Sydney Jones and Olivia Perrine of Read Mountain Middle School play for the Virginia Extreme Force 12U travel softball team that recently won the ASA/USA Virginia State Championship and will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to play in the Nationals.

The team is coached by Darren Hodges, a Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Famer.

Founded in 1998, the Virginia Extreme Force organization has teams of several age groups. This year’s 12U team has a 24-8 record after 32 games and is 40-14 counting games in the fall of 2016. The team has won the ASA Cystic Fibrosis Benefit tournament, the ASA Botetourt Invitational and the ASA/USA VA State championship.