Travel softball gears up

Sidewinders, Lady Krush ready for busy summer

KINGMAN - The Kingman Sidewinders and Lady Krush softball teams are getting ready for a grueling stretch of tournaments starting with this coming weekend's Beat the Heat tournament in Prescott.

The Sidewinders will send its 12, 14, 16 and 18-under teams while Krush will send its 18U and 14U teams.

After Prescott, the Sidewinders have the next five weekends booked full of tournaments and Lady Krush has four, including the ASA State Tournament July 8-10 in Payson, a qualifier tournament for nationals which will be held in Prescott the first part of August.

"They are excited about the summer and so are we as coaches," Krush 18U coach Greg Book said.

While the Lady Krush has yet to play in a tournament, the Sidewinders' 18U team placed second in a tournament in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.

Despite the lack of tournaments, both teams still have found ways to pass the time by scheduling scrimmages with other travel teams.

"They are getting quite of bit of work," Sidewinders 16U Dave Vance said. "The more games we play and the younger they start, the better off we will be. We're practicing two or three times a week and we've had some scrimmages with Havasu's travel teams."

The start up of Lady Krush softball hasn't taken away from the Sidewinders' player numbers with each team averaging anywhere from 12 to 15 players.

"It's about the same if not a little more, especially in our 12s," Vance said. "The 12s have about 15 players, but the kids are really enjoying it."

Despite this being Lady Krush's first year, they've been able to get enough players to field a 10U, 14U and an 18U team.

"That's the reason why we opened this up because we knew there was a need," Book said. "There's a lot of kids in this town, and we want to make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for everybody. There are a lot of kids that want to play softball. It's starting to become really popular."