The Velocity’s 10-and-under and 14-and-under traveling fastpitch softball teams have spent their innagural season traveling around the Texas and Oklahoma fastpitch softball circuit, gaining valuable experience and forging a lasting bond with their teammates.
While the season can be considered an overall success, it has not been without a few bumps in the road.
“The only tournament we placed in was the Pampa, Texas, tournament,” Head Coach Joey Stengell said. “Our 14-and-under team placed third, but this is part of being a new organization. We are quite a bit behind other travel teams, but we are working hard to catch up.”
Although they have had the trials every young team faces, nothing has been able to dampen the spirits of these young girls.
As a collective unit, hey have played and been extremely competitive in more than 40 games since March. Their final tournament of the year is the Texas Class ABC Championships in McKinney, Texas, at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch on July 8-10.
The Velocity 10-and-under — 10U — team battled to a 5-15 overall record this season and a 5-7 record in the class. They are looking to close strong this weekend with a win at the championship tournament. The girls averaged 3.5 runs per game and gave Stengell something to be very proud about and something to build on.
“This upcoming tournament in McKinney will be our eighth and final tournament this season,” Stengell said. “These teams have competed in 40-plus games this year and have been working extremely hard all season long on their fastpitch fundamentals at the academy. Nevermind what the stat sheet says, this tournament will wrap up a very successful first season.”
Stengell’s 14-and-under — 14U — team has only two wins in 25 tries, but the record is in no way indicative of how much this team grew and how well the players began to play together as the season rolled on. The 14U team put up runs in bunches over a eight-game span at one point, but had no answer for the bats of some of Oklahoma’s elite. During that span, they averaged 6.13 runs per game. They currently average 2.56 runs per game for the season.
Both teams will play at the United States Specialty Sports Association Texas Class ABC Championships this weekend. The schedule has not been released as of yet.
Each team is looking to end the season on a high note and bring a championship back to Altus. As the only Altus-based fastpitch softball team in the community, they are committed to making Altus proud and are looking to breathe new life into the once fastpitch-heavy community.
Starting in August, Velocity will begin organizing the 2016-17 season. They will offer 10-and-under, 12-and-under, and 18-and-under teams next year and will announce tryouts for each on their Facebook page at facebook.com/AltusVelocity.
Stengell can be reached at 937-269-3675 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.