The Bakersfield Amateur Softball Association, affectionately known as B.A.S.A., recently chose players for its Bakersfield Blast All-Star program. This year, the all-star program consists of three teams who will spend the summer representing the city of Bakersfield at more than 20 tournaments.
Players, coaches, family and friends will pack up their gloves, bats, ponytail holders and sunscreen each weekend as they travel throughout California in an effort to gain the teamwork and experience necessary to qualify for a bid to the National Softball Association Championship Tournament. A good showing at the coveted Metro tournament will seal the deal for a national's bid. The Bakersfield Blast has qualified for the nationals tournament several times, with a first place win in 2002 for coach Bill Senecal and his 14 and under team.
"We're going all the way this summer," said Amber Sarti, member of the 2004 14 and under team.
All-star players are chosen from league season applicants. B.A.S.A. manages a regular league season with nearly 800 local girls ranging in ages 5 to 15. Regular season play runs from February to May. B.A.S.A. also manages an abbreviated softball program in the fall, with games played September to November. The league is operated at the North Rosedale Park on Jewetta Avenue. Look for sign-up details for the fall season in future editions of The Northwest Voice.
Follow the Bakersfield Blast's three teams throughout the summer at t http://www.northwestvoice.com. "We'll post photos, standings and more," said Brad Hummel, 12 and under team assistant coach. Currently online you'll find photos from the all-star tryout session. Go to www. northwestvoice.com, click on Youth Sports, then click on BASA. Perhaps you know someone in our photo album!
10 & under Bakersfield Blast
Coaches: Mike Sweet and Kent Roberts
Players: Lori Hauser, Danielle Hockett, Kelsi Luttrell, Brenna Moss, Leah Munden, Brittney Roberts, Krista Rymer, Megan Sweet, Brenna Vasquez, Kassidi Ward, Maddy Wilen, Keri Zaninovich.
12 & under Bakersfield Blast
Coaches: Jeff Joseph, Brad Hummel and Dave Krugh
Players: Kaila Williams, Taylor Ward, Kayla Gardner, Brandi Church, Megan McCormick, Riannon Cieley, Karly Hummel, Ashley Roberts, McKenize Joseph, Ashley Krugh, Angie Murray, Nikki McKinney.
14 & under Bakersfield Blast
Coaches: Steve Blackwood, Scott Sarti and John Grace
Players: Laura Fox, Joni Lagerstrom, Megan Grace, Katy Ermigarat, Sami Lindsey, Conine Newton, Katie Blackwood, Ellen Krause, Lia Robson, Sam Robison, Amber Sarti, Paige Stubblefield, Jennifer Whitty.