Youngstown State University slugger Sarah Ingalls trades in her cleats and helmet for a clipboard and stopwatch.
Ingalls, who wrapped up a successful collegiate softball carrier for the Penguins in the spring of 2014, has announced that she will be volunteering to coach a Valley Extreme 12U travel team.
Warren-based Valley Extreme practices and hosts tournaments at Candlelight Knolls fields located at 2619 Bazetta Road N.E. Ingalls will be evaluating prospective 12U athletes at tryouts from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Aug. 16 at Candlelight. She will then begin to experience the sport from an entirely new perspective.
According to Ingalls, ''I'm so thankful for the opportunity that the Valley Extreme organization has given me. This is a chance to give back to the community and young girls that love softball as much as I do...I'm anxious to get back out on the field, and our Aug. 9 tryouts cannot come soon enough.''
On July 26, Sarah notified the crowd of 9- and 10-year-old girls attending the state championship dinner in Boardman of her Valley Extreme affiliation. She was the keynote speaker at the event, which hosted the fastpitch softball teams competing in the state of Ohio tournament.
Team manager Joe Angelo of Canfield recognized Ingalls expertise, saying, ''I've had the pleasure of seeing Sarah work with young girls and then witness the results. She is a tremendous asset to the organization, and especially our athletes. I look forward to an exciting season.''
Valley Extreme Girls Fastpitch Softball Inc. is a non-profit entity helping young females participate in organized, competitive, travel softball. Visit the company website at www.valleyextreme.com for general information, tryout request, and sponsorship opportunities.