Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Texas Travelers start the 2016 Softball Season Playing Elite Teams
A couple of years ago, nobody gave the 04 Texas Travelers any thought when it comes to facing them on the field. Today is a much different story as the Travelers are one of the top 04 Select Softball Teams in the country. As a matter of fact, they will be testing their skills against some of the top 03 select teams this weekend in Houston, Texas at the Gene Campbell Sports Complex.
Starting out, the 1st Annual Start Spring With A BANG Tourney (a PGF sanction tournament) was an invitation only tournament. The goal was to allow some of the most talked about teams in the country to face the elite softball competition around Texas preparing them for a long battle into becoming the National Champion for 2016. The Texas Travelers were one of the first teams contacted to play.
This tournament will feature the best teams in the State of Texas.
In addition to the 04 Texas Travelers; Hotshots North (03 & 04), Texas Legends (03), GT Shockers (03), Hotshots South (04), Impact Gold (03), DirectTV Genies (03,04), Texas Bomb Squad (03), Hotshots Cryer (04), Sudden Impact (03), Texas Stealth (04), Impact Gold Barajas (03) will be playing in this early season warmup. All of the teams are very strong with the Texas Travelers being the only North Texas Team making the trip down south to compete with the best of Texas.
Each of the teams compete at the highest level of select softball. Last year the Hotshots teams finished first and second in the 10U PGF Nationals held in California while the 04 Texas Travelers finished 3rd in the ASA/USA National Championships held in Normal, Illinois.
This weekend, the Texas Travelers will find themselves in a Pool with the Hotshots North, Texas Legends, and GT Shockers and play a warmup game against the Texas Stealth. Pool Play will determine Sunday’s bracket seeding with the championship game being played at 4 PM. It will take a lot of perfect execution by the Travelers to make the championship game, but the girls are excited to show their talents on the field.
The Texas Travelers will look a lot different from last year’s squad that made a strong run in the National Championship Tournament. In addition to Pitching Ace Elizabeth Schaefer, Hitting Phenom, Kaydee Bennett, and Speedsters Kelsie Adams and Zariah London; the Travelers have added Rylie Rumfield, Kenleigh Aguirre, Kennedy Chastant, Kailee Bautista, Emily Jonte, Kaycee Bock, Madison McClarity and Alyssa Stansbury. These girls are very strong defensively and can hit too.
Although the Travelers have only played one scrimmage together, the team has quickly become a strong unit with great parents, a strong fan base and the hardest working softball players around the diamond. These girls will be fun to watch as each girl is one of the top players at their position in the country.
For more information about the Texas Travelers follow them on Facebook or contact Head Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702.