The winning ways for the Pasco Stars Softball Team — a Special Olympics team made up of 14 players mostly from Zephyrhills and Dade City — just won’t stop.
The team, once again, brought home the gold medal, this time thanks to winning all six of its games at nationals, including 13-11 in the final over Wisconsin Dairy. The team outscored their opponents 71-22 in those six games.
The championship brought them more recognition, with the City of Zephyrhills and Mayor Melonie Bahr Monson honoring them with a proclamation at the Oct. 23 City Council for the team’s championship and creating a positive image in the community.
Team members include John Algood, Justen Buchanan, Kenny Carriveau, George Morris, Phillip Olson, Roger Olson, Curt Walters, Bubbie Morris, Chris Allen, Richard Proctor, Ernie Shultz, Andres Torres and Scott Walter.
The team also put up some incredible stats, such as seven players finished batting .700 or better. Phillip Olson hit .789 with five doubles, two triples and a homer; George Morris hit three doubles and a homer (.764); and Chris Allen batted .705 with a homer; and Ernie Shultz hit two doubles and a grand slam.