Two softball sisters from Arab competed in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) All American Games (AAG) in Florida last week.
The AAG was an accumulation of girls from 20 tryouts throughout the country, in eight regions: Atlantic, Central, Far West, Northeast, Northwest, Midwest, Great Lakes and Southeast.
Each region was allowed to choose 26 athletes, with two teams per age group (9-and-under through 14-under). Thousands of athletes tried out across the country, bringing together some of the best softball players for one week of competition in Florida.
Arab’s Sam Robertson, who plays catcher and utility player, was selected for the Southeast American team, which won the silver bracket in the 9-under division. She attends Arab Elementary School and will be in the fifth grade.
She plays travel softball for High Intensity 2009, based out of Northport. This was her first time being selected for an All American event. She said her favorite part of the week was “hitting and catching with some of the best softball players she’s played with.”
Sam’s older sister, Kaitlynn, pitches and plays first base. She was selected for the Southeast National 11-under team.
Kaitlynn and her teammates won the overall 11-under championship, and she was selected by her coaches as the tournament MVP. In the championship game, she pitched a complete game, allowing only one run while striking out eight as her team beat the Northeast American team. 6-
Kaitlynn is in the seven grade at Arab Junior High. She plays travel ball on High Intensity 2007, also based out of Northport.
This was her third time being selected for an All American event. Kaitlynn said she enjoyed meeting new girls and making new friends from all over the country.
Both girls were thrilled with the opportunity to play softball in Space Coast Stadium, which is where the National Pro Fastpitch team, USSSA Pride, plays.