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Softball team takes players beyond Little League experience

By Tom Robinson For The Dallas Post

February 15, 2014

Ambitious and talented youth softball players who wanted a bit more than their Little League competition picked up another option when the Dallas-based Edge 14-and-under softball team was created last year.


The Edge played in one tournament in 2013 and continued practicing together on weekends throughout the winter in preparation for the upcoming season.


“We wanted to take some of the girls who are more serious and want to play year-round,” said Keith Porasky, who helped organize the creation of the team and serves as head coach. “We had five or six girls in mind. They are on the team and then we opened it up to a tryout.”


The tryout allowed the team to be filled out around Dallas Little League participants.


Madison Porasky, Kendra Saba, Mia Dixon and Bailey Slacktish from Dallas, Gianna Spaciano from Shavertown and Olivia Johnson from Trucksville were joined by Abby Ritz from Tunkhannock, Alexa McHugh from Hughestown, Marli Hoskins from Moosic and Taylor Pawlush from Wilkes-Barre.


“We wanted to open it up to more girls, not just Back Mountain girls,” Porasky said.


The team meets and often practices in the Back Mountain, but uses the West Pittston Little League’s indoor facility for winter workouts.


The Edge roster included many 12-year-olds when it headed to Bucks County last year for its first tournament, playing on the 14-and-under level. The team went winless in its debut but Porasky said, “they played well. The competition was tough and the girls had fun.”


Porasky said plans call for 5-6 tournaments this season for the girls, who will continue to play for their various Little League teams. The first tournament will be in April with the last one late in the summer when the team returns to Bucks County.


“The girls are really committed,” Porasky said. “Our main focus for the team is: one, to have fun; and two, to advance the girls and get them ready for the high school level and beyond.”


Porasky is assisted in coaching by other parents, Bill Dixon and Mary Saba from Dallas and Dave Ritz from Tunkhannock.