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Tahoe Smoke serving as hosts for Fast Pitch in the Pines

Are you a fan of fast-pitch softball?

Then you should check out the Fast Pitch in the Pines tournament this weekend. The 12-team club tournament takes place Aug. 5-6 and features some of the best teams from around the state.

“This is going to be a really great tournament,” said Tahoe Smoke manager and tournament director Rich Barna.

The Tahoe Smoke is joined by the Placerville Magic, San Jose Waves, Sacramento Xplosion, San Mateo Blitz, California Sting, Sacramento Dynasty, Clovis Rockets, Marin Blue Angels, East Bay Quakes and the Castro Valley Young Guns.

The California Sting recently returned from the NSA East Coast World Series, where it was the best West Coast finisher. The Sting features two local players in Jill Barna and Heather Roderick. The other teams to look out for in the tournament are the national qualifying Young Guns and the Quakes.

The tournament format is pool play on Saturday and single-game elimination on Sunday.

Barna is confident that his team will fare well against some of the highly ranked squads.

“Our team will place because they’ve improved that much,” Barna said. “This is also the only real chance to have home-field advantage because we’re always playing at away tournaments and on the road.”

The games are scheduled for three locations throughout the city – Field of Dreams, Tahoe Valley Elementary and Bijou Community School.

The tournament is in its first year and will help raise funds for the South Tahoe High School team to travel to spring training in Florida.

“We went there (Florida) two years ago and could see a difference,” said Barna, who also coaches South Tahoe High’s varsity softball team. “But that’s expensive to do and this is a great way to raise that money to travel across the country.”

The Smoke will play at the Field of Dreams on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Games will be played from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all three fields.

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