“It definitely was a great season,” team manager Elaina Galeazzi texted to members of Reno Pride, following their first round tournament game Wednesday night July 5. “…didn’t end the way we wanted but we had fun along the way!”
The Reno Pride Co-Ed softball team’s season came to an end in the first round of the City of Reno Co-Ed Novice post season tournament with a 15-5 loss to second seeded and regular season undefeated SNJCC Eagles. Reno Pride (6-4) had finished in third place in the Monday night league, while SNJCC (10-0) was tied for first in the Friday night league.
Reno Pride started strong scoring 4 runs in the top of the first inning, but that was the most active their bats were for the game. The rest of the game saw Reno Pride bats go cold. A bright stop was in the top of the fifth when Pride loaded the bases with two outs. The top half of that inning ended with a runner being put out at third.
“I am here to have fun!” Cindy Boheman Telles told therenogaypage before the game. “We are here to REC-re-ate. It’s about having fun!”
That is what Reno Pride softball has been about since its inception in April of 2016. The team was designed to spark an interest in playing softball just for fun. But Reno Pride has been successful, while having fun, making the playoffs both seasons (last summer and this spring) they have played in.
Plans for the future? Reno Pride has created Reno Pride Sports with the intent to grow recreational sports in the gay community. The Co-Ed Softball team has already entered the Summer City of Reno Co-Ed Novice Softball league with games on Friday evenings starting July 28. A schedule has not been released. Games are announced on the Reno Sports Facebook page. There is also hopes of adding a kickball team in the mix if there is enough interest.
Reno Pride is still looking for people interested in playing softball for fun and being on the current Reno Pride team or if enough possible adding a second team. If interested message Reno Pride Sports on Facebook via private message.
Fund raising to cover the nearly $1300 in costs to participate and have uniforms will being soon. Team members pay a modest fee of $30 a season to help cover some of the cost to participate. City of Reno league fees are $535 a season, plus the cost of a uniform shirt.
The team will also be participating in the CommUNITY Pride Parade on July 22 to kick off Northern Nevada Pride before manning a booth at the Festival with information about the group and recruiting those interested in participating. Stop by their booth and check out Reno Pride Sports.
Reno Pride 4 0 0 1 0 0 5 10 3
SNJCC Eagles 2 2 6 0 2 3 15 19 3