With coronavirus restrictions being eased across the nation, some youth sports are getting the opportunity to compete this summer. The Wisconsin Bandits youth fastpitch softball is one of the first area organizations to get out and play. Roger Schliewe of the Bandits told DailyDodge.com that his teams have already been able to take part in one national event in Tulsa, Oklahoma two weeks ago.
Schliewe says that 48-team invite event in Tulsa featured some of the best competition in the country. The 14-Gold team went 4-1-1 and finished 6th while the 16-Gold team went 3-2. Both teams competed in the 16U Bracket.
Schliewe adds that the Tulsa event was held with safety in mind. He says each team had to use their own softballs, fans were not allowed in the bleachers, but had to spread out down the outfield lines, and plenty of hand sanitizer was available in the dugout.
Despite many of this summer’s tournaments closer to home being cancelled, the Bandits still plan on finding opportunities to showcase their skills. Schliewe says they are now currently scheduled to head to St. Louis, Missouri and Davenport, Iowa for major tournaments later this month. Schliewe highlights that this year’s 14 Gold, 16 Gold and 18 Gold teams are as good as any in the Midwest.
The Bandits were formed back in 1992 to allow girls from our area, and across the state, to gain national exposure in front of college coaches with hopes of earning scholarships and playing at the next level. Over the years the Bandits have won six national championships, and had many runner-up, 3rd place and 4th places finishes, to go along with numerous state titles. Seventy-two girls are playing for the Bandits this season.
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