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Lady Blowfish

Seeing the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force work together is rare, but for the Lexington County Lady Blowfish it is normal ops. Retirement from the military, all three within the last few years, does not mean taking a break from being involved and helping make a difference in the community.
Larry Gizankis, retired Navy, Patrick Montgomery, retired Coast Guard and Jason Huffman, retired Air Force all lead the Lexington County Lady Blowfish Softball Club. The Travel softball club has girls playing from 12U to High School divisions. For each of the three military retirees, Lexington County or South Carolina is not their 1st home, but one they want to make a difference in. Their service included both coasts, gulf coast and time in other countries. Coach Jason Huffman even commands the Air Force JROTC at Irmo High School.
“The Lady Blowfish are based on many of the same values our military holds. Bill Shanahan and the Lexington County Blowfish adhere to similar values with a sense of pride for  South Carolina, Lexington County, our country and help the Lady Blowfish in their softball journey,” said Patrick Montgomery, LT, USCG Ret; and organizer of the Lexington County Lady Blowfish.
The Lady Blowfish want to pass a big thank you to all those serving, have served or assisting our fine men and women in uniform along the way.
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The Lady Blowfish 12 and 14U had an exciting weekend at the USSSA Mid-Atlantic Championship. The Blowfish battled hard over the weekend including eventual losses to the eventual champions in each bracket.

The Head Coach of the 14U Team is Jason Huffman, a retired Air Force Officer and a long time Softball coach. Huffman is looking forward to his first season as Irmo’s Varsity Softball Coach and continuing to build the Lady Blowfish 14U team.

The 12U Coach is Kaylee Mack, a lifetime Lexington County resident and a graduate of Lexington High School.

Renada Davis, Pro Softball player for Texas Charge and USC Graduate Assistant, is expected back this Fall as Softball Evaluator and Advisor.

“The on field growth of both teams this season is breathtaking, but just as important is that our girls, volunteer for such activities as building houses for those less fortunate, assisting their local churches and preparing themselves for the upcoming school year. I am proud of the balance the Lady Blowfish achieved between softball, family and the community,” said Patrick Montgomery, Lady Blowfish Softball Organizer.



“The Lady Blowfish are fortunate to have an organization such as the Lexington County Baseball Club as a mentor and partners such as Southern Visions Real Estate to learn with.”

The Summer season for both teams is complete, with the exception of the USSSA Strikeout Cancer For #LEIGHSTRONG12, tournament in Lexington. The August 12th Tournament is highly recommended for teams and softball fans as it will help benefit those affected by cancer and help tell the story of a River Bluff High School Softball player’s ongoing brave fight against cancer.

The Lady Blowfish will be looking to round out both teams for the Fall Season. Contact @ladyblowfish on Twitter or Facebook for more information.



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What a great week for the Lady Blowfish! We started out the week with several of our girls attending the Blowfish Alumni game on Monday. On Thursday both the 12U and 14U teams were on the field at Blowfish Baseball Stadium and honored to be the Southern Visions Real Estate Hometown Team of the Night. One of our Lady Blowfish, Billy Montgomery, threw out the Opening Pitch on the Opening Night. We must add it was for a strike!

The Lady Blowfish parents and friends were able to fundraise $750 for the Lady Blowfish by selling fundraiser All-You Can Eat tickets through the generosity of the Blowfish Baseball Club. (It is a great opportunity for youth teams to raise money, so ask the Blowfish about doing it).

Our weekend started strong in our USSSA Tournament in Lexington. Both team won their opening bracket games and fought long and hard throughout the day that included, broken hands, heat exhaustion, asthma attacks and of course lightning and rain delays. Summer is here for sure and we will keep working to take care of ourselves better in the heat. A Blowfish has to be well hydrated when on softball clay.

The combined 3-6 record for the day was a win as the girls never took an excuse and kept fighting. We look forward to two weeks of practice to be followed by another tournament in our favorite place to play, Lexington County. Until then, please look for our girls at Blowfish Baseball games if you want to learn more about Girls Softball or follow us @Ladyblowfish on Twitter or Facebook.