Franklin Softball All Stars Heading to State Tournament

After sweeping the district tournament, the Franklin 12U Girls All Stars team will be traveling to Pfafftown, near Winston-Salem, to compete in the 2017 Little League 12U North Carolina State Tournament July 14th – 17th. The local team defeated Haywood County in four fastpitch softball games of the Major League North Carolina District 5 Tournament to earn a bid to play in the state tournament.

The members of the 12U Girls All-star team who will be representing Macon County and western North Carolina are: Olivia Birchard, Bre Carver, Mya Crisp, Jozy Dehart, Tessa Dehart, Hailey Jennings, Elizabeth McGaha, Avery Moffitt, McCall Sanders, Delaney Stiles, Makenzie Thomas and Meyaeh Tran. Coaches are: David Stiles (head coach), Nick Birchard, Ricky Dehart and Skip Sanders.

The team is currently raising money to help with travel and overnight costs for the state tournament. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go toward expenses associated with getting the girls to the state tournament.

The girls will be holding a free car wash on Saturday, July 8th at East Main Street Tire, Inc. with all donations going to the team. Huddle House of Franklin will also be holding a fundraiser for the team on Monday, July 10th from 2 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with twenty percent of the proceeds donated to the team. In addition, the team has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise money at

According to Assistant Coach Nick Birchard, the girls play well together and have been successful as a team. They first started playing together four years ago, and during the past four years, they have earned three district titles. The team participates in several tournaments during the off season and the regular season to keep the team together.

“Their goal was to win district to make it to state and then ultimately to win state,” said Birchard. “They are aware that at the state level, the competition is higher, the stakes are higher, but they are very excited and ready to make that goal happen by winning state. They are a great group of girls, great group of parents and coaches and the community has helped out a lot. We just want to get the girls there to compete to represent Macon County.”