Softball season draws to a close

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“Playing for Altoona has impacted my life from making lots of new friends to learning so many new things that I know I will definitely use in my softball career,” eighth grade player Kendra Houp said.

The Altoona Area Junior High School’s girls’ softball team has a current record of three wins and seven losses.  Girls in seventh and eighth grade play for the junior high team, and girls in ninth grade may play for the high school team. The softball season runs from February to May, with three or four practices each week as well as open gyms.

There is at least one game a week; home games are played at Logan Elementary School and the team also travels to away games. The seventh and eighth grade team is coached by Stevie Delozier and Meghan Hall.

Get to know each other. Students from State College and Altoona converse before the game. Altoona girls’ softball is divided into two teams- A and B.

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Throw it! A seventh grade softball player pitches the ball to an opponent from State College. In softball, pitchers can pitch either slow or fast.

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Get ready! A seventh grader from Altoona prepares to get a State College player out on first base. Bases are approximately sixty feet apart from each other.

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Batter up! An eighth grade softball player from Altoona swings to hit the ball and prepares to run to first base. Softball is closely related to baseball, but softball is played with a larger ball on a smaller playing field.

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Places! Seventh and eighth grade softball team members get in position in order to try and get players from the opposing team out. The game of softball was invented by George Hancock in 1887.

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