Another local fastpitch softball season opens Monday, with several highlights on the schedule:
- Miller Toyota and Page Brake, national contenders and local rivals, headline the six-team Cottonwood Travel League. They'll be joined by Class A teams Carpetowne, Larry Miller Chevrolet, the LMS Sultans and Bud Bailey Const. "It should be a really balanced league," says local softball official Ken Hackmeister.- Two men's Pioneer Days tournaments are scheduled. The first will be June 16-18, a 12-team Class A event featuring the New Zealand national 19-and-under team and a Canadian team. The big event will be July 14-16 for 12 major teams, including the defending ISC World Champions, Penn Corp of Sioux City, Iowa. Other perennial national and world powers such as Clearwater, Fla.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Aurora, Ill.; will join Miller and Page in a field that Hackmeister says is "as competitive a tournament as there's going to be in the country this summer."
- An appearance in the ASA Hall of Fame boys tournament in Oklahoma City in July by K.L. Sports, a local 18-and-under team.
- More fastpitch competition than ever in the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City in June. Tournaments will be held in two men's classes, two girls' classes and one women's class.
- Further development of softball programs by Star Orullian, the new ASA commissioner for Utah.