RUIDOSO – Youth fast pitch softball’s sudden explosion in popularity in Lincoln County has led to the obvious – a local team in the local Queen of the Mountain tournament.
Unfortunately for the 10U Sassy Sluggers, the competition they faced was strong and overpowering.
Unfortunately for every team in this tournament, the recent rains washed out the entire event and everyone was sent home early.
For Julie Rodriguez, tournament director, it was truly a letdown. She hopes it isn’t a harbinger of things to come next weekend for the Queen of the Mountain Too.
“We’ve got another tournament with 8U, 16U and 18U in that one,” Rodriguez said. “I hope it doesn’t rain then. I don’t think I can do this again.”
Prior to the cancellation, the Sassy Sluggers were able to get in two tournament games – one pool play and one bracket play – against some highly polished teams.
The scores reflected the amount of work youth teams from Ruidoso and Lincoln County still have to do.
20-0 and 14-0 losses to the Hot Shots of Las Cruces and Lumbre revealed teams with a lot more speed, a lot more power and a lot more experience.
But that’s exactly what Sassy Sluggers coach Apollonia Page expected to see, particularly after a similar appearance at the Hobbs tournament the week before.
This has been good experience for the girls,” Page said. “And an eye opener on what we need to work on and where we need to be.”
The Sassy Sluggers – and every other Lincoln County team playing fastpitch softball right now – continue their schedules in the Alamogordo Girls Fastpitch League this week.