Arma Bulldogs win tournament

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The Arma Bulldogs, made up of players from Liberal, Missouri and Arma, Kan., and chartered within the Babe Ruth organization, won the Babe Ruth Softball 10 and under division of the Kansas State Tournament last weekend, held in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. The Bulldogs defeated Hillsboro 3-1, Little Sunflower 8-5 and the host 13-2. They advanced to the championship game, once again playing Hillsboro. They won the contest 12-4, earning the title of state champs. This is the first Arma Bulldogs softball or baseball team to earn a state title in the Babe Ruth tournament. Following each game a SHE (Sportsmanship, Hustle and Enthusiasm) Award was presented to an individual from each team. Award winners from Arma included Ciara Neville, Braylen Frieden and Erin Doubledee. The Bulldogs will join other state winners in the Midwest Plains Region (Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) in the Regional tournament this weekend in Girard, Kan. The first and second place teams will advance to the 10 and under World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla., July 25 through August 3. The team is comprised of, third row, from left, assistant coach Brett Doubledee, head coaches Brock Friend and Tomi Doubledee; second row, from left, Arianna Maples, Ciara Neville, Katelyn Wallace, Zana Burris, Erin Doubledee; front row, from left, Eisley Beaman, Jaycee Maples, Josie Burris, Braylen Frieden and Hunter Jones. Not pictured is assistant coach Elizabeth Frieden.