by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—The Wasco Diamonds Girls Fastpitch Softball club is well on its way to having its new practice and training home in Elburn. The Elburn Planning Commission approved the club’s application to use 707 Herra Street, Unit G, as a training facility.
The center would provide a full indoor astroturf infield and three enclosed batting cages for the 100 girls who play softball.
The Diamonds attracts girls ages 8 to 18 from as far west as Oregon, as far north as Waconda, Ill., but most centrally from Burlington, St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia.
“We have a very dynamic group of girls,” Diamonds’ Board Secretary Pam Waslowski said. “We have some girls who can pitch over 60 miles an hour.”
The proof that this kind of training pays off is seen in the 14 girls currently playing for colleges such as University of Illinois, Northwestern, University of Wisconsin and DePaul. Twelve more girls have collegiate commitments for either 2010 or 2011.
The facility will be used primarily after school from 4 to 6 p.m. in two-hour intervals of 12 to 15 girls each. The teams have nine teams divided by age group and 15 coaches.
Besides practicing their sport, the girls also reach out to the community with different fundraisers during the year.
“They have given over 15,000 pounds of food to the Elburn Food Pantry over the years,” Waslowski said. “We focus on community service, the character of the girls and the quality of their play.”
The next step is final approval by the Village Board at its meeting on Dec 20. The Diamonds plan to start construction right away and be up and running by Jan 8.
For more information, visit www.wascodiamonds.com.