All-star team aims to land scholarships

Shortstop Amber Hansen of the Ridge Meadows Pride ‘95 catches the ball for an out during a bantam A game against the Surrey Thunder at Albion Sports Complex on Sunday. Fastpitch players born between 1994 and 1996 are being invited to the Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association’s elite fall ball team

Shortstop Amber Hansen of the Ridge Meadows Pride ‘95 catches the ball for an out during a bantam A game against the Surrey Thunder at Albion Sports Complex on Sunday. Fastpitch players born between 1994 and 1996 are being invited to the Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association’s elite fall ball team

The Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association is hoping to land lucrative NCAA athletic scholarships for its players through a new U-18 travelling all-star team the club is forming.

Head coach Tom Bowen says the “fall ball” team will be competing primarily in high-profile collegiate recruiting tournaments in the United States.

“The goal of the team is give exposure to players who are potentially interested in athletic scholarships to U.S. colleges and to provide information and guidance to players and parents about the athletics scholarship process,” he said. “This is not a regular or league team, it is solely created with the goal of pursuing scholarship opportunities.”

The team will be called the U-18 Synergy Gold, and Bowen said the team will not interfere with a player’s commitment to her regular team, and is open to all players across all districts.

“The team will be dismantled after the last tournament and each girl will be expected to return to her regular team,” he said.

The team is recruiting rep fastpitch players born in between 1994 and 1996 to take part. The team will travel team to participate in a number of U.S. fastpitch recruiting showcases, such as the Northwest Recruiting Combine and Exposure Tournament in Kent, Washington, and the Ronald MacDonald Showcase, in Houston, Texas.

Try-out dates for the team take place in late August at the Albion Sports Complex.

• For try-out times, or more information, contact Bowen at synergygold2011@gmail.com