The MAYSA Blue Angels 12U Softball Team wrapped up a tremendously successful 2018 summer travel season! Following tryouts in April, the team saw many new and returning faces from around Central Maine, gaining strides in our pitching force, as well as increased depth with many utility players. Each athlete bringing with them a ton of talent, spirit and teamwork!
The Blue Angels opened the travel softball season in June, hosting the MAYSA Triple Play Softball Tournament. After going 0-1 on Friday evening, the team won both games on Saturday to move us on to Sunday play!!! The first Sunday play we had participated in since forming the team the previous year! Ending the tournament on Sunday morning, we went 2-2, and I couldn’t have been more proud of their efforts and sportsmanship.
The following weekend, the Blue Angels participated in our first ever out-of-state tournament, in North Conway, New Hampshire. Once again, we moved on to Sunday play, falling short in our final game by 4 runs. Of course, it’s not all about the softball play, but the time the athletes spend together off the field is just a vitally important! Smoldering hot temperatures, nights sitting by the fire, hanging out swimming in the river and corn hole with S’mores were just a few of the memories we took with us after that weekend!
The following weekend, we participated in the 2018 Maine State Softball Tournament, ending the weekend in 3rd place overall, playing some very tough softball teams from around the state! One of the best played softball tournaments I had seen this season, I couldn’t have been more proud of how the athletes played, battling the entire weekend and leaving it all out on the field!
The following two weekends were devoted to local Cleveland Brown “Brownie” tournaments, where once again we finished each weekend with Sunday games!!
With a closeout record of 9-11, our team came together and played some remarkable softball! Bouncing back from a 3-win season the previous year, what a way to end their 12U softball year! I may have forgotten to mention, these athletes will be moving on to 14U travel softball next year! They truly have what it takes to stay competitive and I cannot wait to see what the next travel season has in store for them!
I also wanted to take a moment and thank all the parents who supported their athlete this year. Countless practices, travel and very early and late tournament games; they couldn’t have done it without you! Also, a big THANK YOU to our Coaching staff, putting in countless hours of pre, during and post season homework to ensure our athletes received the best softball training for a successful season!