YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Athletic Club held its annual Softball Skills Competition and Championship games at Downing Park on Saturday, June 8, bringing together young softball players and their families for a day of fun, unity and sportsmanship.
The day started off with the 8U softball teams participating in a Skills Competition, where players competed in different areas of fundamental softball skills such as hitting, throwing, and running. There were four teams competing—Green, Black, White, and Line—and medals were given to the first-, second- and third-place winners of each team, followed by pizza and ice cream.
After the skills competition, the 12U softball division played their championship game at 2 p.m., pitting the Green team, coached by Jimmy Salera, against the Black team, coached by Carl Piehler. The day finished on the last championship game of the season with the 10U Black team, coached by Nicole Fasce, playing the Green team coached by John Keaveney. Both games ended with pizza, ice cream, and the presentation of trophies to their players by their coaches.
Coaches said the girls displayed positive sportsmanship, prioritizing the joy of the game over winning. There were many instances, they said, where the opposing teams cheered each other for making spectacular plays.