The Moss Point Ballers earned their way to Orlando after winning three USSSA titles in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana under head coach Edward Poindexter and assistant coach Phillip Lee.
Coach Poindexter is use to winning titles. He was a member of the 1983 Moss Point Tigers State High School Football State Champion team and helped the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs claim the 1984 National Junior College Football Championship.
He says defense has been the Ballers key to success.
"We probably got the best defense, I think in the country, "said Poindexter. "That's my opinion and also our hitting. That's one thing we pride ourselves in is hitting the ball."
Coach Poindexter gets the most out of his girls.
Tamesy Kirkland said, "He encourages us to do better like he pushes us harder."
Winning a World Series title will take an all-around team effort, but pitching is always a vital factor.
Madison Croncich, who pitched for D'Iberville High School in 2014, will get the call on the mound.
Poindexter said, "She doesn't have a whole lot of speed on the ball, but she's got location. That's what counts in fast pitch softball. Not just throwing over the plate, but hitting your spot."
Madisons fastball has been clocked in the mid-50's.
"I have a lot of pitches that I'm good at so whatever works I will throw, "said Croncich.
Besides her fastball Croncich says she can throw a change up, curve ball, screw ball and a drop.
Catcher Maya Harvey of Moss Point says practice under hot conditions has helped get the Ballers ready for Orlando and the fact that they placed 4th in the World Series in 2014 gives them much needed experience.
"We've been together for a very long time so we just know what to do, "said a confident Harvey.
The U-16 USSSA Fast Pitch Softball World Series is a double-elimination tournament with the finals set for July 17.
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