With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, the United States Women’s Olympic Softball team will head to Tuscaloosa later this month for two exhibition games that are sure to pique the interest of any softball or sports fan. 

USA Softball of Alabama State Commissioner Natalie Norman said they’re excited about having the doubleheader exhibition game, dubbed the “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” in Tuscaloosa, and she urged everyone to come out for the event.

To anyone who plays softball in this area, the name Jim Jayne is synonymous with the sport. Jayne has played or coached in local leagues for many decades.

Now, PARA is honoring Jayne in a very special way. On Thursday, Oct. 13, PARA will officially dedicate Jim Jayne Field in Sokol Park. The 10 a.m. event is free and open to the public.

Since its opening in 2000, John and Ann Rhoads Stadium, also known as the home of the tradition-rich University of Alabama softball team, has served as a true mecca for the continuously growing fast pitch game.

Alabama Softball will enter this week’s SEC Tournament in Starkville, Miss., as the No. 5 seed, opening play on Wednesday, May 11 against host team and 12th-seeded Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Here’s a shout out to all of you parents who will now be spending basically every waking moment that you aren’t working or sleeping at the ballpark, cheering on your kids as they compete.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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