When the Catonsville recreation softball season ended, the players on the Catonsville Chaos 12-and-under squad came together to form a focused unit of all-stars.
That dedication paid off when they Chaos won their final tournament of the summer.
The 12U all-stars captured first place at the Howard County Summer Sizzler at North Laurel Park on July 25-26.
The tournament was a United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) recreation all-star tournament.
"We finally got it together in the end," said coach Tim Marsiglia, whose squad went 5-0 over two days. "The previous week, the heat beat us, but we were finally able to get it together mentally and physically."
Marsiglia admired the way the players came together after playing for two teams simultaneously during the summer.
"We were rec all-stars, but we used the Catonsville Chaos name," Marsiglia said. "They had to play rec ball too and that split us apart which made it harder for us to coach them. It made it a little tough, but once rec was over we buckled down and were able to get stronger as a team."
It was Marsiglia's first coaching experience and he praised co-head coach Angie Barklow.
"I learned a lot from her during the season," he said. "She is one of the reasons we made it to where we did."