Former Newton slugger Markea Sheppard plays big role in win

ATLANTA -- Browns Mill Parks' Patillo RBI Atlanta Lady Braves Softball Team went undefeated in Vero Beach, Fla., when they beat the defending champion Tampa Bay Lady Rays by a score of 4-2 to win the 2012 Northeast RBI Major League Baseball/Softball Championship last weekend.

Outstanding pitching by rising Luella High junior LaBrisha Washington solidified the hopes of the Lady Braves as she beat Tampa Bay in both games for the first time in two years. Nicole Lyday (Apalachee) provided the tying run while Alice Boone (Claflin University) provided the go ahead two-RBI single to break the 2-2 tie giving the Lady Braves the win. Decatur's Chelsea Hall turned a key double play while SIAC Freshman of the Year Markea Sheppard (Newton) provided key defensive stops to ensure the victory. First year back-up first baseman Kayla Cato showed incredible flexibility and solid defensive and offensive skills in her first RBI tournament and proved that she has a great future in fast pitch softball.

"The girls played one of the best softball games (offensively and defensively) I have seen in a long time against one of the best teams I have seen in some time. Even when we tied (and) went ahead, Tampa kept fighting. This win was a total team effort and they deserve this championship," Browns Mill Park head coach Richard Lee said.

The 2012 RBI World Series is being held in Minnesota, Aug. 7 through 12.

"We want the Southeast and (Atlanta) specifically, to look like champions at all times during this event and hope that the community will assist us financially and help us bring the World Series RBI championship back to Atlanta," Lee said.

For information on making a donation, call Lee at 770-262-3382.