Ahwatukee Youth Softball Looks to Grow After One Team’s Storybook Success
An Ahwatukee father, looking for another activity for his 11-year-old, soccer-playing daughter, helped expand the town’s offerings for little league softball, and is now using the team’s success to continue the growth.
According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Todd Heaton decided on softball when his daughter, who had been playing soccer, decided she wanted to try another sport. But the city only had three softball teams, which wasn’t enough to form a full league.
So Ahwatukee Little League Commissioner Rob Lowe formed a partnership with the city of Tempe. The three Ahwatukee softball teams would join the Tempe league, giving the girls a full league, according to the news article.
Most interestingly though, according to the story, the team Heaton’s daughter was on, made mostly of soccer players and relative softball rookies, caught steam as the season went on, and finished in second place, just narrowly losing in the championship series against an “undefeated team that had been playing together for roughly four years.”
Now, Heaton and Lowe hope that success, they can get more girls to join Ahwatukee Little League softball, according to the story. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see the growth that we’ve had,” Lowe told the newspaper. “Our goal is eventually to have (a league) entirely in-house so we don’t need to partner with anyone else.”
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This local update courtesy of your Ahwatukee Community Expert.