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Superior Showcase Softball in town this weekend

Teams throughout the West Coast
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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USA Fastpitch and Superior Showcase Softball have partnered with Placer Valley Tourism to bring the USA Softball NAIA Summer Explosion to this area. Nearly 100 teams will be competing, with games being held at Rocklin’s Kathy Lund Park, Lincoln’s Foskett Regional Park and Roseville’s Maidu Park Friday through Sunday.

The team divisions are 10A, 12A, 14A, 16A and 18A, with teams coming from throughout the West Coast.  

Director of Superior Showcase Softball Dan Pearson said what sets this tournament apart from the other softball events is the showcase portion that brings 33 coaches from 29 different colleges out to actively recruit at the games.

"The NAIA Explosion is going to be unique; we have great out-of-state colleges attending and the list includes colleges from Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana and Alabama," said Pearson. “There will be several great colleges from both Southern and Northern California on hand as well.

Pearson said last year alone, more than 50 players were recruited from these showcases.

The tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. on Friday, with a camp at Foskett Park where the players will have three rotational games as well as the opportunity to go through a college style workout by NAIA coaches.  

Saturday will feature showcase game; Sunday are the tournament championship games.  

Maidu Park is located at 1550 Maidu Dr. in Roseville, Foskett Park is located at 1911 Finney Way in Lincoln and Kathy Lund Park is at 6101 W. Oaks Blvd. in Rocklin.  

 Placer Valley Tourism is made up of 23 hotels serving Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. The organization recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services. For more information call (916) 773-5400 or visit www.playplacer.com.