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Ace Basin Complex to welcome 2015 Showtime

Opportunities boundless with top softball talent and 30 college coaches arriving on Saturday

The summer edition of the 2015 Carolina Fire-Mendez. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Longing for the crack of the bat and the pop of the mitt? Look no further.

The Colleton County Parks & Recreation Department will be play host to some of the top, upcoming softball talent this weekend on the beautiful Ace Basin Sports Complex fields. The 2015 Showtime Showcase, put on by the Carolina Fire and Elite-Pack softball organizations, will feature 24 fastpitch softball teams comprised of 18U, 16U, and 14U college prospects, playing in a two-day tournament.

The Showtime Showcase, however, isn’t your average weekend tournament. The teams, comprised of both individual players and organized travel teams seeking to play at the next level, will have the opportunity to receive instruction and feedback from the approximate 30 college coaches participating on Saturday. In fact, the attending college coaches will be in the dug-outs, on the field, and actively engaging with the players.

Jeremy Ware, Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce President, along with Colleton County Parks & Recreation staff, will be on hand Saturday to welcome the visiting players and coaches. The WCCC is coordinating lunch, donated by Zaxby’s, for the visiting college coaches. “We are always excited when groups host events at our new Ace Basin Complex,” said Ware. “The complex has been a huge asset to our community and continues to draw quality events into our area. We are happy to assist in any way we can to contribute to the success of the complex and welcome the college coaches to Walterboro.”

Some of the staff that will be in attendance on Saturday include: Glen Crawford, Lander; Alleen Hawkins, Erskine; Sarah Hall, North Greenville; Chris Hawkins, USC Upstate; Bren Taylor, Averett; Julie Huebner, Tusculum; Keith Troutman, Belmont Abbey; Janice Savage, Appalachian State; Chelsea Butler, Presbyterian College; Kendall Fuller, Winthrop; Theresa Stephens, North Carolina Central; Stephanie Jones, Gardner Webb; Ashleigh Jackson, East Tennessee State; Heather Han, Mercer; Jaclin Poole, Lees MccRae; Becca Staton, SWU; and Mitch Smith, Newberry College.

Also: Travis McCall, Coker; Courtney Knight, Mars Hill; Bre Cuff, Spartanburg Methodist College; Kenneth Bellamy, USC Sak; Scott Long, Salem; Brooke Hull, Piedmont; Jen George, Converse College; Troy Engibous, Reinhardt College; Brent Orr, Webber International; and Jade Geuther, Reinhardt.
Games begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and will continue through mid-day on Sunday.

Cindy Crosby (1035 Posts)