Louisville Lady Sluggers 14U: Welcome

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NOTICE:  The 14u website has moved to 16U. 

Please visit us at:  

www.eteamz.com/louisvilleladysluggers16 

The Louisville Lady Sluggers is a fastpitch organization located in Louisville, KY.  Our team is made up of players from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  As one of the premier fastpitch softball organizations in the Kentuckiana area, the Lady Sluggers provides dedicated athletes a competitive playing environment at the highest level of fastpitch softball.  Our organization emphasizes solid fundamentals, hard work, commitment and dedication.  We emphasize the development of the total athlete.  We take pride in equipping our athletes with the skills necessary to compete at the next level.  Our athletes have earned the respect of opponents for their dedication, hard work and class -  on and off - the field. 

 2011 Record:  50-10-2

2011 Qualifiers Received:

ASA/USA Nationals

Premier Girls Fastpich (PGF) Nationals 

ASA Northern Nationals

USGF World Series

ASA Hall of Fame Qualifier

 


  


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Sunday, August 7
Sluggers Attend ASA/USA Nationals in Midland, Texas

The Louisville Lady Sluggers loaded up on a charter bus from Toby Tours on Friday, July 29th and headed to West Texas to attend the ASA/USA Nationals in Midland, TX.  The Sluggers had the opportunity to meet and play against the best of the best from across the United States.  The Sluggers went 1-1 during pool play against Team Missouri and  Florida Power.  Unfortunately, the first tournament game ended in a loss against the Orlando Aftershocks which put us in the loser's bracket.  The team fought back to have wins against Texas Glory and Oregon Panthers.  Our streak ended on Friday however, with a loss against the So Cal Choppers from California.  Overall, the Sluggers went 3-3 but had an amazing time and great experience!  Congratulations to the TN Fury and OH Lady Lasers for making it to the championship game and representing our region well.  The Sluggers end their 2011 summer season with an amazing record of 50-10-2 and are already looking forward to next year!

Sunday, July 24
Sluggers Win the 2011 Fastpitch World Series

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers are proud to announce being named World Series Champions!  The Sluggers traveled to Indianapolis for the Circle City Fastpitch World Series to participate with 23 teams in the 14u division from across multiple states.  The World Series opened on Thursday with a parade of teams, pin trading, sky divers and fireworks along with skills competitions between the teams.  Pool play started Thursday evening and continued through Friday.  Saturday began tournament play that continued until late Sunday evening.  Indianapolis experienced record heat over the tournament, but that did not stop the Lady Sluggers from reaching their goal of winning the World Series.  The Slugger defense was solid and our bats were on fire including three players hitting first-time ever out of the park home runs!  Congratulations Hannah, Jordan and Emma!  The Sluggers went 8-0 to be named Champions.  We would like to thank the teams we played from IN, OH, IL, and MI for the great competition especially the Ohio Classics who we battled in the Championship game to win by one run.  The Ohio Classics beat us by one run a few weekends prior so it was good to face them again to battle for the title.  The Sluggers will now take this momentum and head for the big show in Midland, TX - the ASA/USA Nationals.  Special thanks to Toby Tours for taking the team on the chartered bus to the upcoming big event!

Saturday, July 16
Sluggers Win ASA Appreciation Tournament

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers went 3-1 to win the ASA Appreciation tournament in Bowling Green, KY on July 15 & 16, 2011.  The Sluggers would like to thank the teams from KY and IN for the great competition.  Special thanks to KY ASA for sponsoring this appreciation tournament.  Thank you Brenda Petty and Bill Bollinger for your love of the game of softball!

Sunday, July 10
Sluggers are ASA KY State Champions

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers are proud to be ASA KY State Champions.  The Sluggers went 4-0 in the state tournament July 8 - 10, 2011 in Bowling Green, KY.  The smoltering heat never stopped the Sluggers from reaching their goal.  Special thanks to the ten 14u teams who participated in the tournament and thank you for the great competition.

Thursday, July 7
Sluggers Release 2011 Trading Pin

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers are proud to release our 2011 trading pin.  Special thanks to Dragonaire Pins for the design of our pin.  Be sure to visit one of our players at the upcoming ASA/USA Nationals to trade pins!

Monday, July 4
Sluggers Finish in Elite 8 at ASA Fire in the Sky Tournament

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The Sluggers travel 5 hours North to attend the ASA Fire in the Sky Tournament over the 4th of July weekend in Orrville, OH sponsored by the Orrville Firefighters.  This was an amazing tournament with 44, 14u teams from several states.  The Sluggers went 5-1 to make it to the Elite 8 where we lost by one run in the last inning to the talented Ohio Classics.  Congratulations to the Classics who went on to the Championship game where they were named runnerup!  The Slugger families had the opportunity to have some 4th of July fun with a carnival, touring Amish country, and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day!

Saturday, June 25
Sluggers Win the Premier Girls Fastpitch College Exposure in Indianapolis, IN

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Will it be the Nationals in Texas or in California?????  The Sluggers go 7-0 to win the Premier Girls Fastpitch College Exposure tournament in Indianapolis, IN on June 23-25, 2011 to win a berth to the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA.   It was a chilly, rainy start to the tournament but ended up in a beautiful weekend of softball as the Sluggers were named tournament champions to win another berth.  The Sluggers would like to thank their competition from OH, IN and IL and wish them luck in California!

Sunday, June 19
Sluggers Attend Laser Invitational in Columbus, OH

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers attended the Lady Lasers Invitational Tournament in Columbus, OH on June 17-19, 2011.  This tournament was by invitation only and made up of highly competitive teams across the US.  The Sluggers went  2-3-1 overall against great competition from OH, TN, PA, and IN.  The 3 games lost were within 1 or 2 runs or within one run following international tie breaker innings which is the type of softball games we all love.  Many of the teams present will move on to attend the ASA/USA Nationals so we hope to see them all again in Texas!  We also wish all the softball dads a Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 12
Sluggers Win ASA Diamonds of the South Tournament to Qualify for the ASA/USA Nationals

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The Sluggers are going to Texas!!!!  The Louisville Lady Sluggers went 5-1 to win the Diamonds of the South Tournament in Princeton, IN on June 10-12, 2011.  The Sluggers went undefeated on Friday and Saturday making it to the Championship game on Sunday afternoon where they faced the very talented Illinois Sparks.  Both teams fought hard because both wanted the berth to the ASA/USA Nationals.  After 7 innings, the game was tied and went into International tie breaker when the Sparks pulled ahead to score a run and beat the Sluggers.  That moved us to the "what if" game where the Sluggers refused to go down without a fight.  The Sluggers win the game and are named tournament Champions and will now go to the biggest show in the country - the ASA/USA Nationals in Midland, TX in August.  The Sluggers would like to thank the teams from KY, IN, OH and IL for the great competition.  We also wish the IL Sparks good luck this weekend in Minnesota where they are headed this weekend to once again try for a bid to the ASA/USA Nationals.  Good luck Sparks and hopefully we will see you in Texas!!


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Saturday, June 4
Sluggers Win ASA Diamonds of Central IN Tournament in Lafayette, IN

The extreme heat did not hold the Louisville Lady Sluggers back as they go 4-0 to win the ASA Diamonds of Central IN tournament in Lafayette, IN on June 3 & 4, 2011.  The Sluggers were named Champions for this Hall of Fame Qualifier.

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Sunday, May 29
Sluggers Win ASA Memorial Madness in Versailles, KY

The Louisville Lady Sluggers came out strong to win the first tournament following high school season.  The Sluggers went 6-0 to be named tournament champions for the ASA Memorial Madness tournment in Versailles, KY on May 28 and 29, 2011.  The Sluggers received a berth to the ASA Northern Nationals.  There were 12 teams in the 14u bracket and the Sluggers would like to thank the great competition from KY, IN, and WV.  The Sluggers look forward to continuing a highly competitive summer while traveling every weekend throughout 5 states for our 2011 summer season.

Indy Runner Up
Sunday, February 6
Sluggers Finish as Runner-Up in ASA Indoor Tournament in Indianapolis

The Sluggers headed north through inches of snow and ice to attend an ASA Indoor Tournament in Indianapolis, IN.  The Sluggers came out strong for the first tournament of the 2011 season and go 3-1-1 to finish as runner-ups.  The championship game was everything you want in a competitive softball game.  The score was 0-0 at the completion of 5 innings and the Sluggers and Indiana Gators both remain flawless defensively.  With the international tie breaker starting the 6th inning, both teams remain tied until the 7th inning when the Gators score 1 to win the game.  The Sluggers would like to thank the Gators for a great game and wish to thank all the teams from KY, IN, TN and IL for the great competition.

Saturday, January 22
Sluggers Attend U of L Softball Bullpen Dinner and meet Michele Smith

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The Sluggers attended the University of Louisville softball season kick off dinner on January 22nd and have the opportunity to meet Michele Smith, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and ESPN analyst as the keynote speaker.  It was great to hear from someone who has had such an inspirational career and the encouragement she gave to upcoming softball athletes.



Sunday, January 16
Sluggers Attend University of Louisville Winter Softball Camp

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The Sluggers attended the University of Louisville softball camp on January 16, 2011 and spent the day with the Cardinal players and coaching staff participating in defensive and offensive drills.

Saturday, January 1
Sluggers Look Forward to a Great 2011!

The Sluggers enjoyed the Holiday's with family and friends and wish everyone a Happy New Year.  We continue to work hard at practice in preparation for a great upcoming 2011 softball season!

Saturday, December 18
Sluggers Attend Indiana University and University of Tennessee Softball Camps

Lady Sluggers attend the IU Softball camp, while others attend the University of TN Softball camp.  It was great to participate in the hitting, slapping, fielding and pitching drills with these amazing Division One athletes.  Thanks Lady Volunteer's and Lady Hoosier's for the training.



Sunday, November 21
Sluggers Attend University of Kentucky Softball Camp

The Louisville Lady Sluggers visited Lexington, KY - home of the Big Blue - to attend the University of Kentucky's Softball Camp on November 21, 2010.  The Sluggers spent the day with the talented Lady Wildcats and the coaching staff on hitting, fielding, sliding, speed/agility and overall training required of a Division One athelete.  Thank you Lady Cats!


Sunday, November 14
Sluggers Attend Murray State University Softball Camp

The Louisville Lady Sluggers take a trip to Murray, KY to attend the Murray State University Softball Camp.  The Sluggers spent the day with Division One Players and Coaches from Murray State on throwing, fielding and softball drills as well as individual video instruction analyzing hitting techniques.  Thank you Murray State Racers!



Sunday, October 31
Sluggers Win USGF KY Fall State Tournament in Hopkinsville, KY

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers travel to Hopkinsville, KY On October 30 and 31, 2010 for a great Fall weekend of softball going 5-0 to become tournament champions of the USGF KY Fall State tournament and win a bid to the 2011 USGF World Series.  The Sluggers would like to thank the teams from KY, TN, and IL for the great competion and wish everyone a Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 17
Sluggers Finish Runner-Up in USFA TN Fall State Tournament

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The Sluggers had an amazing weekend of softball playing 9 games in 2 days and going 7-2 to be named runner-up in the USFA TN Fall State Tournament in Gallatin, TN on October 16th & 17th, 2010.  The Sluggers had a tough start by losing their first tournament game on Saturday which put them into the loser's bracket.  However, that Slugger passion to compete remained strong Saturday and Sunday and the Sluggers continue winning to the final game against the talented Team Worth 96 from TN.  The Sluggers beat them the first game but after playing 5 games in a row, came short their 6th game of the day in the final "what if" game for the championship title.  There were 13 talented teams in the 14u division and the Sluggers would like to thank everyone for the great competition.  The Sluggers looked "pretty in pink" on Saturday in honor and support of October's Breast Cancer Awareness. 


Saturday, September 25
Sluggers Finish 3rd in Franklin Fall Friendly

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The Louisville Lady Sluggers travel to Franklin, TN to play in the USFA Franklin Fall Friendly for the first tournament of the Fall season with only 2 practices for the newly formed team.  The Sluggers come out strong on Saturday and go 3-1 and then win the first 2 games on Sunday before losing in the semi-final game in the last inning.  That is what we love about the game of softball - compete until the end.  The Sluggers would like to thank all the teams from TN, KY, IN and AL for the great competition.  It was a beautiful Fall weekend for softball.


Sunday, August 22
Slugger Tryouts and New Roster

The 14u Louisville Lady Sluggers hosted tryouts on August 22, 2010 and wish to thank the 44 great softball players who came to try out.  It was amazing to see such a great group of athletes.  Congratulations to the 13 chosen to represent the Louisville Lady Sluggers for the Fall 2010 and Summer 2011 season!  We look forward to a great season of softball!


Saturday, August 7
Sluggers reach their destination to the biggest show in the US

The Louisville Lady Sluggers arrived in Moline, IL on Saturday for the ASA/USA Nationals -  The biggest show in the United States with 156 of the top teams in the country.  The Louisville Lady Sluggers are the only 14u team from the state of Kentucky and are proud to represent our state. Opening ceremonies on Sunday were amazing and the Sluggers enjoyed meeting all the teams, the parade and the pin trading.  Monday, the Sluggers came out strong to beat the Missouri Pride for the first pool play game.  Tuesday, the Sluggers were beat by the talented Fresno Force from California in the 2nd pool play game.  Wednesday for the start of the tournament play, the rain forced games to be cancelled for the Sluggers which gave the families an opportunity to visit all the great attractions in the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa.  On Thursday morning the Sluggers lost to the Texas Peppers whose pitcher had an amazing rise ball.  The Sluggers then faced another talented team from California the Irvine Sting.  It was a competitive game that led to extra innings and the Sluggers lost by one run.  The ASA/USA Nationals was an amazing experience for the Sluggers and although we did not finish as the top team, we learned alot to prepare us for the future.  The 14u Sluggers would like to congratulate our 16u Sluggers for finishing in the top 8 at the 16u ASA/USA Nationals in College Station, Texas and to our 18u Sluggers for winning the 18U ASA A GOLD Southern Nationals.

Monday, July 26
Sluggers Attend Worth 14u Elite World Series Tune-Up Tournament in Indianapolis, IN

The Sluggers had a hot, but wonderful weekend of softball as they attended the Worth 14u Elite World Series Tune-Up Tournament in Indianapolis, IN on July 24 & 25, 2010.  The Sluggers went 5-2 playing some of the top teams in IN, KY, IL, WI, OH and MO.  This was a great tournament to prepare us for the upcoming ASA/USA Nationals.  Thanks to all teams for the great competition.

Friday, July 23
Sluggers Attend University of Louisville Summer Softball Camp

The Louisville Lady Sluggers had a great time this week at the University of Louisville Summer Softball Camp.  The players worked hard on fielding, hitting and baserunning.  Everyone enjoyed the camp and greatly appreciated the hard work of the U of L Coaching Staff and players that made it an enjoyable learning experience.

Wednesday, July 21
Louisville Lady Sluggers 2010 Trading Pin

The Louisville Lady Sluggers are proud to release our 2010 trading pin.  Be sure to collect a Kentucky Louisville Lady Slugger pin at the upcoming 2010 ASA/USA Nationals in Moline, IL.  Special thanks to Dragonaire Pins for their great artwork and customer service.



Monday, July 19
14u Sluggers Win 16u SlugFest in Henderson, KY

The 14u Louisville Lady Sluggers begin preparation for their upcoming ASA/USA Nationals and play up in the 16U SlugFest in Henderson, KY.  The Sluggers came out strong on Saturday going 2-0 and move into Sunday staying on top in the winner's bracket making it to the championship game and then the thunderstorm hit.  The Sluggers were named tournament champions as on the only undefeated team (3-0).  The Sluggers would like to thank the talented 16u teams from KY, IN and IL.  Thanks for the great competition to prepare us for our big show!


Monday, July 12
Sluggers Finish 3rd in KY ASA State in Bowling Green, KY

The 14u Sluggers go 2-2 and finish 3rd in the KY ASA State Tournament in Bowling Green, KY on July 10th and 11th, 2010.  The Sluggers came out strong on Saturday after an early morning pep talk from Don Dabina, Founder of the Louisville Lady Slugger organization.  The Sluggers struggled on Sunday after losing by one run to the talented Southern KY Crush and moving to the loser's bracket.   Congratulations to the 16u and 18u Lady Sluggers for being tournament Champions in their division!



Monday, July 5
Sluggers Win KY NSA State Tournament

The Sluggers enjoyed a beautiful 4th of July weekend in Lexington, KY playing in the NSA State Tournament on July 3rd and 4th.  The Sluggers went 4-0 and were crowned State Champions as well as winning a berth to the NSA World Series.  Thanks to all the teams for a wonderful weekend of softball and special thanks to the men and women of our armed forces for protecting our country and keeping our freedom!



Monday, June 28
Sluggers Finish 3rd in USFA KY State Tournament in Brandenburg, KY

The Sluggers attend the USFA KY State Tournament on June 26-28, 2010 in Brandenburg, KY going 4-2 to finish 3rd.  It was great to play all the local KY teams and see many friends.


Monday, June 21
Sluggers are Invited to Gold Invitational Tournament in Marion, OH

The Louisville Lady Sluggers attended the Laser Nation Gold Tournament by Invitation Only on June 18 - 20, 2010.  The opportunity to play the talented 14u teams from KY, IN, IL, OH, PA, WV, and MI was amazing.  240 teams applied for this tournament and the Sluggers were one of the 28, 14u teams chosen to participate.  The Sluggers came out strong on Friday going 2-0-1, then going 2-1 on Saturday with a tough early game on Sunday to lose 2-0 to the talented Ohio Ice.  The Sluggers finish overall going 4-2-1 and finish 8th out of 28 teams.


Monday, June 14
Sluggers Attend Capitol City Showcase and Bat Wars in Columbus, OH

The Sluggers attended the Capitol City Showdown in Colmbus, OH on June 1oth thru 13th, 2010.  The Sluggers came out strong playing hard and went 5-0 before Mother Nature ended the tournament on Sunday due to heavy rain.  The Sluggers enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Bat Wars sponsored by Softball Magazine and had a great time trying out the hundreds of bats available.  The Sluggers would like to thank all 38 of the 14u teams in the tournament from KY, IN, IL, TN, OH, WV and PA for the great competition.


Monday, June 7
Sluggers Finish 3rd in June Jam Tournament in Bowling Green, KY

The Louisville Lady Sluggers go 2-2 and finish 3rd in the June Jam Tournament sponsored by the Southern KY Crush in Bowling Green on June 5th and 6th. It was great to play the Southern KY and TN teams and appreciate the great competition.



Sunday, May 30
Sluggers Win Memorial Madness Tournament on May 29-30, 2010

The Lady Sluggers kick off the summer travel season by playing at the ASA Memorial Madness tournament in Versailles, KY on May 29th and 30th and win a berth to the ASA Northern Nationals.  The Sluggers come out strong and win the tournament going undefeated 6-0.  Thanks to all the teams for the great competition.  "All the Slugger Ladies"  were glad to be together on the field after the High School softball season.


Sunday, February 7
Sluggers Attend First Tournament of the 2010 Season in Indianapolis, IN

 

Eight inches of snow did not stop the Sluggers from attending their first tournament of the 2010 season.  The Sluggers played in an indoor tournament at the SportZone in Indianapolis.  The Sluggers come out strong with a record of 3-1.  The Sluggers would like to thank the teams from KY, IN, IL and WI for the great competition.



Sunday, February 1
Sluggers Train with Jessica Mendoza

The Lady Sluggers spent February 1, 2009 with Jessica Mendoza.  Jessica is a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2007 World Cup MVP, Four Time All American, 2008 National Sportswoman of the Year, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and US National Team player.  Jessica is known as one of the best softball hitters in the world.   Jessica spent the day providing one-on-one hitting instructions to the Lady Sluggers enforcing the drive and passion needed in softball. 

 




Sunday, August 2
The Sluggers "Have the Time of Their Lives" Accomplishing Their Goal to Win the ASA "A" Northern Nationals


After being three-time state champions in NSA, USSSA, and ASA Kentucky State Tournaments, the 12u Louisville Lady Sluggers qualified for a World Series/Nationals in TN, FL, KY, WI and IL.  The Sluggers chose to go the ASA - Amateur Softball Association sanction route and although the ASA "B" Northern Nationals were held in Bowling Green, KY - the Sluggers wanted the challenge to play in an "A" Nationals and so they began their nine-hour journey to Green Bay, WI for the ASA "A" Northern Nationals held July 29 thru August 1, 2009.

The Sluggers kicked off the tournament with a special visit from Brian Brohm - quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and former star quarterback for the University of Louisville Cardinals.  Brian was excited to hear a team from Louisville, Kentucky made it to the Nationals and would be playing in Green Bay - he did not want to pass up the chance to show his support of the Sluggers.  Brian met with the Sluggers and gave them a motivational speech on teamwork, emphasizing the importance of a hard work ethic and the drive needed to compete.   The Sluggers in turn had the opportunity later in the week to watch the Green Bay Packers kick off their opening season with a practice and opportunity to tour Lambeau Field.


 

Pool play games began on Wednesday and the Sluggers went 1-1.  Wednesday evening the Sluggers shared some fun at the Opening Ceremonies with a parade and pin trading.


Bracket games began on Thursday and the Sluggers beat the Miami Express from Kansas 7-2 to advance to Friday games.  The Sluggers had a tough loss early on Friday morning losing 1-0 to the ASA WI State Champions the Kimberly Cardinals and moved to the loser's bracket.  They win the next game 4-0 against the Naperville Diamond Aces from Illinois and then again face the Miami Express and win 6-5.  The Sluggers came out on Saturday with a strong determination and beat the Muscatine Maniacs from Iowa 4-3 and move to the Championship game where they would face the undefeated Kimberly Cardinals from Wisconsin.  The Sluggers would have to beat them twice to win the nationals coming from the loser's bracket.  The Sluggers knew they had to overcome the outstanding pitching of the Kimberly Cardinals and were able to put the ball in play and win the game 5-0 to advance to the final game of the day.  Both teams fought hard defensively for the win with neither team scoring until the third inning when the Sluggers opened up their hitting.  The Sluggers continued to battle and win the final game 5-1 and are named 12u ASA "A" Northern Nationals Champions.

Overall the Sluggers went 7-2 and accomplished their dream of winning the Nationals!  In between games and practices the Sluggers and their families had an opportunity to have alot of fun in the Green Bay area. 

To win the ASA "A" Nationals is a dream for any fastpitch team and the Sluggers truly had the "time of their lives".



Thursday, December 31
2009 Season Stats

The 12u Sluggers end their amazing season with a 2009 record of 64-11 to include 9 - First Place Finishes and 3 - 2nd Place Finishes making it to the Championship game at every tournament entered.  Amazing highlights of the season included winning the ASA "A" Northern Nationals and being named Three-Time KY State Champions in ASA, NSA and USSSA.  The Sluggers traveled to multiple states and would like to thank all teams they competed against in 2009 for the great competition.  Eight players from 2009 will return for the 2010 season as we move to 14u.



Saturday, January 30
Sluggers Attend University of Louisville Softball Kick Off Dinner with Guest Speaker Jennie Finch


The Sluggers had the opportunity to attend the University of Louisville Softball Kick Off Dinner on January 30, 2010 to help the Cards kick off their 2010 season.  It was a great time to meet all the Cardinal players while having the honor to meet the keynote speaker - Jennie Finch.  Finch has been an integral member of the USA National Softball Team and has earned numerous Olympic, World Championship and Pan American medals.  Finch gave an inspiring speech to all young athletes.  Additionally, the Cardinals honored Don Dabina for the softball spirit award.  Don was awarded for his contributions over the years to the game of softball and for being the one individual responsible for bringing Fastpitch to the city of Louisville and putting the state of Kentucky on the fastpitch map.  Don is founder of the Louisville Lady Sluggers and the 14u players and families would like to congratulate Don for this award and thank him for all he does for the world of FASTPITCH SOFTBALL!