National youth softball championship starts Monday

National youth softball championship starts Monday

Starting Monday at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex and Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, College Station is playing host to the American Softball Association’s USA 16-and-Under Class A National Championship. We’ll have 92 teams from 24 states in town battling to wear the crown as the best 16-and-under fast-pitch softball team in the country. Continue reading National youth softball championship starts Monday

ASA softball is about more than wins and losses

4876331318_08628bf5b3_b[1]“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” — Mary Lou Retton

When I first heard that quote, it made me smile. But it wasn’t until years later that I fully appreciated what the Olympic great was talking about.

When I reflect on my eight years of participating in ASA softball, the memories turn black and white and thoughts of wins and losses dim. Games lost somehow become games won.

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What says “softball” better than drenching the mayor pro tem?

At most big-time softball tournaments, the opening ceremony includes little more than a series of boring, rah-rah speeches near home plate. If you’re expecting that at Thursday morning’s opening ceremonies for the ASA Girls Fast Pitch 14U “A” Southern National Championship, think again. The City of College Station Parks and Recreation staff has devised a unique twist.

Players and coaches representing 40 teams from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma will be paraded into the Adamson Lagoon pool deck at 9:30 a.m. for team photos. After some brief remarks from city and tournament officials, Creek View Elementary music teacher Kelly Herriage will sing the national anthem.

Then things will get fun.

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