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Fleming-Neon Senior League softball aiming for World Series appearance

JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - The Fleming-Neon Senior League softball team did something no other team from Letcher County had ever done, and now they find themselves one step closer to their goal of playing in the World Series.

It doesn't happen very often.

"Whenever we come together to play we just think about the team that we are now," says catcher Charity Niece.

But it does happen.

"Where we are rivals, we kind of just put that aside and we just play," adds Caitlynn Estevez, who serves as a utility player for the team. "We're just trying to win."

Athletic rivals coming together to accomplish something great.

"I just think it's great that we get the opportunity to combine such good players and all the talents that we all have, and just come together and be just one amazing team," says outfielder McKenzie Gibson.

The Fleming-Neon Senior League softball team is composed of players from both Jenkins and Letcher Central high schools.

"When we put on this jersey, it's not Jenkins, it's not Letcher (Central), it's Fleming-Neon Senior League," says head coach April Charles, who is also head coach of the Jenkins High School softball team.

And together they achieved what few thought was possible.

"Against all odds they came together and ended up winning," says Charles. "And I think it was a big shock to a lot people there watching the tournament, especially the team that we beat."

"It was the best feeling in the world," reflects Gibson. "I can't even describe it. I've never been so happy in me life."

"Even though we are from a little town, people don't think that we can accomplish such a big goal," says Niece.

With their Kentucky Senior League State championship, Fleming-Neon will now advance to South Bend, Indiana for the United States Central Regional tournament.

"It's kind of miracle that we're state champions," says Estevez. "Not a lot of people can say that, so if we actually win Regionals, it would be, I mean, it's kind of unbelievable."

Where they will represent much more than just Letcher County.

"Being able to represent Kentucky is just a really big accomplishment for the whole team," says Niece.

"Our girls will represent Kentucky very well; the way that they hold themselves, the way they act on the field, and their sportsmanship," says Charles.

So when they take the field on Sunday afternoon they won't do so as Cavaliers and Cougars, but as Fleming-Neon; one team with one goal.


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