From the age of 8 to 18, Ascension Parish softball players dominate the state. They excel both on and off the field and bring a great a deal of pride to our parish.

Dear Editor,

Our Softball players in Ascension Parish are desperately in need of a New Softball Complex. When the current softball park, Butch Gore was built there was absolutely no way of knowing that the future would bring such a large influx of families coming into the parish nor the explosion of passion for the game of girl's/women's softball.

Some have said, and I believe it, that there is now a larger audience for WCWS over the CWS for baseball.

Currently the park is utilized by the parish for Rec-Ball. Also, High School Teams as well as Tournament Teams, host tournaments at this park. The Tournament Teams bring in an average of 35 teams on a tournament week-end. These teams come mainly from Louisiana and Mississippi, but other states have been represented.

They travel because they want to play. Unfortunately, up to date softball parks are hard to come by.

From the age of 8 to 18, Ascension Parish softball players dominate the state. They excel both on and off the field and bring a great a deal of pride to our parish. Once we build our New Softball Complex, we can send even more talented players to the SEC and other universities around the state.

The tournaments at Butch Gore bring in revenue to hotels, restaurants and retail making a New Softball Complex an investment rather than expenditure.

I have researched this matter and have asked hundreds of questions to coaches, fans, players, family members, public officials and to the guys that get so wrapped up in a 14U softball game you would think it was an LSU-Alabama football game.

I met with public officials and may others who are on the same page when it comes to funding this complex. We use the term "Signs on the Fence." Since the beginning of baseball, parks have displayed signs from sponsors, advertising their products or promoting their businesses. That even applies to our high schools today.

I strongly believe allowing businesses or individuals to sponsor this complex is the only way to go forward.

Pardon the pun but, we need to step up to the plate and get this New Softball Complex built, and we need to start the conversation now.

Sincerely,

Karen Long

St. Amant