Our first ever Tryout in Tampa, Florida went off without a hitch - except a little rain - and we were excited to see some of the kids in that area. First, we have to thank TJ Goelz and the Tampa Mustangs for all their help. We couldn't do what we do without the support of so many wonderful people in the softball world. Secondly, it is important to mention that this was Louie Berndt's and Chris Cochran's first Tryout. Louie and Chris are wonderful women who have long been associated with the college game. Louie coached at Ohio State, Florida State, and Monmouth. Chris coached at Iowa State and Bethune Cookman. OnDeck is very lucky to have such knowledgeable people and such quality softball coaches as part of the OnDeck Team. We are excited about our growth in the the Southeast, and we think the years ahead are going to great for both OnDeck and softball in this Region.
We had a number of notable performances down there. Ashley Blessin, Sarah Carlton, and Kaia Lopreste all showed a combination of high level skill set and raw, softball athleticism. And there were a number of others who will be moved on in the year ahead. Here are the players who are guaranteed a spot moving forward -
East Coast National Elite Camp/Colorado Jamboree 2016
2016 Colorado Jamboree
Mary Beth Feldman
Congratulations to these young ladies, and thank you to all who came. Remember this enitre recruiting thing is a process, and it takes care of itself over time. We hope all the young ladies will continue to work hard at their games and constantly seek to improve their over-all athleticism. Take care, and we hope our paths cross in the near future.