by Marlys Kruger
Tamara Huffman, a fastpitch softball player who just completed her freshman season with the Elk Mound Mounders, was one of just 15 girls from a six state region to be selected to play for the 14 and Under United States Select Softball Association Boombah All Americans Central Region team this summer. The USSSA is a national program that promotes fastpitch softball for girls starting at age 5 and going to age 18 and allows them to showcase their skills in a competitive setting.
After a two day tryout in Des Moines, IA, Huffman was one of three players from Wisconsin to make the elite team. The team traveled to Orlando, FL during the week of July 18-25 to play a series of five games against other regional teams. Although Huffman has done some pitching in the Mounders youth program and for the Colfax summer high school team this year, she was listed as an infielder and outfielder and a switch hitter for the USSSA team and saw time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield. Her team won two games, lost two games and tied one.
“It was just a great experience to play with and against girls at such a high level,” she said. “The pitchers threw 60-65 miles an hour so making contact was difficult but I managed to get some hits. I think it really helped my game and I am glad I had the chance to play in Florida, even though it was really hot,” she added.