Local teams capture USSSA youth crowns

CNJ staff

HOBBS — Eleven Clovis youth slow-pitch softball teams played in a USSSA national competition over the weekend.

A total of 34 girls teams in five age divisions and eight boys squads — five from Clovis — in a 14-and-under division participated in the event. In addition to New Mexico, there were teams from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.

Local squads won two divisions — Fear This was first in the 16-and-under girls bracket, while Rage II took the title in the boys group.

Other Clovis finishes on the girls side included Sluggers, second in 8-and-under; Dew Krew, seventh in 10-and-under; Stars, third, and Fire & Ice, seventh, in 12-and-under, and Lady Cougars, tied for fifth in 16-and-under.

Clovis Schockers placed second to Rage II in the boys division, while Players was fourth, Rage I fifth and the Reds eighth.

Two Portales teams participated in girls competition — the D-Backs were third at 10-and-under, and the Diamonds tied for fifth with the Lady Cougars at 16-and-under.

Troy Hammond, the Clovis youth softball boys director, said the local league was formed this year. He noted 204 boys signed up to play on 15 teams in three age divisions.

“I just want all the boys and girls to know we’re proud of them,” Hammond said. “The boys league has taken off. We didn’t know it was going to be so big.”

Hammond said by finishing in the top two, Rage II and the Schockers earned automatic berths to the USSSA Midwest Fall World Series from Sept. 1-3 in Millersburg, Ohio. He said Rage I will also make the trip as an at-large team.