The Liberty Rec Softball League hit a grand slam when it sent teams in three age divisions to the Northern Indiana Babe Ruth State Tournaments last weekend.
The 10-and-under all-star team, 12U Liberty Hawks and 14U Liberty Legacy all captured state titles, with shiny new medals and trophies to show for it.
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” Liberty Rec Softball Vice President Bob Sisson said. “We have our own little ‘Triple Crown’ with the 10U, 12U and 14U divisions bringing back the state championship. It was a great weekend for Liberty Rec.”
Sisson hopes to continue the league’s success by bringing new girls into the program. With State Park folding its softball program earlier this year, Liberty Rec was left standing as the only softball organization serving the Duneland community.
“We’d like to continue in the direction that we’re going,” Sisson said. “It’s going to be hard because of the influx of travel ball and other sports going year-round, so numbers are on decline for rec leagues all over.”
Sisson has two daughters, Sydney and Marney, who participate in the program. He said Liberty Rec softball has given his daughters a positive activity to participate in.
“I’ve grown through playing Liberty Rec,” Marney Sisson said, “because my team this year started out with one win, but then we lost our second game by 13 runs. My dad told me, ‘This better be the worst game you play all year.’ And it was, because we came back and won the regular-season championship and the tournament.”
Liberty Rec President Greg Gurnsey said the “camaraderie among the girls is just as important as anything else” when it comes to softball.
“My favorite part of Liberty Rec is being able to play against my friends,” Kayla Tracy said. “There are many people I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t played softball.”
Liberty Rec offers a regular season in the spring, all-star teams and traveling teams. The Liberty Rec Softball league is available to girls aged 5 through 16 who attend Duneland schools or reside in the Duneland community. Registration will begin in late January or early February. Anyone interested in coaching or volunteering at Liberty Rec should contact Bob Sisson at (219) 926-9767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We want to give people the opportunity to become part of the Liberty Rec family,” Sisson said. “Obviously we couldn’t do this without the volunteer help of moms and dads and families.”