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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