A Legion of Their Own

On a steamy Monday evening in early July Rowan County softball squared off against Cabarrus County in a game that is way more significant than first meets the eye.

American Legion baseball has been around for nearly a century, but a legion softball league was a pipe dream until this summer.

 “Talking to girls in the past,  they always would have liked to have had a place to play outside of travel ball, something to do for their local area, “ said former Morganton Patton coach, and President & founder of Legion Lady Fastpitch Mike Patton.

He took the idea for an American Legion fast pitch softball league to the North Carolina American Legion. They gave him the go ahead for a trial run with the league not yet sponsored by the American Legion but the individual teams could be sponsored by local legion posts. All 11 teams quickly found a sponsor.

 “This particular approach, to our knowledge has never been done, we are the first,” said Hasson. 

The Legion Lady Fastpich softball league consists of 5 teams in central North Carolina and 6 out west.  They play games Tuesday to Thursday so they don’t interfere with travel ball.

With the first season almost in the books and anticipation it will only get bigger from here, the boys of summer will have to make room for the girls who have trail blazed a “legion of their own.”

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