By: Scott Rossman
By: Scott Rossman

It is a rather big week for a local all star squad, the Panama City Lightning. The team of 16 and under ballplayers is one 175 teams taking part in this week's United States Fast Pitch "A" World Series taking part at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.
So the local squad gets the luxury of playing in a huge event, but not having the trouble of travelling.
The Lightning, coached by Eloy Estrada, one of 22 teams in the 16-A class, with their first game in bracket play coming Wednesday.

Eloy Estrada
Lightning Head Coach

"It's an incredible feeling. The girls here have worked hard all Summer They started back in June so they've been for two months, getting ready. So they've been for two months going at it pretty regular on weekends."

Katie Godfrey
Lightning player

It's been amazing, we're like sisters. And when we get on the field we're talking, we're shouting it up, we're encouraging each other, if we make errors we're like get your head up, it's allright. It's just like a real big family and it's fun to play for 'em."


"It is gonna be difficult because of the caliber of teams that are here. You're talking the best teams around the country so for us to be successful we're gonna have to, like any other game hit the ball well and be solid on defense."

The Lightning 3 and oh through pool play so far, again they begin bracket play with a first round bye they are back in action tomorrow just after noon. There are 3 other local squads, one in 16-B, one in U-12 and one in U-18.

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  • by Lorri Location: Panama City on Jul 26, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    Congratulations to all the local teams for qualifying for the World Series and all the sacrifices along the way! Special congratulations to Lady Lightning 16u for coming in 2nd in the 2010 USFA "A" World Series. List this among all your other accomplishments this summer! This team won either 1st or 2nd in every tournament but one that they attended this summer! Congratulations on all your hard work and for the great sportsmanship you showed every step of the way! You should be proud! It is also great to see coverage on girl sports! All these teams work so hard and deserve any recognition that you give them. This was long overdue! Thanks local news crews!!!
  • by softball fan Location: pc florida on Jul 25, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    Thank you Scott and Mark and wjhg for the coverage of this past weeks USFA softball World Series. I couldn't be there but followed it over the internet. Great job by all local teams, PC Rage, Lady Lightning, the PC Lady Lightning 16U team for your Second Place "A" bracket finish.
  • by MahiMahi Location: Panama City on Jul 22, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    I'd like to congratulate all the teams, local or otherwise! To see local coverage is awesome, and rather than knock them for it, whining, why don't you just let them know your team is there...maybe they just need to know about you. Good luck to you all! Thanks Scott and the sports team for the effort!
  • by Cortney on Jul 21, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    I agree with Amy, you don't think the other local teams practice hard and deserve to be recognize? This is rude!
  • by Amy on Jul 20, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    Why don't you list the other local teams instead of saying one in 18u and such. Lady Lightning is not the only team around. That is just rude!!!!!!
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