Madison County's Special Olympics softball teams to play state tournament

Aug. 24—Sierra Marling

According to organizers, softball is the second most popular team sport in the Special Olympics Kentucky program with more than 900 athletes competing on 65 teams this year.

This year, both of Madison County's Special Olympics softball teams have qualified for the state tournament.

Coach Kerri Mays said that Madison County's A Team won first place and their B Team winning second place in their regional games in Georgetown two weeks prior and plans to go to the state tournament.

According to Special Olympics Kentucky's website, teams will play at fields located at fields at Michael O. Buchanon Park to compete in the State Tournament and Team Skills Competition Sept. 8-9

Games will get underway on four fields at 6:30 pm (CT) on Friday night. Games will continue starting at 9 am on Saturday with the Tournament concluding by 4:30 pm.

According to Brandi Carter, who also serves as a softball coach for the organization, the teams are excited.

She said, "I definitely feel like playing softball brings up their confidence and joy."

Of her own son, 16-year-old Marcus Carter, she noted, "He was phenomenal. Like, he was so excited about winning. It was really cool to see. They got gold medals — they hand out gold medals for all the players — and he definitely was very joyous."