August 5, 2021 – West Bend, WI – Saturday, August 7 is a big day for the West Bend Special Olympics softball team as it will head to the State Tournament at Carroll University in Waukesha.
Mary Fiegel has been coaching the team for over 48 years. Santo Mortillaro Sr. and Jeff Werner are assistant coaches. Both have sons on the team.
“These were close games,” said Mortillaro, “I actually had some butterflies in my stomach because I was like, are they gonna do it? Are they gonna do it? It got kind of exciting.”
Werner said, “Throwing practice really helps… Some of them are a lot better than they used to be. And the hitting has greatly improved.”
“This is as great for me as, I’m sure, for the kids,” said Mortillaro, “During those games and afterwards it’s always wonderful.”
Bocce Team: West Bend Palinas
At the District Tournament, both the softball team and Bocce team took first place to advance to State.
The softball team won 9 to 6 against Team Milwaukee Blaze and then 15 to 13 in the Championship game against Spring City Thunder.
The Bocce Team: Palinas won 11-9 against St. Colletta leopards and 11 to 10 against Team Milwaukee Rock N Rollers.
The State Tournament will be held on August 7, 2021, at Carroll University in Waukesha.