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Girls showcase their talents in pursuit of a college scholarship

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

HEMET, CA – The cost of a college education is soaring with many of the top schools hovering around the $50,000 mark or more per year. But if a young girl has the talent to catch and throw, pitch and hit a softball, well, she just might land herself an athletic scholarship. And that would no doubt please her parents.

Don and Sue Long smiled when asked: “Did your daughter get a softball scholarship?” Yes she did. Their daughter, McKenzie Long, 16, has verbally committed to Michigan State University.

The cost-savings for the Long’s?

“It’s a $40,000 a year school,” said Sue Long.

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Girls’ showcase fastpitch tournament coming to Beaumont and Hemet

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

BAUMONT, CA – Beaumont-Cherry Valley Recreation and Park District will be hosting the Surf City Halloween Showcase Saturday, October 27 through Sunday, October 28, 2012. The tournament will be held in Hemet, and at the Noble Creek Community Park in Beaumont.

Surf City Tourneys welcome all college recruiters to the showcase tournaments. There will be 150 teams competing in divisions of ages 16-Under and 18-Under in Beaumont and Hemet Diamond Valley Park from all over the country.

From 50 to 60 girls will get college scholarships from these tournaments. The colleges include UCLA, Oregon, Washington, all Pac 10 schools and several from the East Coast area. There will be 60-70 college coaches here to watch the girl’s softball games.

Bruce Blake, Athletic Coordinator for the Park District said:

“We are lucky to have one of the largest college recruiting tournaments here in Beaumont.”

The tournaments are open to the public and it is free to attend.

For further information please call the District Office (951)845-9555.

Diane Gonzalez
Activities Specialist
Beaumont-Cherry Valley
Recreation & Park District
(951)845-9555
diane@bcvparks.com

Hemet teams faring well in ASA girl’s national tournament

Friday, August 6th, 2010

HEMET, CA – Playing in a 104-team softball tournament is less like a sprint and more like running a marathon, said Mike Macias, coach of the Minor’s Gold-Macias girl’s fastpitch softball team.

Here’s what he meant.

The 104-team ASA Girl’s Age 18-Under National Championship is being played at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park through Sunday, Aug. 8. To claim the championship, a team would need to win eight consecutive games in the double elimination bracket.

Now, if a team loses in the early going and drops into the loser’s bracket, it’s like falling into a deep hole with a long, grueling climb out.

So, a team can’t sprint through that many games, but instead must “play one game at a time,” said Macias. And Macias’ ball club got off to a good start on Wednesday by taking a 4-1 victory from the Riptide of Newport Beach, CA.

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Let the games begin, Hemet’s ready for the ASA girl’s national tournament

Thursday, July 15th, 2010


The eight ball fields at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park are in beautiful shape for the USA / ASA Class “A” Girl’s Fastpitch 18-Under National Championships, Aug. 2 to Aug. 8. in Hemet, California.
Photos By BOB OTTO
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HEMET, CA – The grass glistens a rich green. The infields are smooth and true – no bad hop excuses here. The covered dugouts are wide and deep with ample room for players, ball bags, bats and gloves.

Seating and parking? No problem. There’s plenty of room for cars, campers, motor homes, and fans to cozy up to the ball fields.

Diamond Valley Lake Community Park and its eight ball fields shines as the jewel of softball complexes in Southern California.

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) must have agreed because it awarded Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, and the Minor’s Gold Softball Organization the USA / ASA Class “A” Girl’s Fastpitch 18-Under National Championships.

More than 140 girl’s fastpitch teams from throughout the country will take part in the tournament, which runs from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8. at Diamond Valley and Winchester Park ball fields. Winchester has three ball fields and is a short drive from Diamond Valley.

“These are beautiful, absolutely gorgeous ball fields,” said Jan Bissell, the tournament’s event coordinator. “The ASA representatives told me they love these fields.”

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