The threatening weather in Oklahoma City couldn’t stop the 2016 Softball Factory College World Series Select Training event from happening last weekend in Oklahoma City, OK.
Players checked into the dorms on Thursday night at Methodist Hall on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Later that evening, parents and players enjoyed the welcome meeting to get excited about the weekend’s events. Parents and players listened to a great speech from CJ Browder, Softball Factory Scouting and Operations Coordinator, who has worked with the Factory since 2013 and coached at Louisiana Tech University. Players received their gear and were able to watch the Oklahoma/Alabama game at the World Series on the big screen.
Despite the rain when the event began on Friday morning, players were still able to get work in, as they headed into the arena to complete measurables, work on speed and agility drills as well as throwing progression. Players hit in the Easton Hitting Lab as well as another hitting session in the cages later in the day, in addition to defensive position work on the baseball field. After dinner, the Factory displayed a Power Point presentation on recruiting, led by Lea Ann Jarvis, Nicki Trumpler, Browder and Kelsey Horton.
On Saturday, players were back on the field and ready for a full day of instructional work, along with a four team scrimmage Saturday night. While two teams faced each other, the other two teams got some instructional work in the hitting facility. The weather played tricks on the situation again as the players were scheduled to go to the Women’s College World Series on Saturday night. Despite that, nearly all of the players, parents and staff were able to attend at least one game.
Sunday morning got off to an early start with more instructional work at 7:30 am and finished around 10:30 am with some situational defense with runners.
Overall, the event was a success and the players had a great time learning the game from outstanding coaches, training to get better and making new friends with other players from around the country.
The great coaching staff from the weekend were led by Senior Director of the Softball Factory, Lea Ann Jarvis, Nicki Trumpler, CJ Browder, Nancy Evans, Shanna Smith, Kristina Hillberth-Wyatt, Lauren Lupinetti, Kelsey Horton, Amanda Fefel, Leslie Miller, MaRae Cayton and Tippy Golphin.
Following the event, three awards were given out to players based on their performance during their time at the event.
Most Improved – Madison Miller 2021 OF L/L from Jefferson, GA who was a participant in the 2015 Softball Factory Fall Classic and attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waleska, GA in January, 2016.
MVP – Destiny Quiles 2019 C R/R from Vacaville, CA who we saw at a National Tryout in Sacramento, CA in February of 2015.
Best Camper – Sydney Cox 2020 SS R/switch from Asheboro, NC who attended a National Tryout in Greensboro, NC back in March.