Rifle’s Fazzi chosen to play in all-state softball game
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
WESTMINSTER, Colorado ” Playing with and against some of the best softball players in Colorado, Tori Fazzi simply wants to hold her own at Sunday’s Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports all-state softball game.
“I just want to play the best I can,” she said. “Hopefully, I don’t miss any balls on first and maybe get a hit or two.”
Fazzi, a senior at Rifle High School, has been selected to play in the 4A all-state affair at Christopher Fields in Westminster. The first baseman will be the only Bear on hand and one of only two Western Slope League players suiting up for 4A tilt. Delta’s Brittany Conger is the other.
In helping the Bears to a 16-6 overall record this season, Fazzi hit .306 and led her team with 17 walks in crafting a .530 on-base percentage.
Fazzi learned of the selection on Monday.
“Coach called me into the office and told me about it,” she said. “I was really surprised. I didn’t think it’d be me this year.”
The all-state game is the capper to a storied high school career for Fazzi, who took part in the softball program in some form in each of her four years at Rifle. The Bears won the 4A Western Slope League title each of those years.
Fazzi played and earned a varsity letter in each of the last three seasons. She was named All-4A Western Slope League first team in 2008.
As a freshman, shoulder surgery kept Fazzi off the playing field but not out of the dugout. She served as the Bears’ varsity manager.
In Westminster, Fazzi will play for the 4A red team, which will coached by Wheat Ridge’s Marty and Bruce Stricklett and consists primarily of Front Range players.
Fazzi’s squad will take on the white team, for which Pueblo South’s Rick Reyes and Pueblo County’s Lee Poteet will serve as the coaches.
The three all-state games, one for each classification from 3A to 5A, start at 2 p.m.
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