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Local softball players advance to top travel tournament nationwide

A host of local softball players helped their summer travel teams qualify for the top tournament in the country.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A host of local softball players helped their summer travel teams qualify for the top tournament in the country. 

Huntington Beach, California is the site for this year’s Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals. The tournament proves to be a gateway for college recruitment. Over 600 college coaches attend the 15 day event yearly. 

The tournament includes 64 teams per age group who each qualified on an invite-only basis. The age groups include 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.  

Purdue commits K.C. Clapper (18U age group) of Frontier and Harrison’s Kiley Goff (16U age group) will compete in the tournament. They’ll be joined by Lindsey Long (14U age group) and Abbott Badgely (16U age group) of Harrison. 

Goff and Long each took different journeys this summer on the road to Southern California.

“I was hyped. I got so excited I was like man we worked hard his fall we worked hard this summer for it, we knew that this was one of the biggest tournaments and we want to win it” said Goff. “Getting to play against the top, best athletes out there, people going to the SEC, ACC, Big Ten.”

“It’s going to be tough but I’m really looking forward to playing the top teams, and just being able to battle,” said Long. 

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