What a GREAT day for Softball!!!
We had a wonderful time at our banquet celebrating 67 top athletes from around our fantastic state. These ladies put on their best clothes and were honored at a banquet where they were able to have time to sit with family and friends over lunch and then hear from Kristin Bangert-Dalla (former Mizzou Tiger & even a Pony Express player – her father actually founded this team/organization and). Her message was strong about the ongoing influences of softball throughout her life and how she is now giving back as a 10U coach. We greatly appreciated her time and energy at our banquet as well as in the world of softball!
Once we got the formalities out of the way, we all changed into our “real” clothes. It was great to hear the clicking of the metal cleats and seeing the ladies wear their high school uniform one last time with pride. Our games were fun, relaxing and competitive. There were diving stops, homeruns and amazing throw-outs. These ladies truly are amazing to watch!
The results of the games were also very exciting based on score.
3A: Red (10 – White (7)
The score stayed tied most of the game. The pitching was amazing and the players made some incredible plays. There were lots of cheers coming from this field. Unfortunately, we had to stop at the end of 7 innings (even though they wanted to go an even 8) due to sunlight.
4A: Red (12) – White (10)
This game started out heavy runs on one side then a battle back to tie it up and then eventually take the lead. What an exciting last few innings – way to fight back!!!
5A: Red (12) – White (13)
This got intense! There was a fun banter during the banquet and even more fun on the field. One at bat had at least 10 pitches – boy was this battle fun to watch! Most important is that these ladies got after it and had fun in the meantime.
It is always great to see the girls have the time to play the game, simply for the pleasure of it. Sure they all wanted to win, but Sunday November 3, 2013 the CCGS All State Softball Games were not about who won. They are about honoring the athletes, their hard work & dedication and giving them the opportunity to go one more time and play for their school!
I hope they enjoyed playing in the games and being honored as the top softball players in the state as much as I (along with their families & friends) enjoyed watching them in their day to shine! I wish them all the best.