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Learning trumps winning for Sewickley Valley softball team

Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - The evening sun casts long shadows on Community Field in Sewickley as Raz Sox players warm-up before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>The evening sun casts long shadows on Community Field in Sewickley as Raz Sox players warm-up before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - 'Mighty' Marie McCullough rounds the bases at Community Field in Sewickley with Raz Sox teammate Lucy 'Agent Zero' Wagner on her back as they warm-up before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>'Mighty' Marie McCullough rounds the bases at Community Field in Sewickley with Raz Sox teammate Lucy 'Agent Zero' Wagner on her back as they warm-up before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Sophie 'Shockwave' Pieri tries to catch a ball as she warms up with a Raz Sox teammate before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Sophie 'Shockwave' Pieri tries to catch a ball as she warms up with a Raz Sox teammate before their last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox player Morgan 'Storm' Martin looks out onto the field as the team's last game of the season against Avonworth begins on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox player Morgan 'Storm' Martin looks out onto the field as the team's last game of the season against Avonworth begins on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox player Shawna 'The Shark' Smith gets help putting on catcher's gear from coach Veronica McCullough during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox player Shawna 'The Shark' Smith gets help putting on catcher's gear from coach Veronica McCullough during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox players watch a teammate run to first base during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox players watch a teammate run to first base during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox Bella 'Game Girl' Soderstrom spins while out in centerfield during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox Bella 'Game Girl' Soderstrom spins while out in centerfield during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - 'Sydney 'Ghost Rider' Hewitt (left) pats Raz Sox teammate Katelyn 'Thunder' Clark on the shoulder as she goes to bat during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>'Sydney 'Ghost Rider' Hewitt (left) pats Raz Sox teammate Katelyn 'Thunder' Clark on the shoulder as she goes to bat during the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox head coach Clint Soderstrom and his players cheer following the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox head coach Clint Soderstrom and his players cheer following the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Raz Sox players (from left) Nora 'The Hammer' Hammond, Morgan 'Storm' Martin, Sydney 'Ghost Rider' Hewitt and Lucy 'Agent Zero' Wagner line up with their trophies (and cupcakes) after the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Raz Sox players (from left) Nora 'The Hammer' Hammond, Morgan 'Storm' Martin, Sydney 'Ghost Rider' Hewitt and Lucy 'Agent Zero' Wagner line up with their trophies (and cupcakes) after the team's last game of the season against Avonworth on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Community Field in Sewickley. The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.

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Quaker Valley Recreation Association's eight and under softball team, Raz Sox, played Avonworth in the team's final game of the season June 5, 2014, at Community Field on Chadwick Street in Sewickley.

The Raz Sox are comprised of 10 first- and second-graders, and their games, which focus on learning the sport, are four innings long with coaches doing the pitching.

Kristina Serafini is a photographer and staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

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