A local softball team has reached the top spot this year in an organization that includes 1,500 other squads.
The Terror Fastpitch 12-under team, based in Urbana, is currently the second-ranked B level team in USSSA. It had been ranked No. 1 until just the last few days.
A team below them won some games over the weekend to overtake the top spot, John Payne, an assistant coach with the Terror, said.
The team has been together for three years, starting the first year in the 10-under division. The Terror has played 12-under for the past two years.
Members of the team are Danielle Baker, Chayney Barnhart, Kelli Durbin, Charlene Payne, Darbe Reesman, Avery Sickeri, Hailey Smith, Claire Thomas, Kara Watkins, Carleigh Warsing and Ashlyn White. The coaching staff consists of Duane Durbin (head coach), John Payne, Chris Barnhart, Jeff Thomas and Monty Warsing.
The Terror is undefeated through 13 B level games, 4-0 against 11-under teams. It’s 22-11 overall.
Rankings typically change as the season progresses. It’s not unusual for a top-ranked team to move down and back up throughout the season, Payne said.
“We are a registered B Level team, but we can also play up against teams in the A Level in open tournaments,” he said.
The Terror plays 11 games in the spring season. It opened its schedule by winning the Maryland Express’ Spring Thaw Tournament. Two weeks ago, it won the Louisville Slugger Tournament.
The schedule keeps the Terror players busy throughout of the summer. Six more tournaments lie ahead for the team between now and July 23-24.
Also included in this schedule is the state ASA Tournament, USSSA state Class B championships and the USSSA World Series. The Terror will be among a field of 70 registered teams at that event, Payne said.
While the Terror enjoys traveling around the region, playing in these tournaments against out-of-area opponents, it still enjoys the local rivalries.
The Frederick Heartbreakers, another well-known traveling softball program, is an A Level USSSA team. The Terror have played them on their 12-under fall schedule, but have not played them so far on the spring schedule.
The Terror played the 11-under Heartbreakers team on Saturday as part of the Terror’s Summer Jam Tournament.
When all is said and done, the Terror will play about 66 games.
“I think we will play about another 30 games, depending on how we play over the next six tournaments,” Payne said.