Saturday, April 26, 2008

Softball @ its Best!

I caught the second half of an excellent high school softball game last night at a nearby suburban Portland high school. Both teams featured future collegiate players, and former Little Leaguers who had played in the LLSoftball World Series several years ago.

It was a great game, featuring strong pitching and good defense. Jesuit HS defeated Westview HS, 1-0 on WVHS's home field. It was actually a clear day, and not too breezy...finally, some softball weather! I was hoping to see more younger players hanging out in the stands, but they were probably finally getting in a full practice or game themselves...

In spite of the Oregon weather, we are lucky to have opportunities to watch high-level softball in these parts. For example, the USA Softball Team is making a Portland stop on their Bound for Beijing tour on July 8. Reserve tickets are now sold-out for the game, but general admission are still available. Why not make it a team outing? How often do you get the chance to watch Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, Monica Abbott, Jessica Mendoza...(the list goes on) in person?

But before summer ball, we still have a good deal of the high school season to follow, as well as all of your own Little League schedules... Good luck, play hard, have fun!

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