While Zaneis might be a small school set between the towns of Ringling and Wilson, this summer one of its own will be representing the community in a big way on the national stage.

While Zaneis might be a small school set between the towns of Ringling and Wilson, this summer one of its own will be representing the community in a big way on the national stage.

Zaneis elementary school’s Ava Forsythe, 10, earned a bid to compete in the USSSA Fastpitch Softball tournament last week.

She will represent the Midwest 10 and under team, comprised of the best softball players from Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. 

Forsythe is currently ranked as the No. 12 softball player in her age bracket and rises to No. 3 in the outfield out of 745 players ranked. The fifth-grader competed on four separate teams this year and played several positions, but her preferred position is shortstop.

Forsythe has found success in the classroom and archery as well, representing Zaneis in the Archery Nationals this past spring while earning straight A’s this year. 

The tournament is set to start from July 30 through Aug. 4 at the Space Complex Center in Melbourne, Florida.