Highland softball pitcher Adrianna Everett, 13, came out of this year’s tournament and World Series season with a lot to celebrate after helping lead the Redlands Baseball for Youth All Stars to several tournaments and a World Series Championship.
The All Star team won the Regional World Series 12U on July 29 defeating a familiar foe, La Quinta, at Diamond Valley Sports Complex in Hemet.
Everett, who began with T-ball at 5 years old, says this season was full of interesting challenges including playing La Quinta so frequently. Her team met La Quinta in three championship games. La Quinta defeated Redlands in two tournament championships but Redlands won the World Series championship 5-4.
Everett says she enjoys the competitive vibe of the sports and processing the game-time situations that’s heightened during tournament play.
“We could hear them talking how they knew they were going to beat us but we just said to each other, ‘We need to just relax, not go into the game with a big ego and keep it cool,’” she said of the final game against La Quinta.
In the final inning Everett says once she threw the game-winning strike she felt an immediate lift of pressure from runs given up earlier in the game.
As World Series champions, her team was given three championship banners one of which her coaches presented to Everett, thanking her for her contributions to the team as a pitcher and team leader.
Everett completed the season with a .586 batting average, two home runs, 27 RBIs, 68 batters struck out, and a 1.8 ERA. Her team also held a 10-4 record in games she pitched.