Our 12U and 14U Bulldogs took the field in a twilight double header at the first annual BTS Travel Showcase at Memorial Park last night. It was a great evening with all the pageantry of the major leagues including both teams lined up on the baselines for the national anthem, walk up songs for the batters and even an announcer. The only thing missing was a military flyover. We couldn't afford the Blue Angels.
The showcase is meant to raise awareness of the Batavia Travel Softball program and inspire younger rec. league players to love the game and become future Bulldog travel players.
The event had a great turnout and helped to spark interest in the upcoming tryouts for the travel teams scheduled for the end of July and beginning of August.
Despite the 12U first game loss to the Joliet Dirt Devils, the girls played well. The Dirt Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered with 4 of their own in the bottom half of the frame. From there, the Dirt Devils took over to finish out the game. Haydin "Icepack" Hampton, Elly "Squirrel" Reynolds and Renee "Renado" Randles led the Bulldogs offense with Hampton and Randles each notching 2 RBI's and Reynolds collecting 1. The trio also lead on defense combining with Katie "Duck" Schroeder for 10 of the Bulldogs 14 put outs.
The 14U also played lights out. They literally played until the lights went out at the park ending the game in a 9-9 tie.
The first showcase was a success and the BTS program now has almost 40 registrations for tryouts across the 12, 14 and 16U levels.