Softballers Make Field of Dreams a Reality

Weekend softball game breaks world record

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    Softball

    On a dirt field at the foot of Interstate 8 a group of young girls made sports history.

    From 6 p.m. Friday until 9.05 a.m. Sunday, more than 130 girls from the Alpine Girls Softball Association played around the clock.  At 9.05 a.m., the non-stop, 38-hour game broke the world record for longest youth softball game. Now they'll get their names in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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    A world record is on its way to being broken here in San Diego.

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

    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 played on. The players have been fund raising for three months.

    "Alpine Girls Softball is about teaching life lessons through athletics," said organizer James 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.

    When asked if they realize records are meant to be broken, 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.

    "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."