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