The Pegasus softball team did what few Utah softball teams have been able to do they won a national tournament.
The 18-and-under team, which includes players from Vernal to Clearfield to Tooele and Spanish Fork, won the ASA Western National Championship in Seattle on Aug. 3. The team started with pool play and finished with an 8-1 win over the Washington Hurricanes.
"There are very few teams who get to end their season with a win," said Pegasus coach Mary Kay Amicone.
Amicone is also the head coach at Salt Lake Community College and began coaching the Pegasus team after the NJCAA passed a rule that said college coaches could not coach their own players on summer or club teams. Pegasus was started by Bryan Gray, Keith Cannon, and Scott Yearsley, but only Gray is still involved in the team's administration. Amicone said she and Gray had discussed her coaching the team for a while, and after the rule change, decided the time was right.
"I took over in May and it's been a blast," she said. Amicone said she's never had a team that is as geographically diverse as this Pegasus squad.
"It's not just very convenient," she said. "But they've been really dedicated. We played in a league at SLCC and had games every week all summer. They drove from Vernal, Clearfield, Spanish Fork, all over."
The team also has an interesting mix of ages with players like Madisen Robb, who had just finished her sophomore year at Uintah High, suiting up with pitcher Brittany Parker, who just finished her freshman year at the University of Utah. The rules allowed any player who didn't turn 19 until January 1, 2009 to play on the team.
"As with any team, there are a mixture of ages and maturity," Amicone said. "One of the great things about the summer is that they were able to pick each others brains. They were super competitive and also talked about what playing in college was like, what were classes like, what was the travel like, but they maintained a mutual respect for everyone on the team from the sophomore at Vernal to the freshman in college."
For five of the players it was their last season of summer softball, but Amicone is already planning next year's team.
"I really enjoy coaching those players," she said. "They keep it fun for me."
The team members are: Jessica Anderson, Lehi High School. She attended SUU, but did not play softball for them. She plays left field and she has been offered to play for College of Southern Idaho (CSI). She is majoring in nursing.
Rightfielder Kylee Bufton will be a Senior at Spanish Fork High School. She has not signed with a college.
Katelyn Elliott will be a Senior at Spanish Fork High School. She plays shortstop and is considering playing college softball for BYU, Salt Lake City Community College, and Utah State.
Tina Ferguson will also be a Senior at Spanish Fork High School. Ferguson plays third and catcher and has given a verbal commitment to Utah State University.
Mel Meyer graduated in 2007 from Clearfield High School. The first baseman played for CSI last year, and is looking to attend York College next year.
Brooke Olson graduated in 2007 from Riverton High School. The catcher played for Salt Lake City Community College last year, and will play for the University of Utah this year.
Brittany Parker graduated in 2007 from Murray High School. The pitcher plays softball for the University of Utah.
Madisen Robb will be a Junior at Uinta High School. She plays second base and outfield and has not signed with a college.
Matison Snow will be a Junior at Tooele High School. She plays pitcher and second base and has not committed to a college.
Shasta Tyteca graduated in 2007 from Viewmont High School. She plays catcher and outfield for Utah State University.
Shelbi Tyteca will be a Senior at Viewmont High School. She plays pitcher and first base. She has not signed with a college, but given a verbal commitment to join her sister at USU.
Aly Tingey graduated in 2008 from Spanish Fork High School. She plays center field and hasn't signed with a college.