July 6, 2012 —
By Bill Mullaly
The girl’s softball program has been going on for almost two months here in Hudson and all the softball is not done yet. The 2012 youth softball program for the Hudson girls features playing opportunities for females ages 3-14. “We have had a great season so far and I was real happy with the number of girls we had playing this season,” said Amy Hill, who helps organize the Hudson girl’s summer softball program. “We started a bit earlier this year due to the nice weather and it been a real successful season of ball. We changed some things in the way we had the ages playing trying to develop the younger girls into pitchers and I think that went well. The participation of the number of players was very good and things went well.” The games began the first week of May and the regular season ended with a night tournament under the lights at Will Carleton Park in mid-June.
Summer Softball Divisions
The girl’s youth softball program begins with T-Ball for kids ages 3-6 and that is held at Webster’s Park. There were two teams in this age group. The Pink team was coached by Stephanie Arredondo and the Green team by Ali Moreno. Then there is the pitching machine league for girls ages 6-8 and they also played their games at Webster’s Park. There were four teams in this age division with the Dark Blue team coached by Tony and Jamie Edison. The Pink team was coached by Raynard Moll, while the Royal Blue squad was led by Ray Mason and the Orange team was coached by Mike Musgrave. “We fixed up Webster’s Park this spring, brought in new dirt for the field and put in new bases and it has been a great place for our younger girls to play,” said Hill about the long-time park on the east side of town.
The main change this spring and summer was having the girls doing the pitching in the age division of 9-11 where there were four teams. The rule was that once a pitcher walked or threw four balls to the batter than the coach would come in to finish the at bat. “We think this worked best because it gets the girls pitching,” said Hill, who noted the games still moved along pretty well. The four teams in this league were the Purple team coached by Mindy Valdez and Jackie Marry. The Blue team led by Eliott and Christy Grondin, while the Orange team was coached by Steve Marry and Heather Price and the Black team was coached by Amy Hill and Ray Mason. “This league is about learning skills and developing players and we don’t worry so much about wins and losses,” said Hill, who has been involved with the girl’s youth league for several years. Previously, this league was coach-pitch before the change to the girl’s pitching and the coach helping when needed.
The 12 and under girls play in a travel league involving Lenawee County teams and the team is coached by Anne Atkin as there is just one team at this age level. The 14 and under team is coached by Mindy Valdez and they also play in the travel league with teams around Adrian and as far as Summerfield. According to Hill the 12U team has had a real good season. After a few years of taking some losses at that age group this year they have found some wins. The 14U team is also doing well and holding their own against some very good competition.