Girls softball league opens Saturday

April 07, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

The Washington County Girls Softball League season gets under way Saturday at the Kemps Mill Softball Complex near Williamsport and league president Steve Danfelt says 2006 will be bigger and better than ever.

"We expect a very successful season," Danfelt said. "We now have 23 teams in the league and 350 girls will be in uniform Saturday morning for their opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. We'll have competition in the Elementary, Middle School and High School divisions and all teams will play on Saturday. You can do that when you have three diamonds."

Danfelt says the Elementary Division play starts Saturday and ends with a closing tournament June 5 weekend. The Middle School Division starts Saturday and ends with a June 12 weekend tournament and the High School Division concludes at the end of July.

"We also offer fall ball," Danfelt said. "It starts the first of September and usually extends into October. Last year, we had great weather and played until Halloween."


Danfelt said the teams are structured by schools, for the most part.

"We try to field school teams but, for example, if one team has five extra girls, we place them on another team," Danfelt said. "Every girl who tries out will be placed on a team."

Danfelt says the league has three certified fast-pitch diamonds. The age groups are grades 3 through 5 (elementary), grades 7-8 (middle school) and grades 9-12 (high school).

"Eighth-graders are allowed to play on high school teams once their middle school seasons are completed," Danfelt said.

Games are played every weeknight and all day on Saturday.

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