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Couple seek players for 23U fastpitch

After they coached local select girls fastpitch softball players, including their daughters, for 11 summers, you’d think Duane and LaVonne Schreiber would be ready for a break.

Their youngest daughter, Cassie, who pitched and played first base for East Valley, had completed her high school career. “With her not playing in school anymore, I thought we were done,” Duane Schreiber said. “I’m a glutton for punishment.”

The Schreibers have discovered that the Amateur Softball Association has a 23U age division, complete with national tournament. There are teams in Everett, Yakima, Seattle and Canada, Duane Schreiber said, to offer a potential summer of competition.

Their oldest daughter, Kayla, who pitched EV to state in 2001, wanted to give it another go, and it was an opportunity for the sisters to play together.

The result? The Schreibers are hoping to put together a team for play in 2006.

“A lot of kids in that age bracket, like Kayla, are playing slowpitch and not having any fun, so we’re going to give it a try,” Duane Schreiber said.

The Schreibers are asking that women interested in playing fastpitch again contact them at 926-3003.

If interest is high enough, they may consider creating a local league, Duane Schreiber said.

They have gymnasium time available during the winter for conditioning, and it will entail travel next summer.

Even if there weren’t the opportunity to coach a 23U team, Duane Schreiber said he’d probably remain involved in some manner, since his daughters are thinking about coaching a 10U team in the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Association, where he has been a board member.

But the itch to continue coaching remains, particularly at the older age level, so a respite will have to wait.

“I think I’d go through withdrawal,” Duane Schreiber said.

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