MINT HILL, NC – On Monday night the Mint Hill American Legion Post 555 along with the entire Mint Hill Town Council showed their appreciation to the Legion’s very first ladies softball team. The members of the Mint Hill American Legion Post 555 had an end-of-the-season dinner for the team and had a really great turnout for the young ladies.
After the supper, Post Commander Ed Berti told those present that the ladies had a great first season having made the state tournament and advancing to the Elite Eight before being knocked out by the team that won the state championship.
Commander Berti also stated he “really appreciated the coaches, the parents, and the support from the Town and the business community for making this season happen.” The best news came when Commander Berti told the crowd that the Mint Hill American Legion “looked forward to fielding another team next year.”
After his comments, Commander Berti recognized team groundskeeper David Johnson, “Voice of the Fury” Mike Boteilho, Assistant Coach Melissa Williams and Head Coach Amanda Jardina.
Post 555 Athletic Director Ray McCrodden also received recognition for his work this season.
Head Coach Amanda Jardina expressed her thanks to the Post for their work in starting the team. “They did all the work to get this team going,” she said. “I can’t take credit for any of that. I was just asked to coach the team. I appreciate Mayor Brad Simmons and the members of the council for their support. Also, thanks to Mayor Simmons for the last-minute effort on getting us uniforms. I got to thank the Voice of the Fury, Mike Boteilho, for coming out and working our games. Thank you to the parents. The girls wouldn’t be where they are today without you. I thank you for all the positive support you have shown us this season. A special thanks to Coach Williams for recruiting the majority of the players. To the players, you girls made this summer a fun summer of softball. We had some really great wins and some tough losses. You came together as a team. Not only did you take the wins as a team, you took the losses as a team. Thank you, and I’m looking forward to next season.”
Mayor Simmons made a few short comments where he commended the team and thanked the coaches. Mayor Simmons also told the players that the Town of Mint Hill was very proud of them and told them that they were looking forward to next year.