The United States Fastpitch Association returned to Tallahassee over the weekend for State Tournament play. This is the sixth year the USFA has hosted State in Leon County, and this time around, there was close to 60 teams in six different age divisions.
Those participating in the tournament qualified for the World series in Panama City Beach in July. The USFA has been around for over a decade, and tournament officials say girls softball has come a long way since that first tournament so long ago.
"We started out with maybe just ten teams," said tournament director Ron Campbell of the first USFA tournament. "Some of our tournaments now are anywhere up to 200 teams. It's grown so much it's just unbelievable."
He added that growth can be attributed to the Women's College World Series. This year's Championship Series was the most watched in the history of the sport.