I have taken many trips in my life time, but the one that sticks out the most, is my trip to Rapid City, South Dakota. In the summer of 2008, my traveling girls fast pitch softball team went to the Scheels Rushmore Classic softball tournament. My team and I were really excited that we were going to play in a tournament like this one because it was a tournament that had many really good teams and it had a lot of good competition. We were used to just staying in state and playing the teams we have played for years. We were excited to get out of state and play teams that we had never seen before.
We were put in the 16U Division II bracket. This was the highest bracket there was for the 16U age group. There were some really good teams we had to play. We played teams mostly from Rapid City, but we also had a team from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. On Saturday we played pool play, which seeds you for tournament play, we did not do to well in pool play so we got a middle seed, which was alright by us because we played great teams. So, on Sunday we had three tournament games and we ended up winning all three of them. Since we won all of our games it meant that we had just won the whole tournament, my teammates and I could not believe it because we had to play some really amazing teams. It was not easy winning we really had to be focused when we were out on the field. I remember our coach saying, “We need to have our game faces on and our hearts in it to win it.” I will never forget the look on my coach’s face and the look on all of our parent’s faces after we had won. They were all really proud of us.
In the middle of all the excitement of us winning first place one of the tournament staff people came over and awarded me, personally, a trophy. She went on to explain that I had been selected by the tournament staff and coaches from other teams to be on the All Tournament Team. This was a team that was put together of kids from every team in the tournament, no matter the age, or where you lived, for their outstanding sportsmanship, over all playing ability, and playing with class. I was so excited and honored that me, of all people, would be given this award. My parents and my teammates were super happy for me, that I won something that meant so much. After the tournament was over we found out that I was one of only two kids from Wyoming to make the All Tournament Team. This was an even bigger honor because it is hard for girls who play fast pitch softball in Wyoming to get noticed very often because we are one of only two states that does not have a softball program in the high schools.
Looking back on this tournament makes me happy that I could be a part of it. It will always be one of my favorite softball memories. From me having won the award of the All Tournament Team made me realize that I should keep reaching for my goals and to never give up because you never know what will happen if you just get out there and give it your best.
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