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Collecting pins and softball memories

Kidsday reporter Emma Priest from Wantagh with her

Kidsday reporter Emma Priest from Wantagh with her softball pin collection. Credit: Priest family

New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut. Nightmares, Hurricanes, Wildcats and here we are, the New York Bluefire and Bulldogs.

These are all girls’ travel softball teams, and I have collected pins from them. Girls come from all over the country to compete in national tournaments. I have been to Nationals twice. The first time I went was with the Ozone Howard Bulldogs. The second was when I played with the New York Bluefire. The tournament determines the best team in the Northeast.

I have big pins, small pins and moving pins. I have more than 20 pins in all. The best thing about my pins is that they all bring back good memories. The Nightmares pin reminds me of a day at the tournament that they beat us 14-0. A couple of days later, we beat them, the undefeated Nightmares. We became famous for our win.

Maybe I will have a chance to go back and trade more pins as I continue competing in softball tournaments.

Valentina Gatti and Bonnie Hersch’s sixth-grade class, Wantagh Middle School

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