KAYSVILLE--For the fourth time, Kaysville was home to the Western National Fastpitch Softball Tournament for the 12 and under and 10 and under age groups. This time, 23 teams came from six western states to compete Aug. 1-4 at the Barnes Sportsplex.
Utah Fastpitch Club, out of Salt Lake, won the 12U championship with a 14-1 victory over Blaze Tenacy of Washington. Salt Lake’s Hot Shots also represented the state with a 7-4 win over Utah’s Zombie Hunters for the title in the 10U division.
“These young women in this state can play ball,” said Curtis Carter, who is on the USA Softball Officials board for Utah.
Kris Willey-High, who has been involved with the tournament for the past eight years, said the Kaysville community and area businesses are extremely supportive of this event, particularly noting the efforts of Mountain Land Physical Therapy.“They are at our event with their athletic trainers taking care of sports injuries all week,” Willey-High said.“They donate their services to us for this event and all of our other tournaments throughout the year.”
Willey-High also noted the contributions of Steve Rollins, Utah’s commissioner for USA Softball of Utah. “He works with the Kaysville Parks and Recreation staff in organizing this event,” she said. “I appreciate his support and our relationship with the local organization.”
In 2009, when Kaysville first hosted this national event, Mayor Steve Hiatt opened his home to a team from Hawaii. “He said that memory is one his family will never forget and they enjoyed it very much,” Willey-High said.