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7/3/2013 2:44:00 PM
Othello softball star returns from playing in Holland
Daisy Salgado represents the U.S.A. playing softball in Holland earlier this month. Submitted Photo.
Daisy Salgado represents the U.S.A. playing softball in Holland earlier this month. Submitted Photo.
Erik Pague

When talking about awesome summer trips to take after graduating high school, a two-week stay in Europe most likely ranks near the top of the list for most people. Othello softball star Daisy Salgado was able to do just that when she represented the USA as part of the USA Athletes International softball team and took a trip to Holland to take part in six games. Salgado said this is an experience she will never forget.
"It was amazing and there were a lot of things I just wish you could see that I saw," she said.
Salgado left for Europe June 9 and played a game the first night she got there. In between games she and her teammates toured places like Ireland, Amsterdam, Germany and of course, Anne Frank's house. More importantly, she said she was able to play plenty of different teams and become friends with them.
"Every team we played we just bonded with them," she said. "After the game, they would invite us to stay at their clubhouse ... We got to know them and we got to learn some of the language."
Salgado qualified to travel with USAAI after a scout saw her play in Las Vegas and was recruited to a team with players from different skill levels. She said she was able to pick up plenty of pointers from them.
"It was cool because the competition varied," Salgado said. "The oldest one on our team gave me a lot of advice on how to make it up to the next level in college."
Salgado and her team played six total games and came out with four wins, but win or lose, just being able to wear the red, white and blue uniform was enough for her.
"Just wearing that 'USA' uniform was cool and there were little girls who would come up to us and ask us for our autographs," she said.
Salgado said she is now a lifetime member of the softball team and could play again in places like Italy, Germany or the Caribbean. She's also toying with the idea of possibly moving to Europe for a year or two to experience more of the culture. Regardless of what she does, she knows she's learned a lot from the experience.
"I feel like this trip helps me to be more of a leader," she said. "The older girls (on the team) showed me to not be shy when I meet people so now, I feel like I can talk to anybody."
These types of skills could pay off when she plays softball for Everett Community College next spring. After her first season there, she plans to set her sights on representing the U.S, once again, but this time, she hopes to raise some more funds for her parents to come along.
Salgado gave a shout out to her summer ball coaches Jim and Marcie Ronyak for helping to make this a reality for her.

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