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Two girls softball teams will represent Muleshoe at the regional tournament in Houma, Louisiana, from June 30-July 3.

The 10 and Under team beat runner-up Seminole twice at the end of their regular bracket championship, according to Coach Joe Garcia. Final score of the last game played against Seminole was 15-0.

“They haven’t lost a game yet,” Garcia said.

The 14 and Under team came in third in their division in the tournament. During the regular season, they lost only one game and went undefeated at round robin tournaments in Levelland and Shallowater.

“The Babe Ruth state commissioner granted them a spot at the Louisiana tournament,” Garcia said.

Garcia is assisted in coaching the 10 and Under team by George Torres, Alfredo Sanchez and Anthony Gunner. The 14 and Under team is coached by Juan Sanchez, Raquel Chapparo and Daniel Marez.

The 10 and Under team is made up of 12 girls who started out playing co-ed T-ball with the 6 and Under group. They then advanced to 8 and Under, where a pitching machine or the coach delivered the ball to them. After 10 and Under, they can advance to 12 and Under, 14 and Under, and 16 and Under. Play is limited by time depending on the players’ age.

“Eighteen and Under is usually the last age group,” Garcia said.

Area towns including Portales, Sudan, Friona, Earth and Olton have separate teams that play against one another.

Of the current 10 and Under team, Garcia said, “They have a love for the game. Sometimes they make mistakes, but they don’t get discouraged. They’re always ready for the next game to come around.”

Nationally, softball is one of the most popular sports, and the games are increasingly televised.

“You’d be surprised how many softball players are out there, and a lot are starting to bring it in to their high school,” Garcia said. “We help them get ready so that when they get to high school, they have a knowledge of the game. We’ve had a lot of support from the Muleshoe High School girls softball coach.”

The teams are funded with the help of community sponsorships and players’ entry fees. Garcia says all of the 14 and Under parents have signed on for the Louisiana trip.


Muleshoe Journal Correspondent


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