Robinson, Garner set for Fastpitch Softball World Series
Morgan Garner and Carly Robinson will play in the Fastpitch American Softball Association World Series next week in Branson as part of the team Arkansas Adrenaline.
Garner is the 10-year-old daughter of Amy and Tracy Garner, and Robinson is the 11-year-old daughter of Dawn and Timmy Martin and Ward Robinson, all of Rector.
Garner and Robinson have played softball together since they were five years old in coach pitch, which their mothers said is a family tradition. Dawn and Amy also played softball together beginning at the age of six, so when the pair recognized the talent their two girls possessed, they decided to put a team together and every year it has grown.
What began as a league team turned into a tournament team, which this year posted a 29-14 record in tournaments, from taking first in the "Strike Out Cancer for Gary" tournament to placing second in the Mountain Dew Classic, the latter being the team's ticket to the World Series.
To Garner and Robinson the game is more than just winning -- it's about having fun, spending time with friends and learning. Both girls adamantly said, "We would play all day everyday if we could." Morgan plays first base and pitches. Robinson plays third base and catches. Both girls said they prefer their respective roles, but will play anywhere needed as each game is a team effort.
Garner said the team has worked really hard to get where they are, but they owe credit to their coaching team of dads, Timmy Martin as head coach, and Ronnie Henry, Gary Brow and Jay Lewis.
Volunteerism is another important facet of the team as they all pitch in to make holidays better for foster children by donating toys, as well as for troops by sending out care packages, and spend time with elderly at Chateau on the Ridge.
The Arkansas Adrenaline team is made up of 11 extraordinary softball players from Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri, including Ali Lewis of Paragould, Alyssa Brown of Holcomb, Audrey Mosley of Blytheville, Shayla Russom of Paragould, Shelby Hensley of Marmaduke, Olivia Miles of Jonesboro, Taylor Brown of Senath, Wyllow Lambdin of Marmaduke and Chancey Henry of Marmaduke. In order to join the team, tryouts take place in the fall.