Central California Cruisers Softball: A local tradition revitalized.


Originally established in 1988 the Central California Cruisers had a 18-year run as being the only travel softball organization in the North County. The Cruisers had a very successful 18 years producing many college athletes, high school coaches and even an ASA Hall of Fame member. Now members are looking to resurrect the organization and the tradition of softball in the North County.

The Cruisers are currently looking for coaches for the 14U and 16U divisions and have named Andrew MacDonald head coach for the 12U Cruisers. Andrew ran the Paso Robles Girls Softball League as their president for three years and has coached many levels of athletics in the community over the past 15 years. He boasts a 45 win, 10 loss record with his 10U Bearcats, who finished No. 13 in the Western Nationals in Boise Idaho this past summer.

Helping oversee the organization will be Lindsay Hawley (Emmel). Hawley is a Cruiser Alumnus and a former member of a 2nd place National Finalist for the Cruisers. She went on to play as a pitcher at Atascadero High School and is still in the record books at Sonoma State. Lindsay will be helping with the overall structure of the Cruisers as well as working with pitchers, helping with college recruitment and assisting to resurrect the traditions of the Purple, Black & Teal.

“Cruisers Softball was a huge part of what started my love for the game,” Hawley said. “I have stayed in touch with so many of the past Cruiser athletes and coaches. All of the traveling created so many lifelong friendships and memories. Now it is time to give back and bring back something that was a true part of our community while growing up. There are so many talented women that came through the organization. Shawna Robinson went on to play infield for Cal State Fullerton and was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame. Kara Farrell played catcher for Mesa College and eventually was head varsity softball coach at Atascadero High School. The list goes on but the bottom line is we are back and ready to bring back what was once a local tradition.”

In addition to Hawley, several other local athletes and Cruiser alumnus have assisted in getting the program up off the ground. Any former Cruiser athletes or coaches are welcome to come see what the revitalization is all about and volunteer any time they have to help train the new crop of Cruiser athletes.

Currently, the 12U team is searching for 1-3 more athletes to complete its roster, specifically looking to add depth at the catcher and middle infielder positions.

Practices will begin Jan. 7 with the first tournament of the season taking place in February. The Cruisers will play in multiple sanctions and travel throughout California.

A fundraising BBQ has been scheduled for March 3 with a location to be announced. Tickets are $10 each with all profits going to help the athletes afford the cost of tournament entry fees.

If you are an alumnus, interested coach or intrigued parent/athlete or curious about sponsorship opportunities, e-mail [email protected] for more details.

You can follow all of the Cruiser Softball updates on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cencalcruisers/


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