Chicks finish season 15-0

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Sports Writer

Every teams’ goal, from Little League on, is to finish the season undefeated. For some, the goal is unattainable and unreasonable, but not for Jean’s Flowers Chicks.

The Chicks ran the table, going undefeated, finishing the season 15-0 and winning the Dixie Ponytail division by six games.

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The Chicks used good pitching, defense and a timely hitting to go through the season with an unblemished record. Coach Doug Kitchens attributes all the success to not just one girl, but the whole team.

"Each game, we would have seven or eight girls, usually different ones each game that would get a hit," Kitchens said. "We had a good balance, a good attitude and a lot of girls that paid attention and wanted to learn."

Kitchens said going 15-0 wasn’t easy and the team was tested, but the girls responded each time.

"We had a few games that we had to come from behind, but the girls showed a lot of grit and never doubted themselves. It was a unique experience for me."

Kitchens said the Chicks had the most domination pitcher in the league, but he was also quick to point out that the rest of the team was just as instumental in the undefeated season.

"I think we knew and the rest of the league knew we had the most dominating pitcher in the league in Eden Harris. She is a talented athlete but she also received great support from the rest of the team."

Harris was just one of the key ingredients, but she had the help of Jessie Bohanan, marina coleman, Rachel Folmar, Courtney Freeman, Kayla Garrett, Brittany Green, Jessica Kitchens, Katie Lee, Whitney Merritt, Shannon Nichols and Ebony Sankey. And with the help of coaches Ken Harris and Gilbert Garrett, the pieces were in place for a magical season.

And winning game after game made the idea of an undefeated season a possibility.

"After the ninth win, the anticipation built more and more, but the focus was on winning the league," Kitchens said. "We continued to practice and more and more the idea came up, ‘Can we win them all?’ And after the 11th game, we clinched the league and the focus turned to going undefeated."

"We had one slogan from the first practice on, ‘if you make the plays you’re supposed to make and some of the plays you’re not supposed to make, we will be fine,’ and that’s what happened," Kitchens continued. "But we couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of girls. The coaches enjoyed the season and so did the girls."

Editor’s Note: The Undefeated Farm League Indians will be featured in the Thursday edition of The Messenger.