sanches. Coaches for the GT Shockers are Bill Stephenson, Wayne Stephenson, Jamey Knight, Madeline Stephenson, and honorary coach Aiden Brown.


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