Dancing away another All-Star afternoon

Despite the extreme heat, these young ladies were in the dancing mood as part of the festivities at last Sunday’s SHYL Softball All-Star Games.
Despite the extreme heat, these young ladies were in the dancing mood as part of the festivities at last Sunday’s SHYL Softball All-Star Games.

Youth softball girls get their chance at the spotlight –

Just as their baseball counterparts had done the day before, the participants in the Southern Hills Youth League All-Star games on Sunday afternoon were faced with another day of extremely hot and humid weather, but of course, that didn’t slow them down a bit.  From dancing across the diamond to Home Run Derbies to exciting softball action, the day was another success, perhaps most of all for the concession people, who saw a constant line of fans scooping up those waters and Gatorades to keep themselves and their athletes hydrated.

Anna McElwee of Peebles crushed six balls over the outfield fence to claim the title of Class “B” Home Run Derby Champion at Sunday afternoon’s SHYL festivities.
Anna McElwee of Peebles crushed six balls over the outfield fence to claim the title of Class “B” Home Run Derby Champion at Sunday afternoon’s SHYL festivities.

As the day before, all of the diamonds at the West Union Recreation Park were put to good use as SHYL softball players from Sub-D all the way up to “B” League showed off their talents to a large contingent of parents, grandparents, family members, and fans.

The softball players in “C’ and “B” ball had their own Home Run Derbies, though moved just a bit closer to the fence, which encouraged nearly every player in attendance to take their hacks.  With C103’s Brad Rolfe again on hand to provide the commentary, the Derbies were again a hit and when Rolfe switched the sound system to dance music, the girls obliged, breaking out their best moves on the diamond.
The SHYL Softball league is composed of teams from Adams, Brown, and Highland counties, all of whom had representatives on hand Sunday afternoon.  Players on Sunday came from West Union, Peebles, Manchester, North Adams, Ripley, Whiteoak, Lynchburg, and Eastern.
The games themselves saw players from the same team playing on different teams and coaches coaching against perhaps their own players, which added to the uniqueness of the day.
Each athlete on hand was presented with an All-Star medal to help commemorate their special day.