DeSoto Belles 18U Fastpitch Softball: Welcome

The Belles are an 18U Tournament Fastpitch Softball Team.
Our team is comprised of young, talented and dedicated athletes from the greater Kansas City area who love to play the game.  We will play some of the best competition in the midwest at 18U tournaments and participate in several College Exposure Camps during the Summer and Fall seasons including the prestigous Colorado Fireworks, Heartland Showcase, Mid-Missouri Showcase, and others.

Coaches: Mandi Hodo, Cat White & Greg Heinrich



Wednesday, June 12
Congratulations to the following Belles for being named All State by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association

Lauren Mabe 1st Team Infield 4A Desoto HS

Ashley Mars 2nd Team Catcher 4A Desoto HS

Kenzie Garvin 2nd Team Outfield 6A Lawrence HS

Sunday, June 9
Belles go 4-2 and take second place in 18 Gold division at ASA Heartland Showcase.

Sunday, June 2
Belles go 5-1 and place second at Hawaiian Hitfest NIT.

Friday, May 24
Congratulations to the following Belles that are State Champions!

Lauren Mabe and Ashley Mars Desoto HS 4A

Bailey Ward Olathe East HS 6A

Sunday, July 8
Belles go 5-0 and win Kansas USSSA 18A State Tournament

2012 USSSA 18A Kansas State Champions

Sunday, July 1
Belles go 2-2 in bracket play at the Colorado Fireworks Tournament and finish tied for 32nd in 18 Open.

Wednesday, October 14
Updated Schedule for Oct 17th & 18th @ Lone Elm

Saturday  Oct 17th:   (10:30 on Field 4)   (3:00 on Field 3)   (6:00 on Field 4)

Sunday Oct 18th:   (3:00 on Field 4)   (6:00 on Field 4)

Wednesday, June 13
Belles look to shine in NSC Recruiting Tournament at Blue Valley Recreation

Schedule Here

Friday, June 8
Belles are scheduled to play this weekend in the ASA Heartland Showcase Exposure Tournament

Schedule Here

Sunday, June 3
Belles go 7-2 and take 2nd place at 2nd Annual NAMI Tournament

Thursday, May 31
Belles look to improve on last weekend at the 2nd Annual NAMI Mental Health Awareness Benefit NIT at Mid-America West Park

Schedule Here

Thursday, May 24
Belles open summer season at ASA Memorial Day Classic in Olathe

Saturday, May 26
Congratulations to Lauren Mabe and Ashley Mars on their Second Place finish at the 4A Kansas State Softball Tournament

Saturday, May 26
Congratulations to Candice Jennings on her 3rd place finish at the 4A Kansas State Softball Tournament

Thursday, May 24
Congratulations to six Belles headed to the 2012 Kansas State Softball Tournament

Candice Jennings - Basehor Linwood HS

Lauren Mabe - Desoto High School

Ashley Mars - Desoto High School

Abby Ford - Mill Valley HS

Elizabeth Stover - Olathe Northwest HS

Mallorie Nelson - Paola High School

Monday, August 1
Belles Tryouts Scheduled for August 4th

The 18A DeSoto Belles will be holding a tryout on Thursday, August 4th from 6-8 at Lone Elm field 1.

Our team is composed of a great group of girls who are dedicated and want to move on to the next level of softball. We are looking to fill some openings, especially pitching, with other girls who are dedicated and drama free. We will play in fall and winter tournaments, as well as a full summer schedule.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mandi Hodo at 913-244-6444 or

Saturday, July 30
Belles Finish 13th at USSSA 18A Nationals

Thursday, July 14
Belles play in Heartland Nationals July 14th-17th, 2011

Schedule Here

Monday, July 11
Belles place 5th at USSSA Kansas State

The Belles placed 5th at USSSA Kansas State July 9-10, 2011.  Results

Wednesday, June 22
Belles travel to Colorado to play in the Colorado Fireworks Tournament June 27 to July 4, 2011

Tuesday, June 21
Belles Katie Yoder and Abby Ford named to All Kaw Valley Leagues Teams

Wednesday, June 15
Belles Jackie Lybarger, Heather Edwards named to All East Kansas league team. Jasmine Stewart on All Sunflower League team.

Wednesday, June 15
Belles look to better two 2nd place finishes as they get ready for the Father's Day Classic NIT

Pool Play Schedule

Bracket Schedule

Saturday, June 11
Belles Lauren Mabe named to LJW All Area Team

Thursday, June 9
Belles take part in the Heartland Showcase Camps and Tournament

Thursday, June 2
Belles Travel to Topeka for the Capital CIty Showdown June 4th and 5th, 2011

Pool play schedule

Bracket play schedule

Tuesday, May 24
Belles get ready for Memorial Day Invitational Tournament

The schedule/results for the Belles first tournament for the 2011 summer season are available HERE.

18A Single elimination bracket

Sunday, May 15
Belles Summer Schedule

May 28-30 Memorial Day Invitational (ASA)  Various KC Metro Sites...
June 3-5 Capital City Showdown (USSSA)  Topeka, KS
June 10-12 Heartland Showcase (ASA)  Hidden Valley**
June 17-19 Father's Day (USSSA)  MAWSC
June 27-July 3 Fireworks (ASA)  Colorado**
July 8-10  USSSA State (USSSA)  MAWSC
July 15-17  Heartland World Series (ASA)  Various KC Metro Sites... 
July 22-24  Mid-Missouri Elite Tournament (ASA)  UCM--Warrensburg, MO **
July 25-31 USSSA World Series (USSSA)  Blue Valley

Wednesday, May 18
Belles players advance to State softball

Congratulations to the following Belles players and their teams for winning their regional and advancing to state:

Candice Jennings - Basehor Linwood High School. Read about it HERE.

Megan Moore - Topeka Seaman High School 

Wednesday, May 11
Belles players Ashley Mars and Lauren Mabe help lead Desoto High School to Frontier League Title

Wednesday, August 5
Zdeb To Be A Bulldog

Zdeb To Mississippi State University

Belles senior-to-be outfielder and power-hitter, Rachael Zdeb, has made a verbal committment to play college softball for Coach Jay Miller and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs.  Coach Miller has had the honor of coaching the USA National Team this summer so there is no doubt Rachael will be in an excellent spot to succeed.   

Please feel free to extend congratulations to Rachael and her family on this opportunity. 

Way to go Rachael!!!We are very proud of you!!!

Friday, December 5


     Belles Players Sign with Collegiate Teams



Several current and recent Belles players have signed or made verbal commitments to continue their softball experiences at the collegiate level.  Congratulations to these players and stay tuned for more commitments from other Belles players coming very soon. 



Belles Player

High School University
  Shelby Plank
			 2012 - Gardner Edgerton HS
Barton Communtiy College
  Jessica Peacock 2012- Wellsville Johnson County CC
  Taylor Broers
			2012- Wellsville
Ottawa University

Katie Yoder

2011- Mill Valley Highland Community College
Heather Edwards 2011- Bishop Miege Johnson County CC
Jackie Lybarger 2011- Blue Valley West University of Missouri S&T
Megan Moore 2011- Seaman High School Maple Woods Community College
Jordin Burford 2010- Desoto Benedictine College
Rachael Zdeb 2010- Shawnee Mission N.W. Mississippi State University
Katie Williams 2010- Desoto Johnson County CC
Hannah Maher 2010- Blue Valley Benedictine College
Kayla Morse 2010- Olathe NW Baker University
Courtney Gall 2010 Olathe South Johnson County CC
Megan Kear 2009- Pleasant Ridge Highland Community College
Madison Hargrove 2009- Mill Valley Missouri State University
Sydnie Gerber 2009- Mill Valley Central Methodist University
Tara Heinrich 2009- Mill Valley Baker University
Emily Moe 2009- Leavenworth High Johnson County CC
Shawna Borger 2009- Shawnee Mission West Maple Woods Community College
Breanna Volkmann 2008- North Kansas City Missouri Southern University
Kayla Yount 2008- Olathe South Central Methodist University