The 2016 Dot Richardson’s National Collegiate Softball Invitational (a Division I college softball tournament hosted by local non-profit PFX Athletics) kicked off on Friday, February 12 at 11:00am at Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont, Florida. A twelve-game series between six universities from around the United States, the DRNCSI gave Central Florida fans just what they LOVE on Valentine’s weekend: college fastpitch softball of the best kind!
With special offers to Clermont and other Lake County residents and Central Florida girls softball players of all ages who showed up in uniform to cheer on their favorite teams, the 2016 DRNCSI was a big hit with almost all of the games held on the beautiful Legends Way Ballfields stadium.
“The Dot Richardson’s NCSI is one of my favorite events in Central Florida each year. Last year, we hosted the first ever Gold-on-Gold game when Dr. Dot Richardson’s Liberty Flames took on Danielle Henderson’s River Hawks. This year, I was honored to host my alma mater as the Stetson Hatters came to Legends Way for a reunion of the best softball kind, so for me, it was very personal this time around,” said Alison (Parker) Strange, President of PFX Athletics.
In addition to Liberty and Stetson, PFX hosted long-time DRNCSI participant University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. “Chattanooga has attended the DRNCSI every year and has been vital to the growth of the event. We look forward to a long-term relationship with the Mocs as well as a few new teams that have joined us in recent years,” said Bob Borak, Vice President of PFX Athletics.
This year, PFX Athletics hosted the University of Akron and Morgan State for the first time and we hope to see both teams returning in future years. “Whether the teams return year-after-year is dependent upon a number of factors: budget, previous commitments, weather, RPI, and so much more. We usually do not have the same group every year, and we like it that way. Variety is good for everyone: the teams, the fans, and us as well,” Borak explained.
A part of the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, Legends Way Ballfields hosts over 350 colleges and universities each year through its Spring events which include the DRNCSI, THE Spring Games, the Sun Conference Championship, and other related events.
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Morgan State University
Bethune Cookman University
University of Akron