Triple Crown pitchers bring on the heat |

Triple Crown pitchers bring on the heat

The fourth annual Triple Crown Fastpitch Softball Tournament set a record for participation this year, with 350 teams overall competing in the three-week long event. This week featured the 10-U and 12-U teams, with new events added to regular tournament play. An all-star game featuring the best players in each age division began Thursday for 10-year-olds and will continue for each group. Players receive points from coaches, umpires and fans, who may turn in ballots found in The Park Record to any Triple Crown official at games to vote. This year’s event also features a skills contest, showcasing the talent of some of the country’s best youth softball players. The pitching contest for 10-year-olds concluded Thursday night at Quinn’s Junction, declaring Brinna Macha of the Arizona Thunderhawks, picture, the winner. The bullet-armed Macha’s best throw was 59 miles-per-hour, not too far off the professional fastpitch average of about 75 miles-per-hour. The pitching contest for 12-year-olds was scheduled to take place Friday at 6 p.m.