Janie Takeda-Reed was at Christopher Fields in Denver warming up for the Scrap Yard Fastpitch game. The former Oregon and current Team USA Outfielder shared her best memories about being in Colorado for the Sparkler/Fireworks Tournament.
They weren’t about what happened on the softball field!
Out of all the amazing softball players in the country, only a small group can be chosen for the the USA Junior Olympic and Olympic Teams. For those who have excelled all their lives in the sport, that can be a difficult reality. But for some, the dream of playing in the Olympics continues. Eliyah Flores and her parents decided to tryout for another team.
Eliyah Flores plays for the much heralded Firecrackers Rico Team. She tried out for the USA Junior Olympic team but unfortunately was not selected. Her parents then asked the Mexico Softball team if they would let her tryout for the that team.
Her father Jimmy Flores said Mexico’s coaches knew who she was and were willing to give her a chance. She was required to prove her Mexican ancestry. She was accepted and played for the team against the SoCal All-Stars at Irvine, CA.
Eliyah is excited to play for Team Mexico since its part of her heritage, allows her to play at the international level and hopefully give her the chance to play in the Olympic Games in the future.