West Valley softball player participates in world tournament
West Valley resident Addison Beutler, 20, recently represented the United States of America at the International Softball Federation World Championships in Parana, Argentina, Nov. 1-9. His experience is something he will never forget.
“It was great. We had about two and a half weeks of nothing but playing softball every day. It has to be one of the greatest experiences in my life so far,” Beutler said.
The USA junior team managed a fifth-place finish in the tournament. Argentina was the 2012 champion, beating Japan 5-0 in the finals.
In pool play, the U.S. team beat Denmark (8-1); Singapore (16-1); India (9-2); Venezuela (9-1); and New Zealand (5-4), while losing to Australia (12-1). They advanced into the tournament where they lost to Argentina (8-5) and to Canada (4-2).
Beutler finished the tournament with three hits in six at bats. He had two runs batted in. In the Singapore game, he went two for two with an RBI.
“I got involved in fast pitch softball after I graduated from high school. Hunter’s softball coach Wes Haymond encouraged me to try it out. It is such a quick game. Not at all like baseball,” Beutler said.
Beutler has played on several local mens teams and received an invitation to try out for the national team in July.
The team is made up of young men from all over the country. Austin Tuttle and Junior Centeno, both from Utah, are also on the team.
“I definitely made some lifelong friendships, and I could end up playing ball with some of these teammates in the future,” Beutler said.
Beutler graduated from Hunter High School in 2011. He played baseball there, and is currently attending the University of Utah.