A team of softball players from Greenville has come home from a tournament in Little Rock with a giant and prestigious trophy.
The Pro Bowlers, coached by Blake Palasini, captured the title at the 42nd Busch Softball Classic. The team, which is made up of many former local high school baseball stars, beat out 38 other teams to win the Men’s E Division title.
“This was a huge victory for us,” said Palasini, who also plays third base. “We are all very competitive, and we all love the sport. We love that we get to keep competing at something we love.”
The victory was a family victory, of sorts, for Palasini. While the coach plays third base, brother Hunter is the pitcher and brother Chase plays centerfield.
“It is great to be teammates with my brothers. Having something that I can share with them is really special,” he said.
The Pro Bowlers have been traveling to tournaments since 2018. Most of the players on the team also played baseball in college. Six of the players on the team played high school baseball atWashington School.
One of the reasons why the team is so successful, said Palasini, is that they get to play such great competition competing in the Greenville Parks and Recreation league.
“The league we play in at Wards is a tough league. It is tough competition, and it is tough to win.”