What was the district runners-up Class 3A girls softball team will be a new traveling softball team that will start playing in a couple of weeks, and to do so they are in the process of raising money.
Saturday, they spent the afternoon in the parking lot at Pizza Hut on State Road 60 in Bartow washing cars.
“They played good against the high schools this year and we hope to get better for next year,” said Phantoms head coach Jamie Rodriguez.
The team consists of Hailey Meacham, Brianna Rawell, Aracette Peralta, Shavonda Howard, Sam Rodriguez, Makaylee Ward, Keely Staats, Allison Peralta, Amber Whittington and Asia Daughtry. Their coaches are Rodriguez as the head coach, Russell Rodriguez as the assistant coach and Kayla Rodriguez as assistant coach.
The travel team has no connection to the school and to play, the team has to come up with the money to register, play in ISA tournaments, for travel, for uniforms and whatever else comes up. Rodriguez said they plan to play mostly in the area.
The Miners season ended Wednesday, April 23 in the quarter-final playoff game against Carrollwood Day when it lost 5-2. It is the second time in the last 10 years the Miners finished this high in the standings. They will be recognized for their season on Sunday, May 4, when the First Baptist Church will recognize them.