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Arkansas softball team wins national championship in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The weather didn't keep the balls from flying at South Commons Sunday.

Softball teams from all over descended on Columbus for the 2012 Fast Pitch Girls 14 and under Southern Nationals Championship.

Chanting filled South Commons over the past week as 28 softball teams from all over the Southeast took to the diamond for a chance to become national champions. 

"It's like our own little southeastern Olympics," Columbus Sports Council Event Manager David Boyd said. "We got several really good teams here right now.  We got the Cole Minnows from Arkansas on the field with the Phillies 98 out of Georgia.  So, you got a Georgia, Arkansas battle going on for the championship. It's really exciting."

It was quite the battle. Both teams made it to the 7th and final ending with no points on the board; However, with a good hit and a miss, The Cole Minnows from Central Arkansas took home the title.

"I feel excited, it's emotional," Cole Minnows pitcher Tyra Williams said.

"Awesome! I've been coaching for over 25 years and it's just as exciting every time you win one. This is just awesome," Cole Minnows head coach Derrick Grimes said.

Grimes says the team worked their way up from the bottom.

"This is probably the most excited I've ever been winning the national championship.   These girls have worked so hard.  If you know them, their work ethics- it's just unreal! A lot of people sold them off as not having the heart and the desire to play but they have all the heart and the desire and they proved it [on Sunday]," Grimes said.

"It's been great! I've met new people and played great! I couldn't do it without these people behind me," Williams said.

Winning the Championship will make the Cole Minnows a shoe-in for next year's championship game.  The girls will head back to Arkansas with full bragging rights and a plaque each.

Coach Grimes says they are going to take a much needed break and then start preparing for next season.

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