Galaxy’s cluster of wins

Published 10:48 pm Friday, July 11, 2014

The 12U team for Galaxy Fastpitch celebrates after winning the NSA's Virginia Cup at the 12U level. The squad has also won the NSA's 12U Class B State Championship. Front row, from left: Loren Hudson, Lexy Massey (Suffolk), Ashlyn Baker, Cameron Pagan (Suffolk), Faith Kitchen and Bailey Johnson; middle row, from left: Valerie Cagle, Peyton Coleman, Claire Smeltzer and Maison Myers; back row, from left: coaches Woodie Kitchen, Jodie Coleman, Mark Cagle and Marcus Myers; not pictured: Jordyn Brink. (Photo submitted by Mark Cagle)

The 12U team for Galaxy Fastpitch celebrates after winning the NSA’s Virginia Cup at the 12U level. The squad has also won the NSA’s 12U Class B State Championship. Front row, from left: Loren Hudson, Lexy Massey (Suffolk), Ashlyn Baker, Cameron Pagan (Suffolk), Faith Kitchen and Bailey Johnson; middle row, from left: Valerie Cagle, Peyton Coleman, Claire Smeltzer and Maison Myers; back row, from left: coaches Woodie Kitchen, Jodie Coleman, Mark Cagle and Marcus Myers; not pictured: Jordyn Brink. (Photo submitted by Mark Cagle)

The Suffolk-based Galaxy Fastpitch travel softball organization has been no stranger to success during its 2013-14 season. This has been in large part due to the program’s 10U and 12U programs that have combined for eight tournament championships, including one state title.

The Galaxy Fastpitch 10U team has had a phenomenal campaign, with a glowing record of 51-17-2. The Virginia National Softball Association State Rankings currently have the squad at No. 1 among Fastpitch 10U teams.

Through 11 tournaments played, the Galaxy Fastpitch squad has claimed six championships, placed second twice and placed third three times.

The Galaxy Fastpitch 10U team celebrates after winning the NSA's Virginia Cup in Richmond, one of the 10U team's six titles so far during the 2013-14 season. Front row, from left: Madison Johnson, Peyton Penland, Andrea Savage (Suffolk), Madison Inscoe, Katelyn Holland, Aryn Kinsey (Suffolk) and Karley Wetmore (Suffolk); middle row, from left: Jillian McAdoo (Suffolk), Julie Jones, Sydney Adcock (Suffolk), Reese Byrd and Emily Inscoe; back row, from left: coach Jimmy Byrd, manager Darryl Inscoe and coach Allen Wetmore. (Photo submitted by Darryl Inscoe)

The Galaxy Fastpitch 10U team celebrates after winning the NSA’s Virginia Cup in Richmond, one of the 10U team’s six titles so far during the 2013-14 season. Front row, from left: Madison Johnson, Peyton Penland, Andrea Savage (Suffolk), Madison Inscoe, Katelyn Holland, Aryn Kinsey (Suffolk) and Karley Wetmore (Suffolk); middle row, from left: Jillian McAdoo (Suffolk), Julie Jones, Sydney Adcock (Suffolk), Reese Byrd and Emily Inscoe; back row, from left: coach Jimmy Byrd, manager Darryl Inscoe and coach Allen Wetmore. (Photo submitted by Darryl Inscoe)

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Manager Darryl Inscoe shared why he thinks his players have been so successful, aside from good coaching, of course.

“I think that they work hard, they have strong work ethics,” he said. Having familiar teammates has helped, as well, as he added that the majority of the girls have “played together at least four or five years.”

The team has strong local representation as Sydney Adcock, Aryn Kinsey, Jillian McAdoo, Andrea Savage and Karley Wetmore are from Suffolk, while Reese Byrd, Emily Inscoe and Madison Inscoe live outside the city but attend Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.

The 10U squad’s first tournament win came in September 2013 at the Softball Nation Fall Opener in Richmond. Next, it won the Softball Nation Tidewater Opener in Virginia Beach in March.

The team’s next four tourney wins came in the spring and summer at National Softball Association events: the Virginia Cup in Richmond, the Peninsula Season Opener — Play for a Cure in Newport News, the Fort Magruder Colonial Invitational in Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle Summer Classic, also in Williamsburg.

Later this month, Galaxy Fastpitch 10U will play in the NSA Class A World Series in Spartanburg, S.C.

The 12U team for Galaxy Fastpitch has used its speed to produce a 25-16-3 spring record. Most notably, the team went 5-1 to win the NSA’s 12U Class B State Championship held in June in Sterling.

Near the end of April, the squad also went 5-1 in Richmond to win the NSA’s Virginia Cup.

Manager Mark Cagle pointed to the bond between his players as a reason for the 12U team’s success.

“They like playing with each other,” he said. “We’ve had a core group for two years now.”

Only three players on the team were on the older end of the 12U level, though. This meant people like Suffolk’s Cameron Pagan, one of the three senior players, were particularly important.

“She brings some experience,” Cagle said of Pagan, a pitcher. “She’s usually able to throw strikes.”

He said she has basically been the No. 2 pitcher on the team and has thrown throughout the spring season, especially.

Cagle said, “We try to emphasize keeping the team small and everybody getting enough playing time and getting better.”

He said speed on offense has probably been his team’s greatest strength, but it has also had a pretty solid defense most of the time.

Contributing to that defense has been catcher and third baseman Lexy Massey of Suffolk.