Lawrence Phenix player Jalyn Brecheisen smashes a ball into the practice net Thursday night at Deerfield Elementary. Right is her coach, Kristina Young.
Phenix Rusk pitcher Karen Spence shows off the optic yellow ball used in American Fastpitch Association softball. The bright-colored ball is easy to see and used for safety reasons.
Karen Spence of the 18-and-under Lawrence Phenix Rusk fastpitch softball team warms up during a practice at Broken Arrow Park on Wednesday. Spence, a rising sophomore pitcher at Highland Community College, throws around 60 mph.
Lawrence Magic player Mickayla Goger, 13, positions herself under a pop fly during practice Thursday night at Holcom Park. The Magic will be playing in the American Fastpitch Softball National Championships this week in Lawrence.
Lawrence Phenix player Sydney Ramler takes a swing during batting practice Thursday night at Deerfield School. About 4,000 participants and fans will come to Lawrence this week for the American Fastpitch Softball Association's National Championship Tournament, which kicks off Monday.