Local girl wins national title


A local girl recently played a key role on a national championship softball team.

Emily Cavender, 10, who will be a sixth-grade student at the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School, participated on the Northeast American age 10-under team that won the championship in its eight-team division at the USSSA Select Futures Tournament that was played Aug. 1-5 on the fields of Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

Cavender pitched in all but one of her team’s games and played every other position except for first base and catcher, as the Northeast American squad recorded a 7-1 record in the tournament and advanced out of pool play to defeat the Atlantic National team, 10-7, in the championship game.

Teams from the Northeast, Atlantic, Southeast, Far West, Midwest, Central, Northwest and Great Lakes regions comprised the field in the tournament.

Cavender was accompanied to Florida by her father, Tony, mother, Julie, and older sister, Haleigh.

“It was an awesome experience for the whole family,” Tony Cavender said. “She pitched in every game but one and was the starting pitcher in one of the games.”

Emily was selected for the team after participating in a tryout in Pittsburgh in early May.

“She was a direct select,” Tony Cavender said. “Two weeks after the tryout, her name was posted on the USSA website for having made the team.”