Jena Rhoads, a sixth grader at Wilmington’s Rodger O. Borror Middle School, has qualified for the ASA/USA 10U Class A national softball tournament as a member of the Lasers Gold 10U team.
The Lasers, 46-9 this season, are ranked No. 1 in Ohio in the 10U coach’s poll at www.thesoftballzone.com. The Lasers have won four tournaments and finished as runnersup in three tournaments.
The national tournament is underway and runs through Saturday in Normal, Ill. and will include teams from Ohio, California, Georgia and Texas among others.
The daughter of Bryan and Ashley Rhoads of Wilmington, Jena began playing fastpitch on a traveling team when she was 8 years old. Jena, whose dream is to play softball at the University of Kentucky, is now 11 years old. The lefty plays first base and centerfield for the Lasers.
The Lasers 1oU team is coached by Mike Slob of Marion. They are based out of Columbus but has players from Cincinnati, Akron and the Columbus area as well.
Jeff Cavanaugh started the Lasers program in 1993 and, according to Ashley Rhoads, more than 400 Lasers players have gone on to play college softball.