Former Lady Spartans enjoy alumni softball game

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Thirty former Lady Spartans participated in their inaugural alumni softball game. Players from the 1975 team all the way to the 2012 squad were represented for the event.

Last Saturday, the East Ascension softball team hosted its inaugural alumni game. All former Lady Spartan softball players were invited to step back on the field and play the game that they still love. There were over 30 ladies who took the field to showcase their skills.

The day began with sharing a history of the program over the years and introducing the ladies who represented EA softball teams from 1975 through the most recent graduating class of 2012.

The alumnae who participated played a five-inning game before breaking to visit and reunite with former teammates and families. The group was so eager to play, they decided that a five-inning game wouldn't be enough, so the second game was a full seven innings.

For the 100 or so spectators who came to cheer on their daughters, moms and friends, the day was enjoyable. The afternoon was filled with more than base hits – as these alumnae played with the same heart and commitment as they did when they wore the uniform.

These ladies dove to catch fly balls, slid into bases and even doubled-up on playing positions so that no balls got past them.

It was a special moment to see these former Lady Spartans end the day together on the mound singing their alma mater.

The events continued for the Lady Spartan softball team on Sunday when they volunteered at an Outreach Program. They were partnered with Dunham's baseball team to teach kids in the community skills of the game.

The event took place at Alaska Park in Baton Rouge. There were 50 kids ranging from ages 6-13 that attended and participated. The softball players set up various stations where they were able to teach: pitching, throwing, hitting, bunting and base-running skills.

Additionally, the EA softball program donated gloves, softballs and cleats to the children who attended. Overall, the day was a success. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to teach children a little more about a game they love so much.