HOUSTON - A Colorado girl's softball team was determined to play ball despite what happened after their arrival in Houston.
It was just a few hours into their trip to Houston when the Colorado Tigers fastpitch softball team from Erie, Colo., stopped to get something to eat in the Greenspoint area in North Houston. When they came back to their team van, everything from cleats and bats to laptops and birth certificates were gone.
"These girls came here with the impression of trying to catch coaches' eyes, show them, and impress them. And now they have to do it with kind of make-shift stuff," Colorado Tigers assistant coach Bobby Matthews told ABC affiliate KTRK. "They're great girls, they love the game. It's a life lesson for them today."
The team is wearing T-shirts given to them so they'll match. They're borrowing gloves, trading cleats and putting on their best game face for dozens of college recruiters in the stands.
"My cleats and both of my gloves were in there. My gloves are like my babies. It was really hard when they were taken, I kinda had a little bit of a meltdown," Tigers pitcher Antonia Villani told the Houston station.
Houston-area players and businesses are already showing some Texas hospitality. And despite the girls rough start to the weekend, they're demonstrating some Colorado class.
"It taught me that you can't always expect stuff to be there, so you've got to make do with what you have," Tigers outfielder Taryn Hargash said.