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June 16, 2007

Softball Scene: Girls youth softball is flourishing across

As a part of the Indiana Amateur Softball Association Junior Olympic program, girls youth softball is flourishing on the local softball scene.

Local programs such as Miss Softball America, the Wabash Valley program and Covered Bridge Girls Softball (Montezuma) registered more than 50 teams in 2006 and expect to exceed those numbers in 2007. Other local programs registering with the ASA in 2006 were Riley with 16 teams and West Terre Haute with five; they also expect to see a growth in registrations this summer.

Statewide, the number of registered girls fastpitch teams is also on the rise. As noted by Indiana ASA Junior Olympic commissioner Cindy Inman, the growing interest in travel teams is especially noteworthy. As proof, Inman expects to see more than 125 teams register for competition in this weekend’s Hoosier State Games.

Competition in that event is slated for Brownsburg, Plainfield, Mooresville, Center Grove, Bloomington and Indianapolis’s Chuck Klein Field. Fastpitch play is open to girls 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18-and-under teams. A slowpitch competition is also scheduled.

Approximately 12 local teams are expected to participate in Hoosier State Games competition. The local softball scene will also see youth team competition. The MSA softball facility will be hosting the 8-and-under state tourney, while the Wabash Valley facility is hosting a girls 10, 12 and 14-and-under Class C tourney (league teams only).

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend each of the tournaments mentioned above. It’s an opportunity to see the future stars develop.

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Results from the Strawberry Fest Invitational at Crawfordsville are in and two local teams fared well. Maurizio’s Pizza finished with a 2-2 tourney mark, while DeHart’s Rental earned a fourth-place finish with a 4-2 mark. In doing so, DeHart’s Rental knocked the Maurizio’s Pizza squad into the losers’ bracket with a 10-9 come-from-behind win.

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