2017 Border Madness Softball Tournament – 68 Teams – PAAC

Whewww! Is what I did when the last pitch was thrown in this year’s Border Madness (BM) Tournament.   This was my first BM since I purchased Yuma Fastpitch over a year ago.  Lots of nerves and what if’s, however once the tournament started; it was Game Time! It was all about the teams and families who came out to compete in this well known tournament.

We drew in 68 teams for this years’ event.  We were so grateful that teams came out to support our event and community.  Hotels were packed and families spent quality time after the games. I got to see first hand the So Cal vs Arizona rivalry.  It’s still going strong! No Doubt about that! Out of five divisions, we had 3 that had So Cal vs Arizona teams in the finals.  It was a great weekend of softball!!

We also Memorialized Yuma’s own Naomie Higgins #99.  Naomie had participated in past BM tournaments.  We held the special moment on Sunday, at 10:00am on Field #1.  Naomie’s dad, Eddie Higgins accepted the lifetime Yuma Fastpitch “Most Valuable Prospect” acrylic award.  To say the least, this was one of the hardest things I had to do on or off the softball field. I want to thank Eddie Higgins and Family for allowing us to Memorialize his daughter at our event.  Naomie’s life and legacy will live forever. RIP #99

Another first, our BM event was held at the newly built Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex (6 fields). Hats off to the city of Yuma for building this elite complex!

I would like to Thank all those who assisted in making this event bigger than it has ever been.  We had a few bumps, however it was one for the ages! Let’s move forward into 2018 and let’s get ready to rumble once again at Border Madness!!

– jj

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