A league of their own

South Routt players working to establish local women's softball program

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Sisters Charlene Regan and Janet Rossi began playing softball when they were about 13 years old and never gave the game up. Now, 25 years later, the women are trying to start a softball team in Oak Creek to get other women as involved with the sport as they are.

"We really want to encourage more women to play ball," Rossi said.

The team the sisters play for, sponsored by Bonfiglio Drugs and Let's Dance, won first place July 20 in the Steamboat Springs women's softball league for the fourth year in a row.

"I remember it was a full moon, and we were losing, 7-0, in the fourth inning, but we ended up winning, 12-11, in the bottom of the seventh," Rossi said. "I was shocked we won. The girls we played were a good team."

The team has been undefeated for the past two years and lost only one game this year.

Regan and Rossi have played on the same team, along with seven other women from the South Routt area, since about 1998.

The team mixes moms, college students, teachers, a landscaper, a banker, a travel agent and a Realtor.

Rossi said softball is the perfect way to get away from daily life, have some good fun and get some exercise.

"We have all played together so long that is the best team you could ever ask for," Rossi said.

Now, Rossi and Regan are hoping more women from Oak Creek, Stagecoach, Toponas, Yampa and Phippsburg will pull out their mitts and come play some softball.

Regan thought it would be a good idea to get some teams put together in South Routt so that the women wouldn't have to drive to Steamboat once a week and could play locally.

Meetings for the new team began Monday, and Regan said that only nine women showed up, even though she thought there was a lot more interest.

"I would like to see at least 25 women play the rest of August and then come back in May," Regan said.

Although it is late in the season to start a team or a league, Regan is hoping that the next few Mondays, when the women meet, will spur some interest. Then, the women should be more inclined to sign up and play softball in May.

"Put your money where your mouth is and come and play," Rossi said.

Regan said there is no skill level necessary and that all that potential players need is a mitt; the team has other equipment.

Rossi speculated that it's hard for women to play because of their daily schedules. She hopes women who are interested will commit to having a few hours of fun a night and play a great game.

Regan said that she hopes Monday's meeting will draw even more women, and if it does, that she will be willing to take on the daunting task of trying to organize a functioning woman's team in the spring.

If you would like to play and are older than 16, meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Oak Creek fields.

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