Monday, August 24, 2015

Texas Travelers add Big Bat and Defense to Softball Team

Recently, the Texas Travelers finished 3rd in one of the most prestigious select softball tournaments in the country; the 2015 ASA/USA National Championships.  The softball team fought and clawed their way into becoming one of the top select softball teams in the country, but fell short of their goal to win the 81 year-old tournament.

The Texas Travelers, although strong, look to improve and continue to pursue competing against the most elite teams in the country.  Recently, the Travelers added one of North Texas strongest bats and great defensive players.  Rylie Rumfield joined the Texas Travelers and will see time at 3rd base, shortstop, 2nd base as well as the outfield.  She can also pitch if asked to do so.  In short, Riley is a complete ballplayer and will help shore up the Travelers potent lineup.

“When Rylie asked to play for the Travelers, she said she wanted to play wherever the team needs her.  This is a trait that is lost on many of today’s youth.  She has already proven she could play at certain positions on winning teams, but she is unassuming and wants to help the Travelers win at the highest level” states Head Coach of the Texas Traveler, Kyle Bennett.

Rylie Rumfield is a proven winner helping her former teams with the 03 Texas Elite and 04 Texas Shock.  She has been playing softball since the age of 3 and has become one of the top hitters in the country at the 10U level.  She has helped her teams win the 8U VTD World Series where she was the Defensive MVP, 9U USSSA World Series earning Most Valuable Player, and recently helped her team earn a 3rd Place finish in the PGF National Championships.  She was chosen as 10U USA Select Elite All-American Midwest Region Top Performer as well as the Elite All-American Midwest Region Team.

Rylie will eventually be playing for Joshua High School helping them earn a State Championship when the time comes.

The 04 Texas Travelers are a very competitive select softball team and part of a rich tradition of success.  Each team at each age group is hand selected.  The organization as a whole is small in nature, but has the success and great reputation as the larger organization giving its girls the highest advantage when it comes to their future having sent over 175 girls to play college softball.

The 04 Texas Travelers were chosen by ASA, which is the governing body of softball to represent Texas in the 2015 ASA/USA National Championship held in Normal, Illinois.  However, the winning record of the 04 Texas Travelers is not what defines the team.  This team was built from the ground up having taken girls out of recreational softball to be able to compete and win at the highest level.

The coaches, led by Coach Kyle Bennett prepare the girls to be strong independent young women.  They are getting their players ready to be able to start as a freshman on their high school varsity teams, and with the organizations connection and strong alumni support; the Texas Travelers girls will be able to attract the attention of some of the top softball programs in the country.  As a matter of fact, Jordan Strickland, Baylor Bears history making shortstop, is on the coaching staff of the 04 Texas Travelers.

The 04 Texas Travelers is also a fully funded team.  This is a plus in today’s select softball world where playing for teams require you to pay for their uniforms, coaches, team lessons on top of the travel expense to play at a high level.  The softball players that play for the Texas Travelers save thousands of dollars for their parents because of the support they receive from the continued donations.

In addition to being a fully funded team, the 04 Texas Travelers have a marketing program second to none.  DeliveryMaxx has donated its patent-pending services to help market the 04 Texas Travelers as well as each of their players which will help when the girls become old enough to start the recruiting process.

The 04 Texas Travelers are one of the top 10U teams in the country.  They will be a first year 12U team, but they have already found success playing in several 12U tournaments recently winning the 2015 Summer Swinging 12U Championship.  Even though they have some of the top rated players at their position, the players are always looking to add to the roster giving them a heighten level of competition even in their own club.  The players and coaches both agree that their performance at practice, off the field, and tournament play determines their time of play in competition.  The coaches look at each player as an individual and identifies how the player can best help the team reach its goals.

The 04 Texas Travelers will be completing their roster for the fall season as they prepare to become 2016 National Champions.  For more information about the 04 Texas Travelers visit the team on Facebook or contact Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702.

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