The ‘Bad News Bears’ of DeKalb County make it to state tournament

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FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) - A girls tournament softball team in DeKalb County turned heads with a sassy, fun picture of the team carrying baseball bats, and wearing tutus. The Jammers are self-proclaimed as modern-day "Bad News Bears."

General manager Amanda Pope says the team is a cross between girly-girls and tomboys.

“These girls have been in pageants, they all play ball, they all like to play in dirt, and they wear tutus and they like to wear tiaras.”

The team is made up of mostly 8-year-olds with a lot of personality, and even more heart. Nine-year-old Brooklyn has been playing for six years, and has noticed the team improving all season.

“Beginning of the season, we didn’t really know each other really good, but then we began to grow and we just came together as a team and started working better,” she said.

In the team of 11 girls, only four had played before this year, and against all odds, the team made it to the state tournament in Boaz.

“It’s just like the 'Bad News Bears' when they first started playing, nobody thought they would win a game, and most of them had never played and they weren’t the kids picked to be on the best team," adds Pope.

The Jammers proved themselves throughout the season, found a love for the game, and made lots of friends along the way. While they didn't win state, they proved that you should never sell short the underdog.

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