Birth of Wilmington FastPitch at Winter Park Optimist
Fast Pitch softball has a long history in Southeast North Carolina. When North Carolina finally allowed Fast Pitch in High School after the 1994 season local teams made many trips to the finals.
Laney 1994 State Champions, 1996 Runner Up, Champions in 1997 and 1998
New Hanover 1999 Runner Up 2000 Champion
John T Hoggard 2001 Runner Up
Ashley 2001 Runner Up 2003 Final 4
There are 12 members of the North Carolina High School Softball Hall of Fame. Three of them Buck and Judy O’Shields and Chip Adams are from Wilmington. Buck and Judy were the spark plugs to getting fast pitch in High School. Chip Adams was coach of those Laney teams above and the current coach of Ashley High School.
Four Optimist Clubs in New Hanover County have been playing softball over the past years. Over those years many efforts have been made to make softball a strong entity of its own. Winter Park Optimist and many of the past Supper Optimist softball leaders have long been attached to this effort. Softball members of both clubs have worked together to ensure a fair balanced approach to softball. From everything to keeping players in their leagues, to balance schedules. For the better part of 10 years a small tight knitted group of softball parents have worked together to make softball what it is today.
Winter Park Optimist is a leader in youth recreation in the Wilmington area. They have supported girl’s softball for over 40 years.
Our goals are simple. Offer high level instruction to players and coaches. To build a strong recreation program with balanced teams. Win District and State All star Championships.