Muscatine Special Olympics Warriors Softball Team to Advance to State
by Margaret Hurlbert
July 19, 2019

Muscatine County has a third softball team going to a State Tournament this summer. As the Louisa-Muscatine and West Liberty girls prepare for their State Tournament this week, the Muscatine Warriors, one of the Muscatine Special Olympics softball teams, will prepare to play in their state tournament in Ankeny on August 3rd.

On Saturday, July 13th, three Muscatine Special Olympics softball teams, (the Muscatine Warriors, Muscatine Fearsome Warriors, and Muscatine Fighting Warriors) traveled to the Special Olympics East Area District Softball Tournament in Cedar Rapids. Made up of a combined thirty players, these teams certainly made a splash, racking up several impressive wins. Jason Miller, Muscatine Special Olympics Director recounted that the, “Muscatine Warriors finished with a blue ribbon (state qualifier), Muscatine Fearsome Warriors finished with second [place], and Muscatine Fighting Warriors finished with third.”

Over the course of the day, each team played two games, determining their ranking in the tournament. In the process of winning the top three spots in the tournament, Miller recalled that each Muscatine team had some pretty spectacular moments. “We were particularly impressed with the Fighting Warriors, as they were down and came back six runs to tie the game up. The Fearsome Warriors are a tough group of athletes that overcame some scrapes and bruises and played hard and went 1-1. The Muscatine Warriors team hit the ball really well and made some great fielding plays to win both games and qualify for state.”

Given their strong work ethic all season long, Miller finds it fitting that all three Muscatine Special Olympics softball teams did well and takes pride in their achievements. “I’m really impressed with our softball athletes. They have a great competitive nature and want to win. They work hard at practice and are eager to learn.”

As the Muscatine Warriors prepare to play at State, they, along with other Muscatine Special Olympics softball players, have a fun chance to continue honing their skills on Wednesday, July 24th. That evening at 6:30 pm, Muscatine Special Olympics athletes will face off against members of the Muscatine Fire and Police Departments to see who will claim bragging rights for this year. Always an enjoyable game, Miller encourages the community to come out and cheer on all the athletes competing at Kent Stein Park. “This is a fun scrimmage we do every year with these groups and [is] free and open to the public.”

Along with its three competitive teams, Muscatine Special Olympics has thirty-seven skilled softball athletes preparing for a competition of their own. On Saturday, July 21st at Kent Stein Park, Muscatine’s athletes hosted twenty-five Special Olympians from Iowa City for a morning filled with softball fun. As an added bonus, athletes who earned first place at this event get to attend the State Tournament in Ankeny as well.

In a summer full of softball success, Muscatine’s Special Olympics softball athletes have a lot to feel excited about. Their success will surely continue as they advance to State play.

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