‘Foxy Maidens’ gain tournament action
A Grand County girls softball team is gaining more tournament action now that it has become associated with two club sanctions, the Amateur Softball Association and the United States Specialty Sports Association.Reinventing the team to compete in club tournament play has allowed the 16-person team of girls ages 8 to 12 years to have more opportunities to compete against opponents throughout the region, according to Head Coach Cindy Derby of Granby. In the two previous years, the team competed in girls Little League Softball; last year, the team’s competition was limited to Summit County. “If they’re interested in playing in high school, we wanted to prepare them for that and get them more exposure than playing just one team,” Derby said. On July 18 and 19, the newly renamed “Grand County Foxy Maidens” (named after a fox that frequents Kaibab Ballpark in Granby where the team practices) competed in its first fast-pitch club tournament in Arvada against Cherry Creek and Aurora.With this first exposure to club competition, the Foxy team entered the tournament somewhat intimidated, according to Derby. Team members had learned that other teams have been playing and practicing in established club play for much longer. “The first game they froze,” Derby said. Momentum improved when they were reminded that everyone on the field was within the same age range.”Instead of them losing their spirit, it drove them,” Derby continued. “It sparked their desire to say, ‘hey, we can do this too,’ and they became competitive. By the end of the tournament, they were all smiles. They have a lot of heart.”Four members of the Grand County club team had “never ever touched softballs before this year,” Derby said.The Foxy Maidens – whose pre-game chant mimics the Jimi Hendrix song “Foxy Lady” – lost the tournament, but are now preparing for their next bout in Cheyenne, Wyo. on July 3.Making a break from the Little League was a significant undertaking, Derby said, with the need for new uniforms and equipment. The traveling club team is made possible through fundraising efforts and sponsors, the key among them Granby-based businesses Big Valley Construction, the Trash Company, J&L Excavating, Power World, Power to the People and the Grand Lake-area business Grand Lake Plumbing. “Grandma Lur,” or Lurline Underbrink Curran (Grand County manager) who has three granddaughters on the team, also fell into the “large donor” program, and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District donated uniform pants, Derby said. Joining Derby in coaching is her husband Jeff Derby, with their 12-year-old daughter Kenley playing catcher and secondary short stop on the Foxy team. Both Cindy and Jeff were once college athletes who competed in softball/baseball on scholarship. Also assisting in coaching are Rod Weimer and Brenden Bridge.”And we have amazing and supportive parents,” the coach said.- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail email@example.com.
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