CROWNE POINT — One of the greatest feelings in sports is seeing all of the hard work that goes in to a season paying off with success.

Softball teams spend countless hours practicing. Whether it’s fielding grounders or spending time in the batting cages, to see results on the softball field requies a lot of hard work.

Players on the Indiana Sluggers ’05 12 and Under softball team based out of Warsaw saw all of their efforts pay off at the conclusion of their season.

The Sluggers advanced to the NSA World Series in Crowne Pointe. In a back-and-forth battle, the Sluggers fell to a team from Illinois 10-8 to finish as the tournament runner-up.

“It was an awesome ride,” said assistant head coach Brady Pratt. “It really was fantastic. It was a great experience and a huge accomplishment.”

Three girls from Columbia City played vital roles for the Sluggers this season. Raegan Pratt played third base for the Sluggers and Jadyn Forrester was the team’s starting catcher. Faith Frey was the starting center fielder.

The team had a great regular season to go along with its tournament run. The team had a record of 50-7 in the B Division. The team even played in some A Division tournaments throughout the year and finished as high as third. The Sluggers qualified for the World Series by beating teams from across Indiana at the state tournament in Warsaw.

There were 40 other teams at the World Series tournament. The Sluggers’ team also won the skills challenge that took place over the four-day tournament.

Last year, the team finished eighth in the tournament.

Pratt, Frey and Forrester will all remain on the team together for next season. But next year, the team moves up to the 14 and Under division. The girls have about three weeks off, then fall ball starts and the team will be back on the field.