Coaches, colleges seek Gold at local softball tourney
Maidu Park in Roseville and Foskett Field in Lincoln bustled with activity last weekend, as 33 teams participated in the 18-under Gold Territory Tournament.
Six berths were awarded to the 18U Gold Nationals in July in San Diego, one to All American Sports Academy of Sacramento. The other berths went to the San Jose Sting, The Next Level of Temecula, Sorcerer of Concord, OC Elite of Riverside and SoCal Athletics of Los Alamitos.
There were representatives from 13 colleges watching the players, including William Jessup University and Sacramento City and Sierra colleges.
Chuck D’Arcy was among the coaches in attendance. D’Arcy, a legendary fastpitch hurler from Sacramento and ASA Hall of Fame member, now is an assistant coach at Arizona State University, which won the College World Series in June. Also in attendance were coaches from Cal, Princeton, Humboldt State, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard, Menlo and Simpson.
In another Greater Sacramento Softball Association tournament, nine area teams earned national berths.
The California Breeze will send a 10U squad to Johnson City, Tenn., a 12U team to Montgomery, Ala., and a 16U team to Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Roseville Heat placed second in the 14U division last weekend and qualified for a national tournament in Midland, Texas, and the 18U Cordova Fury will head to Normal, Ill.
Other local teams that will attend ASA/USA Nationals are the 10U MVP Sports Academy, 12U Grapettes, 14U Silverstreak and 16U USA Elite.
The GSSA has 10U, 12U, 14U regional tournaments scheduled for July 9-10, and the 14U A Western National is scheduled for Aug. 1-7.