Charleston tourism organizing annual adult softball league

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

Registration is almost over for the adult slow pitch softball league through the Charleston parks and recreation department.

The league is open to anyone age 18 or older who is part of a team or wants to create one themselves.

Diane Ratliff, tourism and special events coordinator, said there will be 10 games during the fall season.

Ratliff said games will be Sunday afternoons from 1-8 p.m. depending on how many teams sign up.
The softball teams are co-recreational and can be made up of anyone over 18 years old.

Ratliff said teams must have a minimum of 12 people on the roster to be eligible.

Kaylie Pruett, the recreation supervisor, said she has been playing with the league since she was 16 years old as a sub.

Pruett said this past fall was the first year she was not a sub for her team.

“My favorite part is just being able to play the sport I love,” Pruett said. “I played softball at Eastern for four years and I like being able to still play.”

Pruett said the team she plays on travels to other towns and plays in other tournaments, but she still plans on participating in the Charleston league.

The softball league is more popular with Charleston residents and employees but is open to anyone in the city, Pruett said.

“I’m sure if (Eastern students) did know about it they would want to participate,” Pruett said.

Pruett said there are usually six to 10 teams that sign up for the fall league.

Ratliff said at the end of the season there will be a single elimination tournament for the teams to participate in.

The teams will participate in the tournament and when they lose the first game they are out, Ratliff said.

“The winners will get a trophy and recognition,” Ratliff said.

Ratliff said the league has been part of the tourism and recreation department for at least 20 years.

“It has been going on since I have worked here, and I have been here 15 years,” Ratliff said.

Pruett said the registration closes next week and anyone interested can call or go into the tourism office.

The fall leagues are expected to start when registration closes after Labor Day.

The website for the tourism department has more information about how to register for the league.

The website also gives a phone number for people to call and get more information if they are interested.


Mackenzie Freund can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]