Around the Clock Record

Weekend softball game aims for Guiness World Record

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    Softball

    On a dirt field at the foot of Interstate 8, in a town of about 15,000, a group of young girls is making sports history.

    "So, we might get close to 800 or 900 runs," said organizer James Gripshover, "Nobody knows."

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    From 6 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Sunday, more than 130 girls from the Alpine Girls Softball Association will be playing around the clock.  If they're successful, the non-stop, 38-hour game will break the world record for longest youth softball game and they'll get their names in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    The girls will rotate by age group from the under 6 teams to teenagers.  So, they will get a chance to go home and get some sleep.  The older girls are taking on the late night/early morning duty.

    "I'm not tired at all, and I'm ready to play softball at 3 a.m.," said Tori O'reilly.

    Sharing the record is only part of it.  They're also sharing with the community.  The money raised through the event will be donated to Rady Children's hospital, and some of it used to improve that dirt field they're playing on.  The players have been fund raising for three months.

    "Alpine Girls Softball is about teaching life lessons through athletics," said Gripshover. "And this year's lesson is helping others."
    His own daughter is one of the ones who pulled the overnight shift, but doesn't really mind.  Rather, she seems to understand it's about more than the record.

    "I think it's really cool because it's going to help us out, but it's also going to help out Rady Children's Hospital," says Olivia Gripshover.

    The entire game is being streamed live on line at worldrecordsoftball.com.  The group is also encouraging the public to help donate.  The goal is to raise $80,000, and as of the start of the game, they were not halfway there.

    When asked if they realize records are meant to be broken, James Gripshover said he welcomes another team to break their record next year.  That way, he said, they can come back and do this again in two years.

    The temperature in Alpine early Saturday morning dropped into the 40's.  The dugouts have heaters, the parents have coffee, and the kids will have something even better.

    "A lifetime experience they'll never forget," says Gripshover, "This is something they will look back on 20 or 30 years from now and remember."