Glen Rose sisters Samantha and Stefanie Watson are supposed to be off for the summer. Instead, the softball stars are bound for the United States Fastpitch Association National Softball Tournament in Panama City, Fla.
The Watson sisters are part of a select team known as the Texas Ragdolls, coached by Chris Gartman. The Ragdolls qualified for nationals by winning the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation state tournament, and Samantha and Stefanie both played critical roles.
Stefanie, who plays for NCAA Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State, bats third in the Ragdolls’ line-up and plays third base and catcher. Samantha, who signed a letter of intent to join her sister at SOSU in December, plays short stop, second base and pitcher, and often bats in the middle of the line-up as well.
The Ragdolls are an 18-u team comprised totally of college or college-bound players.
“All the girls on the team either play college ball, or have signed to play in college,” Gartman said. “Stefanie and Samantha are two of the most dedicated players I’ve ever had. In three years, they have never missed a tournamnt.”
The Watsons join their team, which also placed fourth in a recent tournament of more than 30 teams in Irving, in departing for Florida on Sunday, with tournament action beginning Monday.