Softball Tournament Goes on. With Modifications, During Extreme Heat

Hundreds of high school girls are competing in a softball tournament at Fastpitch Nation Park in Windsor this weekend and the venue’s owner has a game plan in place for the triple-digit temperatures. 

Despite the potentially record-breaking heat, 55 teams from around the northeast are competing in the 8th Annual USSSA Summer College Showcase Tournament, which draws college recruiters. 

Owner David Rocha said he did not hesitate to bump up game times on Saturday. 

“Games were scheduled from 8 in the morning, ending at 7-o’clock at night, each night and the games were hour-and-a-half games, but we’ve had to modify the schedule,” he said. 

Father and coach Bobby Bulinski said it was the right decision. 

“I think it’s a great idea. I think, again like I said, it’s safety for the players. It’s safety for the umpires and everybody here’s to have fun.” 

Bulinski’s daughter, who is a catcher for Valley Fusion, said while the heat is far from ideal, it is all about playing it safe. 

“I have a lot of support behind the plate,” said Kylie Bulinski. “Gotta a lot of cool towels. Drink a lot of water and just take a lot of breaks.” 

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