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Holiday Fast Pitch Softball League begins tomorrow

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The Holiday Fast Pitch Softball League which is sponsored by the American Samoa Government (ASG), Department of Parks and Recreation, American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) and the American Samoa Softball Association (ASSA) will be having their opening ceremony for the league tomorrow morning at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field starting at 8:30 a.m., with the first game beginning at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a men’s division and women’s division. In the men’s division the teams will be Leone Angels, American Samoa Baseball Association, Marist St. Joseph, Alanoa and Spartans. The women’s will consist of Alanoa, NVTHS, Marist St. Joseph, Leone Angels and the American Samoa Baseball Association.

The last ASG softball tournament concluded last Friday Dec. 9, which was the 2011 ASG Softball Slow Pitch Co-ed tournament that had the team of Department of Public Safety/Emergency Medical Services (DPS/EMS) take the championship title with a win over the Department of Human Resources (DHR) team by a score of 19-9.

House Representative and president of the American Samoa Softball Association Larry Sanitoa told Samoa News that he would like to invite the public out tomorrow morning for the opening and for the games.

“This will be the first time since 2008 that we had have held a fast pitch league. The purpose is for our young players to gain experience from our veterans and national players. Also to prepare them, especially our young ladies in high school who might have an opportunity to get a scholarship to play softball in college,” said Sanitoa. “Fast pitch softball will also be a sport in the next Pacific Games in PNG and we want to start preparing our players now for the games.”

“American Samoa took silver medals in both the men’s and women’s in the South Pacific Games held in 2007 in Samoa. Softball was not a part of the recent game in New Caledonia. It should be an exciting league and many of our young playersare ready to play,” he said.



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