Day two of the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship started out with lots of rain delays, but the athletes didn’t let that faze them.
Team Kansas who won their first pool game 6-5 today in walk off fashion is an example of a team who brought it all despite the weather conditions.
“I looked around and thought all the teams handled it very well,” Head Coach Dana Goss said. “They were all having fun with each other and that is so much of what this sport is all about.
One team in particular that had a lot of fun was 14U Texas Glory (Naudin).
“Nothing get’s to these girls, they always up and excited regardless of rain delays, regardless of being down,” Coach Todd Love said. “They are loud.”
Loud might be an understatement for this group of girls. They carry their energy with them on the field and today that worked out very well for them as they won their opening pool game 9-6.
Not letting the rain scare them away, college recruits were out in full force this morning.
Savannah Desrochers, 10, pitcher for the Texas Glory (Naudin) has already committed to Kansas University and had her future coaches in the stands today. But she didn’t let that affect her game; she went out and played big for her team.
“Don’t worry about what’s outside the fence, you go out play and good things will happen,” said Love. “And 99 percent of the time that’s exactly what happens; they forget about what’s going on out there and they just play softball.”
As nerve-wracking as it might be to have potential college coaches watching, these athletes are excited to have the opportunity.
“When you get opportunities to play in front of coaches, you just consider yourself fortunate and hope that you do something good that catches their attention,” Goss said. “If you don’t, you learn from that and try to work hard so that the next time you are in that position you are more prepared.”
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