Portage DD softball team won gold at state tournament

Photo of a softball team posed in front of the dugout with one row kneeling, and two rows standing. The people are wearing bright yellow Portage DD t-shirts and black Portage DD baseball caps. A person in the front row is holding a plaque and the whole team has gold medals with red ribbons around their necks.
Back Row: Chad Konkle (coach), Kyle Baker, Adam Gilmer, Logan Cox, Joe Persavich, Brandon Boyett, Jim Gaurrich (coach) Middle Row: Colleen Brown (local coordinator), Scott Stemple, Kevin Garlitz, Aaron Dallner, Ashley Wilson, Jason Servey, Jerry Dowling. Front Row: Richard Sparks, Mike Havel, Jackie Menge, Dave Wilson Not Pictured: Donald Flegal

The Portage DD Special Olympics Softball team traveled to Sandusky for the 2021 Softball State Tournament last weekend.

The team won the two-game series in the Division III Black bracket, defeating Sandusky County on Saturday and overtaking Hancock County in an exciting 25-23 matchup on Sunday.

Kevin Garlitz, Adam Gilmer and Richard Sparks hit in-the-park home runs to bring Sunday’s game to a close.

Five Portage DD athletes competed in Individual Skills competitions for fielding, throwing, hitting and base running.

Jonathan Floyd and Shawn Heffernan took home gold, Ryan McCoy and Danielle Wadkins took silver, and Theresa Strauler took fourth place.

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Natalie Wolford is managing editor at The Portager. A native of Randolph, she studied film in New York City and is producing a feature-length documentary about her aunt, a small-town journalist.

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