When Trevor LaHaye accepted a job last month as the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Coordinator, he said one of his goals was to return the town to its softball glory of yesteryear when the Rim Country was a hot spot for the sport.
He’s living up to his promise.
Only last week, he huddled with ASA softball officials and came away with an agreement to next summer host two girls’ fast-pitch tournaments.
The biggest of the softball frays, both of which will be played at Rumsey Park, is a three-day girls’ B division state championship, which LaHaye anticipates will draw from 35 to 50 teams from around the state.
“Myself, (PR&T Director) Cameron Davis and ASA officials were all in agreement that Payson, with our great weather and top-of-the-line facilities, will be a perfect host,” said LaHaye.
The other girls’ tournament will be an invitational to be held in June. LaHaye expects it will draw from 12 to 20 teams.
In addition to those two tournaments, LaHaye is finalizing plans for two or possibly three adult slow pitch tournaments, both men’s and women’s, to be held in 2011.
“These have yet to be set in stone, but I am in contact with ASA officials to have Payson added to their yearly calendar of tournaments before their winter meeting is held next month,” LaHaye said.
The new athletic coordinator is confident the tournaments will be a smashing success, “I believe that all who come to compete and watch softball will be blown away and the demand for softball here will once again be high.”
Any new tournaments LaHaye is able to add to the local sports and recreation scene will supplement the Mike Barr Memorial Coed Tournament that was founded and played just a month ago. It will be held annually.