Hillsboro, OR – You couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2018 Valley Invite as temps hovered under 70 degrees on a cool, cloudy June day in the Northwest as more than 400 players participated in College Camp Friday, Unsigned Senior Workout and an All-Academic Camp at the beautiful Gordon Faber Sports Complex in Hillsboro, OR.
Twelve different college camps were scheduled throughout the day representing DI, DII, DIII, JUCO and NAIA schools. During the three-hour workouts, players were put through an array of drills while receiving one-on-one instruction from coaches. Three of the camps featured NCAA DI softball tournament runner-up the University of Washington as assistant coach Lance Glasoe was on hand leading many of the drills.
The evening concluded with a free BBQ for all attendees and a College Coach Panel giving players and parents an inside look into the recruiting process. Four schools representing different levels answered questions from emcee Alyson Morgenstern during the one-hour session at the Hillsboro Stadium. The panel featured University of Washington (Lance Glasoe), McCook Community College (Joshua Barns), Black Hills State University (Lane Leedy) and University of Puget Sound (Kellyn Tate).
More than 200 teams have traveled to Oregon this weekend for the five-game guarantee tournament. In all, 11 states and Canada are represented in the event: Alaska (3), Canada (9), California (9), Colorado (8), Hawaii (9), Idaho (17), Montana (5), Nevada (6), Oregon (44), Utah (11) and Washington (85). An estimated 100 or more college coaches will be on hand recruiting in what is considered by most as the premier softball event of the summer in the Northwest. The event features 14u, 16u and 18u in Open, Division I, II and III. Tournament play begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. with pool play and concludes on Sunday with the championship in each division.
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Triple Crown Fastpitch is less than one month away from the annual Valley Invite in the beautiful state of Oregon. The excitement begins on Friday, June 15 with College Camp Friday and continues on to a Saturday and Sunday double elimination tournament.
College Camp Friday will take place at Hillsboro Stadium and it presents a “can’t miss” opportunity for athletes to learn from numerous Division I, Division II and community college schools such as Washington, Portland State and Blue Mountain CC. There are 12 3-hour camps, in addition to a High Academic Camp and an Unsigned Senior Camp.
The camps provide an invaluable experience and recruiting opportunity for 14u, 16u and 18u athletes. There are already more than 40 college coaches pre-registered to attend the event.
“Year after year the Valley Invite keeps drawing the top regional teams to compete against each other. Oregon is the perfect location for athletes interested in visiting Northwest colleges or teams just wanting to play some quality ball and get college camp exposure,” said event director Rachel Cavallaro.
In 2018, 192 teams will travel from to Oregon for the five-game guarantee tournament. The event will feature a 14u Open and 14u Division I, II and III so there is an opportunity for any skill level in the 14u age group to play. There is also 16u and 18u Open divisions.
The Maui Titans DeMarini fastpitch organization has found that the Valley Invite is well worth the 5 ½ hour flight from Hawaii to Oregon every summer. 2018 marks the third year in a row that they will attend.
“The kids really like the region, and the tournament is a great venue for them to see a lot of coaches in a short amount of time. It’s away from home, but not too far I guess,” said Titans 16u head coach Dennis Harmon. “It’s more of a business trip. We do a lot of camps and visits; there’s a lot of schools in that region right there close by. So we’ll go visit NW Christian, University of Oregon, Pacific University and just make the rounds all week long.”
The Valley Invite as a whole has a lot to offer; Cavallaro and the rest of the Triple Crown Fastpitch staff is happy to see it blossom.
“We’ve known Rachel for a long time from doing Colorado events and we’re happy she’s involved with this event because she’s someone we know and trust,” added Harmon.
By Bradey King