Mainland softball teams playing at Waimea, Kekaha

Members of the Eastlake Storm from Ohio discover that shade makes all the difference as they prepare to take on Wailau in the 18-Under Division of the 2003 Garden Island Classic that opened on Thursday at both the Waimea Canyon Park and the Kekaha Ball Park.

Twenty-three teams from as far away as Virginia converged on the two county parks to take part in the annual softball tournament that allows Kaua‘i teams an opportunity to play against off-island squads who usually combine vacation time with softball competition.

The tournament format consists of pool play which will end Friday morning, and an elimination phase which will see champions of four divisions emerge on Saturday.

Age groups involved in the tournament include the 12-Under which has a total of five teams on the field, the 14-Under which has four Kaua‘i teams tangling in the seven-team arena, the 16-Under bracket which has Kaua‘i’s Island Rebels taking on six other squads, and the 18-Under division featuring Kaua‘i’s Na Wahine going up against three teams, including a team from Virginia, the Ruckus Elite who shut down two teams on the opening day. The Eastlake Storm, despite dropping their opening day matches to the Ruckus looked ahead to their upcoming games.

Arriving here on Tuesday, the team is scheduled to stay until next Wednesday, housed at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort.

Team members include Randi Webb, Jackie Maglosky, Danielle Sulecki, Amy Webb, Halle Dougger, Nichole Igarashi, Ashley Dougger, and Jennifer Maglosky.

The Garden Island Classic is coordinated by Albert Soto and his ohana.

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