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Emma Castorri (right) won the tournament’s home run derby.  Special Photo

Viera, Fla. — Freshman Emma Castorri was a key starter for Buford High School’s Varsity Softball team this past season playing the position of catcher.  When she isn’t representing the green and gold, she can be found in the red and black of her travel softball team, Georgia Impact Premier 05 Lewis.

The Georgia Impact Premier 05 Lewis team traveled to Viera, Fla. to compete in the inaugural U.S. Games on January 20.  The U.S. Games is a new event that was the result of a partnership between the United States Specialty Sports Association and USA Softball which was held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla.  Castorri’s team won the 14U division title.

Georgia battled through pool play to make it to the finals.  The girls had to compete against OC Batbusters – Mascarenas in the finals.  In the first game, Georgia Impact Premier 05 Lewis won 9-1 but OC Batbusters – Mascarenas shut out Georgia 7-0 forcing a third game.  In that third game, Georgia Impact Premier 05 Lewis was able to prevail with a 4-2 victory earning the team the 14U division title.

Castorri was entered into the home run derby during the event.  She walked away the victor beating out the likes of the former University of Florida Gator and current professional player, Amanda Lorenz. 

— By Alicia Couch Payne

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