Maquoketa High School freshman Jenna Wiebenga was selected to play softball for the West Region USSSA All-American Games this summer in Viera, Florida.
A friend from one of Wiebenga plays on a traveling softball team, and one of her friends on the team encouraged her to try out. Wiebanga tried out for the team in the middle of February. There were two different try-out sites on two different dates. Wiebenga could not go to the Iowa try-out in Des Moines because she was a swim meet that weekend, so she went to Peoria for her try-out the following weekend.
She learned she was chosen for the team in late June or the first of July. Her teammates hailed from Utah, Michigan, Indiana, and Texas.
Wiebenga and her parents, Tom and Becky, and her brother Thomas packed the car and drove to Florida July 20, arriving in Orlando the next day. Wiebenga played seven games from July 22-27. She pitched at least two or three innings in every game and played outfield when not pitching.
In those seven games, her West Region team’s record was 2-5.
Wiebenga said the All-American Games softball trip was an awesome experience in which she made friends for life and played in that kind of environment with players of high skill set from all over the states.
She said it was fun watching the fast-pitch professional teams play. Their coaches were college players and they told the ladies what to expect when they get to college.
Wiebenga and her teammates also watched the USSSA Pride play the Beijing Eagles on two occasions during the week. While sitting in the stands, they observed a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
This is not the first time Wiebenga has played softball in the state of Florida. Two summers ago, Wiebenga played in the Babe Ruth 12U World Series.
Wiebenga said she would like to play college softball after high school.