The 2019 USA Softball All-American Games is a prestigious youth tournament to be hosted at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. This event provides national exposure to elite athletes in the 12 & under age division and is designed to identify and highlight the best athletes from across the country. Each Region has selected teams to represent their geographical area. Designation to a USA Softball All-American team is the highest honor a youth athlete can receive and instantly brands the player as one of the top athletes in the United States.
All athletes at the try out were scouted by other coaches or umpires and selected to be critiqued. Each athlete was critiqued during a ballgame and a profile sheet was created on the individual athlete and the selection process began. These girls along with 75 other girls in the state of Arkansas were asked to attend a try out. Once selected, players were placed on teams based on position need. Arkansas is part of Region 4 along with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. MaKaylie Gist made it as a primary pitcher and secondary 1st baseman and Gracie Smith made it as a primary catcher and secondary 3rd baseman.
All region teams will be participating in a USA softball factory player camp, a meet and greet with Team USA members, and opening ceremonies. They will be playing at the USA Hall of Fame Stadium, which is where the college World Series takes place. They will be in Oklahoma from June 7th-June 10th.
MaKaylie Gist is an 8th grader that attends Tuckerman High School. She plays Junior High Softball for Tuckerman and plays on a 12A travel team , Southern Stix, with girls from southeast Missouri, Tennessee, and northeast Arkansas. Her primary position it pitcher. She also plays basketball for Tuckerman Junior High.
Gracie Smith is an 8th grader that attends Tuckerman High School. She plays Junior High softball for Tuckerman and travel ball for the 12A Fireballs Extreme, with girls from Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Her primary position is catcher but also plays third base. Gracie can also be seen on the court playing for the Tuckerman Junior High Basketball team
Both girls began playing travel softball as 8 years olds, on the Arkansas Ball Hogs. They have since played in hundreds of games and have grown into phenomenal athletes. Only 360 girls Nationwide (all 50 states) will have the opportunity to wear the USA Softball Jersey at this elite event. This is a huge accomplishment for these two young athletes from Jackson County.