Junior League softball starts up again at WRALL

awoolen@macon.comMarch 20, 2013 

Girls ages 13 to 14 years old again have a place at Warner Robins American Little League.

This year, the Junior League, which was last played in 2010, was reborn for that age group with three teams -- the Diamond Rings, Georgia Girls and Lady Dawgs.

Due to renewed interest this year, the board at WRALL brought the league back, said president Joey Stella. The league is the highest age group for girls to participate in.

Managing this year is former All-Star baseball coach Jason Ring, whose daughter Autumn Ring plays for the Diamond Rings.

Jason Ring wasn’t expecting to coach this year, but his daughter wanted to play at WRALL.

“She told me I was going to,” he said with a laugh.

Although both daughter Autumn and son Chandler Ring play on travel ball teams, the family considers WRALL to be a second home.

Autumn came up with the team name, which was voted on by the other members of the team.

Coaching softball is a lot different than baseball.

“There is a lot more pressure” in baseball, Jason Ring said.

When he asked his players where they played, he said they all answered “anywhere you want us.”

On baseball teams, a player almost always said a particular position.

“It seems they are more coachable,” he said of his junior league team.

The league is geared toward making the players well-rounded before they go into high school.

Ring’s philosophy is to help the girls become proficient at multiple positions, both infield and outfield, as that is valued more at the high school level.

There is talk of having an All-Star team for the junior leagues, both in softball and baseball, but for now, Jason Ring is focusing on the regular season.

One thing he knows from experience as an All-Star manager is that the 17-game season will go by in a flash.

“It’s a good time,” he said.

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