BEAVERCREEK — The 2018 youth softball season is so young, and the players so new to the coaches, that last names were a mere formality in the June 6 season opening contest at Rotary Park between a pair of Beavercreek Fastpitch Association U14 girls fastpitch teams.
Beavercreek is one of 11 community fastpitch associations involved in the South Dayton Community Fast Pitch softball league this season. Locally, teams from Bellbrook Lion’s Club Girls Softball, the Fairborn Youth Softball Association and Xenia YRC are also in the league. Carlisle, Centerville, Miamisburg, Riverside, Springboro-Clearcreek, Waynesville and West Carrollton are the others.
“We have eight teams this year, with roughly 100 kids in our organization. We have eight teams — one 8U, two 10U, a 12U, two 14U and two 18U teams,” said Tom McPeak, the BFA League President who doubles as the head coach of the VFW Post No. 8312-sponsored U14 team.
McPeak’s orange-clad VFW bunch benefited from two six-run innings (the maximum amount of runs teams in the league can score in a single inning) to claim a 16-11 season opening win over their friends and counterparts, the American Legion Post No. 763-sponsored U14 team, coached by Josh Maxwell.
The VFW team gunned down to American Legion runners who had tried to score from third on wild pitches as well.
Both McPeak and Maxwell begged off from providing their respective players’ last names, because neither coach was entirely sure that he knew all of the kids’ last names just yet. Wednesday’s game was the first official league contest for both teams, and so the batting lineups for both teams was listed solely by the players’ first names.
The teams’ coaches were observed providing constant instruction for their players, anything from the proper way to hold a catcher’s mitt when receiving a pitch, to teaching the infielders the proper way snare grounders. The home plate umpire even got into the act, explaining the Infield Fly Rule to some youngsters between innings.
Everybody who shows up gets to bat. The American Legion team had 13 batters in its order, while the VFW had 12. After the high scoring contest, the two Beavercreek teams got together for a team photo at home plate.
According to the league website, Maxwell’s American Legion team is scheduled to host a game against Miamisburg, at 6 p.m. Friday June 8 on the Coy Middle School softball diamond next, while McPeak’s VFW group heads to Fairborn’s Community Park, Diamond No. 1 for a 6 p.m. game against Fairborn that same day.
The 2018 U14 softball season is scheduled to run through mid-July.