No matter how many hours a college coach spends on the phone or online trying to identify future players, there’s no real substitute for buckling the seat belt and hitting the road to research in real time. Fastpitch softball programs around the country are looking for those ideal situations that make the tough job of
Brentt Eads, general manager of FloSoftball, didn’t necessarily fall in love with the fastpitch game on first glance. A few too many hot and merciless days in Southern California watching the games of one of his six children made it a tough fit at first, but eventually Eads took advantage of his background in
These are the Top 5 results from the Testing and Measurement sessions from two Triple Crown Sports fastpitch events from 2015 — the Sparkler/Fireworks and Zoom Into June. Sparkler-Fireworks Zoom Into June LH Grip Pounds LH Grip Pounds Alyssa Vilke 91 Madison Avery 96.6 Nevaeh Rodriguez 90 Haley Smith 90.8 Natalie Hasselmeier
When you’re all dressed up in cleats with nowhere to go, you have to cook up your own solutions. Ken Bailey faced this dilemma in the early 1990’s as coach of the SC Bandits, a team he put together at the behest of his 12-year-old daughter. At the time, his was the first girls fastpitch
In one of the hotbeds of fastpitch, fans of the game along with athletes considering a small-college future can learn more about 10 softball programs at a unique Triple Crown Sports event in February. The TCS & Biola University College Classic will take place Feb. 19-21 at the Big League Dreams complex in West Covina,
Name: Marcel Mayorga Team Name: SoCal-Xtreme 18U Sport: Girls Fastpitch Age: 49 Favorite Food: Pastrami Favorite Athlete: Raul Mondesi Favorite Movie: Sandlot Question 1: Tell us what you like the most about your sport and your team – what keeps you coming back even after demanding workouts or tough losses? I must say the determination
With the calendar turning to 2016, fastpitch softball in Southern California comes to life in a big way with the Schutt Cup Tourney, sponsored by SoCal’s Finest and Triple Crown Sports. Set for Jan. 16-17 in Hemet, CA., the 16 Open and 18 Open tournament is expect to feature about 80 teams overall. Squads will
If you are looking for a fastpitch oasis in the mean, cold days of wintertime, it doesn’t get any more enticing and appealing than the Rising Stars Winter Showcase in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Slated for Jan. 8-10, 2016, this event brings college coaches right to players in a couple of important ways. Teams will play
by David King, Triple Crown Sports CEO Let’s not sugarcoat it – the educational value and memory creation from international travel is out there, but only if your group has a history of discipline and structure with its scheduling. If getting to national-scale tournaments has been a burden, if fundraising and reeling in deposits from
The 2016 Sparkler/Fireworks/Sparkler Juniors fastpitch tournaments, operated by Triple Crown Sports, managed to pull off the unique feat of being a spectacular success while looking downright routine and precise throughout the process. Located in and around the Denver metro area, the Sparkler and Fireworks tournaments function as a setting for the nation’s most talented and
The deeper one goes into an athletic career, the more he or she hears the merits of keeping the game fresh, and of retaining the sense of joy for sports we all had as young children. For the Mizuno Hawks fastpitch program out of Chicago, growing more skilled and savvy under pressure is something players
Name: Shelby Taylor Team Name: Phoenix Hammer Sport: Softball Age: 15 Favorite Food: Steamed Broccoli Favorite Athlete: Jenny Finch Favorite Movie: When the Game Stands Tall Question 1: Tell us what you like the most about your sport and your team – what keeps you coming back even after demanding workouts or tough losses? Playing
Name: Tatiyana “Tat” Ford Team Name: MAYHEM Sport: Fastpitch Softball Age: 14 Favorite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad Favorite Athlete: Jennie Finch Favorite Movie: League of Their Own Question 1: Tell us what you like the most about your sport and your team – what keeps you coming back even after demanding workouts or tough losses?
Name: Jennifer Tripp Team Name: Anchor Bay Angels Sport: Softball Age: 17 Favorite Food: Tacos Favorite Athlete: Ian Kinsler Favorite Movie: 42, Angels In The Outfield Question 1: Tell us what you like the most about your sport and your team – what keeps you coming back even after demanding workouts or tough losses? Not
When the clouds finally lightened up Saturday at the Ronald McDonald fastpitch tournament in Houston, two field complexes were able to put teams in action in their box brackets. While the teams at the Collins Complex played deep into the evening, there were four brackets that wrapped up earlier at The Scrap Yard in Conroe.