Whether or not all the guys are aware, girls are running the world (just ask Carrie and Miranda!), and of the many women helping to lead this brigade of independence and inspiration are female athletes. Young girls are learning every day in that a passion for success can help them grasp their greatness, and among the growing women’s sports that are helping girls achieve their potential is women’s softball.

Continuing a tradition of excellence and paving the way for future generations, the 14th Annual STOP-DWI Tournament of Champions at BAGSAI is in full swing and will run through Monday the 14th, featuring 72 Class “A” and Golf 18-under fast pitch teams and 17 16-under teams from across the United States.

Being held here in Binghamton, the tournament has rapidly become one of the top college exposure tournaments in the country, acting as a literal field of dreams for both its participants and those of us who support it and open our hometown as its venue.

“We are very pleased to host a tournament of this caliber in our community,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “Our community welcomes the players, fans and coaches to Greater Binghamton and we appreciate their support of local businesses.”

More than just the little girls swinging bats that many often think of at the mention of softball, this past Thursday over 250 players participated in the Blue Chip Player Combine held at BAGSAI, athletes being tested on their skills in fielding and battling with twenty college coaches working with players to refine their skills and fuel their progress as female athletes.

Over one thousand female athletes will be competing this weekend in the Tournament of Champions, games being held at BAGSAI softball complex, Schnurbusch Park in Conklin, Veterans River Park and 5-Mile Point Park in Kirkwood and Jackson Park in the Town of Binghamton.

Come out and support the next generation of female athletes and even consider bringing a young girl who could use a little inspiration by checking out the full schedule of events. We can’t wait to hit the ballpark and hope to see you there!