EATON — A new association dedicated solely to the development of fastpitch softball has been formed in Eaton.
After years of being part of Eaton’s Little League program, softball now has a home of its own in the form of the Eaton Girls Softball Association — and 116 girls are benefiting.
“We had been talking about it for about three years,” EGSA board member David Ditmer said. “It’s just the lack of teams to play through Little League and just the extended travel time. It made more sense to split off and go local.”
As a member of the Little League, softball teams were only permitted to play teams which were members of Little League, which included Englewood and Northridge. There are no other Little League softball teams in the area.
Teams in the EGSA now play games against area communities Camden, West Alexandria, Valley View, and New Lebanon, according to Ditmer.
The decision made to form a new softball league was easy.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Ditmer said. “We get away from the Little League and their chattering rules and specifications that they do. You can’t play anybody outside of District 8. You play Northridge and Englewood and that’s it. Basically, it was a lack of teams.”
Ditmer said Eaton teams can now play “who we want, when we want and where we want.”
Ditmer said the program has nine teams this year ranging from 8-and-under (machine pitch) to 14U. There are two 14U team, a 12U team, three 10U and three 8U teams.
“We’re just trying to make it a little more consistent,” he said of the machine pitch division. “Rather than the coach pitch. Some coaches have a…
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