James Hart School’s girls softball team won the regional championship title in the Illinois Elementary School Association on Sept. 12.
The team took the honor by defeating Chicago Heights Middle School. The score was tied in the fifth inning, but the players pulled out a 6-4 win.
That victory gave the team the chance to advance to sectionals.
Hart played hard in the sectional championship against Frankfort’s Hickory Creek Middle School team on Saturday, Sept. 16, but came up short.
The final score was 2-0.
During the 11-game season, Hart lost only three games, one to Hickory Creek, said coach Ginny Donohue.
Players on the 14-member Hart team are sixth, seventh and eighth graders Zoe Barnas, Layla Danta, Adelai Easter, Jada Kimble, Deyani Lawrence, Kailyn Moreland, Payton O’Neil, Taylor Purchas, Chloe Schneider, Caliece Townsend, McKenzie Weber, Maeve Welsh, Taja White and Charlotte Will.
Coaching alongside Donohue is teacher Nicole Elget.