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Local athlete selected for softball showcase

December 10, 2009
The Town Crier
Carly Ortz of Austintown Fitch High School has recently been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University, on Jan. 9 and 10, 2010. The QDSN, now in its 17th season, is the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the United States.

This event continues to attract athletes from 33 states and two Canadian provinces. Its sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds South, in its fourth season, is the second largest showcase in the nation. Both events have more than 2,000 applicants in which 264 are selected. This showcase is unique as athletes actually apply to this event individually and are selected based on many criteria ranging from ability, potential, academics, graduation year, coaches' requests and referrals.

Ortz is the starting varsity catcher for Fitch and plays for the Valley Extreme 18-U red in the summer. She was one of 24 catchers that applied. She has been playing softball since age six and would like to continue in college, preferably in Tennessee, she said. To date she has set a personal record of 63 mph throwdowns.

Ortz is the daughter of Larry and Connie Ortz and the granddaughter of Sam and Karen Stambaugh and Ginny Ortz.

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