Greenville Girls Softball Association celebrates 50th Anniversary opening day ceremony. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GGSA holds 50th Opening Day

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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Girls Softball Association (GGSA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Sunday afternoon opening day ceremony.

GGSA President, Eric Fellers welcomed a large crowd to the day’s events followed with Marty McCabe of Fellowship of Christian Athletes opening with prayer.

Greenville American Legion Post 140 presented the Colors while Greenville freshman and current member of the Wavaires, Addy Gathard sand the National Anthem.

“Without you, the player, parent, coach, officer, and supporter, this organization would not be as strong today as it is,” said Fellers. “The Stebbins Field Complex and Lady Wave Stadium is a great example of what a community can do when the goals become very clear and the people with those goals come tighter to make those goals become reality.”

“It has taken 50 years  and many thousands of people selling fundraisers, running the concession stand, coaching bases, and dedicating many thankless hours of their time behind the scenes to give the young ladies of Greenville and beyond a positive softball experience,” added Fellers.

Fellers introduced veteran Lady Wave Softball coach, Jerrod Newland for some comments.

“Just a great day for GGSA,” Newland said. “It’s awesome how far it’s came in 50 years – to see all these people out here celebrating the kids and the future of this place.”

“It’s been here 50 years and I challenge what the next 50 brings because how awesome it’s been,” continued Coach Newland. “Most people out here, especially the kids don’t know that 20 years ago they were down on Ohio Street and that is just how far GGSA has come. I just look at every five years more and more gets added out here and the Board of Directors, the Trustees, the people out here – look at the great families and groups.”

GGSA 2022 Officers: President, Eric Fellers; Vice President, Matt Shoffstall; Secretary/Concessions, Tiffany Shaffer; Treasurer, Lindsey Beatty; Tournament Director, Jason Christman; Fast Pitch Coordinator, Shawn Shaffer; Concessions Manager, Rachel Shoffstall; Minor League Coordinator, Megan Shaneyfelt; Munchkin League Coordinator, Tasha Williams; T-Ball Coordinator, Brandy Yundt; Equipment Manager, David Yundt; Grounds Keeper, Kaden Shoffstall; Lawn Mowing, Paul Rethlake.

GGSA 2022 Board of Trustees: Tom Cromwell, Josh Fletcher, Ryan Brubaker, Jean Branson, Chris Norris, Cindy Rose and Terry Hartnagle.

Fellers took time to thank the many that continue to support GGSA.

Terry and Becky Hartnagle, JCS Property Solutions, Mote & Associates, Fellers Classic Auto, Dairy King, Greenville Car Wash, Wolf Tent and Awning, Myers Excavating, Spencer Landscaping, Hupman’s Lawn Care, Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care, Purelawn Organic Lawn Care, Crowell Lawn Service, Burn Dog Poker Run, Foster’s Tree Service, Wintrow Signs, Tiffany Shaffer, Ansonia Liumber, Hupman’s Lawn Care & Snow Removal, Classic Comfort Heating & Supplies, The Lady Bug Garden Club, John Hess, Terry Saylor, American Legion Post 140, Paul Rethlake, Mike Holer, Ryan Gathard, Gaylen Blosser, Kaden Shoffstall, City of Greenville and the Community Grant Fund and Richard Brown.

“GGSA gives a sense of community involvement and I love seeing the older people in town how they enjoy the game, not so much who is playing because it’s our kids playing,” Coach Newland stated. “That is what it has come to around here and that is what makes you proud because the people paved the way well building good a foundation and base for years – it’s just a breath of fresh air.”

GGSA President, Eric Fellers welcomes all to the organization's 50th Anniversary opening day celebration. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Girls Softball Association 2022 opening day games. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Veteran Lady Wave Softball coach, Jerrod Newland speaks at 2022 opening day ceremony. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
GGSA 2022 opening day softball games. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
GGSA 5oth Opening Day ceremony. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser / Editor

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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