Finesse Realizes Organic Growth With Open Training Programs

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

After college, Donny Dreher had traveled around playing modified fastpitch to engage his competitive spirit and stay active. Little did he know that when he retired to save the wear and tear on his body, that years later he would find his way back around to the game of softball and the Finesse Fastpitch organization.

At the request from a friend to come evaluate a player, he visited a local high school to check out the player. This is where he met Tommie Walker and Denny Schlimgen on this day in 1992.

“I got hooked on it,” said Dreher. “I liked what they were doing.”

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Tigers For Life! Ohana Tigers Quarles Set Goals Beyond Softball

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When Shawn Quarles, and his brother Joey, were getting into the travel softball world with their daughters, they learned quickly that it was a lot different from their experience in recreational softball.  

As the needs grew with the players and their development, they moved forward around 2007 to start a small softball organization called the Cerritos Franchise.  

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Alexa Rosales Leads By Example With All-Out Work And All-American Potential

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

As a top recruit in the class of 2023, Alexa (Lex) Rosales has earned the respect of those in the Athletics Mercado softball organization from her hard work ethic. In the fall, she was moved to the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team to continue to work on her development.

“I would put Lex’s work ethic up against any player in the nation,” said Brian Tidd, coach for the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team. “Lex has played at the highest level throughout her career with our Academy and is a true leader that has set the highest standard of how we play this game.”

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Tulsa Elite Inspires Trust from Members and Alumni

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by Ryan Greenwood

When he started the Tulsa Elite softball organization back in the fall of 2007 with only one 18U team, little did Jeff Filali realize that he would have over 300 college commits and alumni in just 10 years.

“It was just one 18U team the first two seasons,” said Filali.

The organization still calls Tulsa, Oklahoma the home base, but now also has teams in Arkansas and Kansas. 

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Elevate One Blessed to Play

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When J.J. Jimenez was watching the PGF Championship on TV with his daughter and the rest of the family, he told her one day you will play in that championship game.  Even though she was still young in her softball career, the idea he wanted to instill was to dream big.

“I was her hitting coach. I was her fielding coach,” said Jimenez. “I would do all her skill videos.”

Even though they were just above the Mexican border, but below the softball hotspot in the Orange County and San Diego area, they were starting to put teams together with those girls from the area that were interested in improving their softball skills.

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Addie Mettler Preps for Competition She Hasn’t Seen Yet

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

From the time she was young, Addison (Addie) Mettler has been around softball fields. All that time spent around the game helped her acquire a lot of working softball knowledge. That awareness combined with her motivational drive has made her into one of the top 2023 prospects.

“She thinks the game through incredibly well and she learns quickly from her mistakes,” said her dad and former head coach, Greg Mettler.

“The thought that someone out there in the world is working just as hard as me to get that same spot at a great college really motivates me to get better, because it instills competition in me,” stated Addie Mettler. “I know that is my spot and no one is going to take that from me, because I’m going to work ten times harder on the field and in the classroom to get it.”

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Kayden Henry uses IQ and Skill to Paint the Future

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When Head Coach Scott Smith was considering moving Kayden Henry on to the Texas Bombers Gold 18U team of older players, he knew she had all the tools to flourish.

“She can do everything. That is rare to have all five tools. She has them all,” said Smith.

Being on a team loaded with talented 2021 and 2022 players headed to Power 5 schools, you would think she would get lost.  She is the only 2023 player on this team.

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Vision and Perseverance Yield Results For Georgia Impact

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When Will Tomasello founded the Georgia Impact softball organization back in 2002, it was not about the results. It was about the process.  It was about a culture.  

“It wasn’t that anybody was doing anything bad, I just wanted to do it my way,” said Tomasello. When Georgia Impact – Lewis defeated the OC Batbusters – Stith in the PGF 18U National Championship game in 2018, that was in part, a result of the process and the culture instilled by the organization

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Ava Brown Powers Her Way To Triumph

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

Ava Brown had worked hard to become one of the top overall 2023 recruits, ranking No. 6 overall among Class of 2023 prospects for Fastpitch Network, and was looking forward to the summer season to continue to improve her game.  

“It has always been my dream to not only play college softball, but to also represent my country,” said Brown.

The exposure at summer tournaments and showcases are what all the young softball players work for in hopes of getting seen by the college coaches who attend the events.  

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Oklahoma Athletics Sharpen Focus on the National Stage

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By Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

With only two teams, it was an innocent start in 2010 into the travel softball world. Brian Madden and his dad, Mike, created the Oklahoma Athletics.  It has continued to grow into an up-and-coming softball organization that will have to be reckoned with.

“We didn’t ever think it was going to get as big as it is now,” said Brian Madden. “We have went from two teams to about ten teams and now, we have 37.”

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