Coming off a successful spring season for the Douglas High School softball team, Corry Diaz and Allison Meyer have continued their momentum into the summer and recently turned in solid performances for their respective travel teams at the recent Triple Crown Sports Sparkler tournament and showcase in Denver, Colo.
The two young middle infielders — Diaz started as a freshman shortstop and Meyer as a sophomore at second base for Douglas — were selected to play in all-star games held as part of the tournament’s showcase to provide young players an opportunity to play in front of college coaches.
Diaz hit .450 (9-for-20) with a home run for Nevada Stealth 18U team during the week-long tournament June 30-July 6. She was also selected to play third base in the 18U All-Star All-America game.
Diaz was nominated for her spot in the all-star game before the tournament. After the all-star game was played, she was selected for the All-America contest by the two college coaches she played for, according to Stealth coach Andrea Martensen.
“That is quite an honor,” Martensen said of Diaz. “For them to select Corry after just seeing her play one time, she must have done something to impress them.”
Meyer, who played for the U18 Nevada Lightning 98 team, was selected to play in the All-Academic Game that served as a showcase for players who excel in softball and academics. A 4.0 grade average was required to participate.
“It was a very good experience,” Meyer said. “It was exciting because coaches from a lot of Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, NYU and MIT were there to watch us.”
In June, the Lightning also played in the Valley Invitational College Exposure Tournament in Beaverton, Ore.
During the regular tournament play in Denver, the left-hand swinging Diaz felt her highlight was a 2-for-2 performance on July 3 against Southern California opponent Orange County Elite in which she slugged a leadoff home run to give the Stealth a lead in the last inning (the game ended in a tie).
“It was a good hit, the longest ball I’ve ever hit,” Diaz said of the home run, a drive she said cleared the 225-foot fence as well as a golf cart fence on the other side.
Another young Douglas player, pitcher Kaitlyn Bowman, was selected for the all-star game. Bowman played for the Douglas varsity in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
This spring, Meyer came on strong late in the season for the Douglas Tigers to finish with a .375 batting average. She hit 16-for-34 (.471) over the final nine games, and on April 15, went 4-for-5 with 7 RBI in a game against Damonte Ranch. Diaz hit a team-high .444 with 52 hits and three home runs.