NIt was a hot few days in August when Softball Factory rolled into Oklahoma City earlier this month. The heat index reached 105 every day, but, despite the temps, 29 talented players and five coaches hit the field and worked hard on getting better at softball during the weekend.
Throughout the experience, lessons were learned, friendships created and fun was shared. All in all, the Advanced Training at the Junior Women’s World Championship in OKC was a major success.
Coaches Nick Trumpler and CJ Browder handled the workouts with infielders. Standouts from the group included Skyler Shellmyer, a 2018 middle infielder described by Coach Lea Ann Jarvis as “extremely athletic” and 2016 middle infielder Brooke Hoffman that Coach said was a “diamond in the rough that improved by leaps and bounds over the 3 days.”
Katie Ricthovich coached the catchers. Kaitlyn Moses, 2018, was described to have a great skill set and has a “cannon for an arm” with pop times around 1.7 seconds.
Coach Jarvis was the primary pitching instructor during the tryout. Kinzi Van Wyk caught her as having a “really good presence on the mound, very coachable and able to make adjustments very quickly.” One of the hardest working pitchers that Coach has ever worked with was Morgan Morrison, class of 2017. Lastly, Madeline Hanson, 2019, made “the most strides and has the talent to be a top notch pitcher at the next level.”
Three players that were recognized for performing “The Factory Way” were:
Michaela Medich: Gatorade Most Improve Player Award
Brook Hoffman: Oustanding Camper
Skyler Shellmyer: MVP and Recipient of Easton Glasses
However, the highlight of the event for the players, coaches and parents alike was going to the Junior World game featuring the United States and the Chinese Taipei affiliate. USA ended up winning the game 10-0 in 4 innings and then players from Softball Factory OKC were given the opportunity to have an autograph session and photo opportunity with Team USA Juniors.
The 29 girls that participated at the Oklahoma City event blew the Softball Factory coaching staff away. Everyone put in a good effort and was able to improve their game under the hot midwest sun.
From training, to playing to meeting Team USA, Softball Factory OKC was undoubtedly a major success and we can’t wait to go back there again!