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A nearly perfect season for the Suffolk Renegades

Being able to resume sports after being shut down for COVID-19 already seems nearly perfect, but one young softball team took perfect a step further.

The Suffolk Renegades is the 7- and 8-year-old girls’ softball team for the Suffolk Youth Athletic Association. This team had a nearly perfect record this season, winning 10 games and only tying one, securing their place as championship winners.

“I can’t stress enough how lucky I have been to have the help of the other coaches, and how lucky all of us were to get such an awesome group of young ladies to work with,” said Suffolk Renegades head coach and parent David Latham.

The girls have played against three other teams in their district, including Smithfield, Windsor and Deep Creek. The girls were set to play their final game at 1 p.m. Oct. 31, and at 1 and 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, the girls have a doubleheader to make up rained-out games at the SYAA field, 501 Kings Fork Road.

“Our team has put in the work time after time,” said Latham. “They are all eager to learn, and most importantly, to me, they all get to have fun doing something they love.”

After the pandemic, the spring season was rescheduled for the fall. With smaller numbers, the SYAA only had enough girls for one team this year instead of the standard two. Softball is considered a low-contact sport, allowing the girls to still get on the field and safely play. Precautions are still in place, making sure the girls sanitize their hands after touching the ball, no one comes to play sick, and the girls aren’t crowded in the dugout.

“We are taking every precaution we could to have a good time,” said Latham.

According to Latham, during the winter, these girls will continue to train to keep in shape and have a chance to get out of the house to do what they love. With continued training, the girls could find themselves with another perfect season in 2021.

SYAA plans its spring 2021 season as usual. Registration will open on Jan. 1, 2021, at suffolksyaa.com/baseball-softball.