Patty Gasso was on a mission.
Less than a month after coaching Oklahoma’s 57-4 softball team to a national championship, Gasso arrived at the Aurora Sports Park dressed in an OU shirt and armed with a thick binder full of names, ready to scout future Sooners.
Although Colorado isn’t known as a hotbed of softball talent, it became the center of the sport’s recruiting universe this week as three area tournaments — known as Fireworks, Sparkler and Sparkler Juniors — have brought in more than 700 softball teams from 30 states for the nation’s largest fast-pitch event.
“There’s a lot of things going on,” Gasso said. “You have to have a game plan or you will be completely confused.”