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The San Mateo Slammers dominated the 13th annual Jan Macpherson Memorial Softball Tournament hosted by the San Carlos Youth Softball Association over Memorial Day weekend.
Slammers teams in four age divisions took home first place: the 14s B team, 12s B team, 10s B team, and 10s C team. The two Slammers 8s teams also played well! More than 900 athletes from 75 teams representing two-dozen communities around the Bay Area participated.
The San Mateo Slammers are All-Star travel teams made up of girls who recently finished regular season play through the San Mateo Youth Softball Association (SMYSA). Chanteloup Field, at Beresford Park, is home to SMYSA and will be the location of the 2012 Feely Classic Tournament from June 8-10.
The Feely is a class B tournament for softball teams in four different age groups from all over the Bay Area. Tournament fees cover the costs of hosting the tournament while snack bar profits go into the Feely Foundation Scholarship Fund. To date, the Foundation has awarded over 100,000 dollars in scholarship money to deserving senior high school girls who have played softball in the area.
The Foundation was started in honor of George Feely who passed away suddenly in 1989. George introduced men’s fastpitch to the San Mateo area in the 1970s. He was also instrumental in the girls’ youth organization in the 70's and 80's.
For more information on SMYSA or the Feely Tournament, visit smysa.clubspaces.com.