Grand Slam: Mel Ponder pitches honoring champion Noles softball team

Debate usually presides as the sport of choice in the Florida Capitol. But will the Legislature come together to root, root and root for a winning home team?

State Rep. Mel Ponder on Friday introduced a House resolution cheering the Florida State Seminoles for winning the 2018 NCAA Softball Championship.

The bill (HB 8025) slides into consideration a good bit into session. Yet it seems somehow unlikely even die-hard Gators will vote the legislation down.

Ponder’s bill notes the Seminoles’ history-making victory over the Washington Huskies in June. It celebrates the roster as FSU’s first national championship softball, its standout players by name, and notes a few other broken records.

While the resolution hasn’t been scored financially, the Seminoles slid their way to victory before. Just check Dani Morgan’s stats. The sophomore stole seven bases during the NCAA tournament this year, a Women’s College World Series record.

If Ponder faces any trouble advancing the legislation, he may call Elizabeth Mason to pinch hit. The sophomore advanced eight runners in the tourney, setting her own World Series record.

Then there’s Meghan King, the pitcher who posted a record 0.20 earned run average. That’s a set of three individual

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