Special Olympics North America (SONA) softball tournament

Princetone New Jersey Aug 22nd -26th, 2013

Congratulations LaSalle Softball

After arriving around 5 pm on Thursday, Aug 22 and with a little confusion regarding the rooms, we made it to the dining room with plenty of time to spare. Luckily we were at the table with some of the medical staff and were able to present our challenges to them and let them mull the metric/standard measurements etc. over and then ask questions, if they had any, the next day.

Before bed, we had a team meeting in the coach’s room as Bruce and Paul had a mini-conference room.

The first day’s competition saw us win both games in seeding rounds against Chicago and Monroe MI and then the first game in the round robin against Chicago. After dinner, there were games of foosball, air hockey, football toss, a photo booth and a band to dance to, good times.

The second day saw us loose the first game of the day against New Jersey and then have a 3 1/2 hour wait for the second game….not good for us. Then we came out flat in the second game against Domincan Republic. After showering and changing we were taken to see the Trenton Thunder AA Baseball game (feeder team for the NY Yankees) Lots of fun and games during the game and we were provided with dinner at the ball diamond.

Sunday saw us going for a medal and what a barn burner it was. We were shaky at the start with only 3 runs and then went down 12 runs…time to pull up our socks. With half the needed runs in our pocket and 2 out we dropped the hammer and managed to squeeze out all 12 runs to tie the game when time was called. Going into the tie breaker we were stoked but lost it by 1 run to Chicago. What a wonderful effort and performance by the team and the coaching staff was VERY proud of them all. There was an announcer at our game and he told us that ours was the most exciting game of the tournament and that we did a great job.

They had lunch for us and then the team decided to go for a short trip to the Jersey shore. All in all a successful trip and a good learning experience on the field.

Coach Janet