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Local teams looking forward to softball tourney

While plans are still being made for the Lehigh Valley Softball Showcase scheduled for July 14, 15, and 16 at Northwest Little League fields, players from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are looking forward to the opportunity to play after their high school season ended before it began.

“All of our girls are going to participate,” said Coach Sam Carrodo. “I miss being with the kids and being on the field, but I don’t want to forget the damage the coronavirus has done. We are going by every single guideline mandated and more.”

Right now, Carrodo is looking for a field to practice on.

“The seniors didn’t get their senior night or anything. This is all about the kids,” Carrodo said. “We’re all getting together to thank the softball community and the seniors and put them on the field one more time.”

Players who went to Bethlehem Catholic will also participate with the exception of one.

“If I could get them together one time for an organizational practice, that would be good. It’s difficult because the girls have tournaments on weekends,” said Coach Rich Mazza. “Travel ball is fun for the kids, but there’s something special about high school softball.”

Mazza thinks the tournament is a great idea.

“Especially for the seniors. I often think about if I had lost my senior year in high school or college,” he said. “It’s a hard pill to swallow, but I pray everything works.”