Coast Union’s talented softball pitcher Ellie Magnuson — named MVP of the Coast Valley League and of the Lady Broncos team in 2015 — made an impressive showing at a national all-star tournament in Westminster, Colo., on Monday, June 29.
Magnuson, entering her senior year at Coast in the fall, played first base and pitched two shutout innings, striking out three in an all-star game to open the tournament.
At the plate she went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. She was also hit by a pitch, so she reached base in all four of her at-bats. Her all-star team won, 20-4.
The Sparkler All-Star Showcase, sponsored by Triple Crown Sports, is by invitation only. It is a weeklong series of fast-pitch softball games offering the top high school players from across America a chance to show their talents to more than 300 college and university coaches. Among them are 12 from California including UCLA and San Jose State.
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The coaches are on hand to recruit players; they also provide instruction, they interact with players during warm-ups, they “conduct exit talks” and scholarships are offered, according to the Triple Crown website.
Magnuson’s teammates Monday included players from Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona and California.
“It was a great day for Ellie, and she made some great connections with girls from all over America,” her mother, Kate Magnuson, said via text message.
Magnuson’s SLO Nitro team, coached by Michelle Daugherty, is one of 200 teams in the tourney and includes players from Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Atascadero, Lompoc, Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande.
The event runs through July 5.