The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 132
SOFTBALL |THE OBSESSION
Top: Zatonya Chase
plays on a team with her
Above: Brandon Jackson
has his family with him at
Above right: Dustin and
Caitlin Campbell are a
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my ankle once and the doc said I'd never play again. I
was back playing the next year." It was in his blood.
Amber Smith and Kelly Waskewicz met at the Chance
Crawford Softball Tournament and have been a couple
ever since. They are engaged and Amber already calls
Kelly "my wife." They share a small child who finds his
own community at tournaments and seems to enjoy having two moms. Kelly played fast-pitch softball in college
and Amber has been a player for quite a while. Amber
finds the togetherness is healthy for the young family.
"There are a lot of girls traveling with their guys,
watching, and they are miserable," she says. "It's good
if both of you play." Teams are often thrown together
from a big player pool at the last minute for tournaments, opening up the opportunity to meet a lot of new
people, says Amber.
Shaun Scott, 34, and Kayla Dean, 30, didn't meet
playing softball, but the sport figured into the immediate strength of their relationship. She had been a solid
travel fast-pitch player in high school and he had played
baseball almost since he could walk.
"I always had a passion for baseball," says Scott, "but
as I aged, my body couldn't handle it." Dean talked
Scott into joining her on a co-ed team, in addition to