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Regional youth softball team visits Pleasanton senior facility to decorate with residents

The San Ramon Slammers, which draw young softball players from throughout the Tri-Valley, visited The Parkview Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Pleasanton last weekend to help the seniors with pumpkin decorating and other activities.

The Slammers, a 14-and-under fast-pitch team, consists of girls from Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and other Tri-Valley communities. The team focuses on helping the young players develop softball skills on the field and learn life lessons off it, according to coach Lea Cavestany.

The girls visited the Pleasanton facility on Sunday, initially helping the senior residents decorate pumpkins for Halloween and later reading books and hosting games with the seniors. The Slammers were invited back to The Parkview for another activity day in the future, Cavestany said.

Team members are Maddie Ray, Sophie Puentes, Mariah Norris, Ellie Dutcher, Taiesa Smith, Victoria Castro, Alyssa Bustichi, Jordan Madsen, Rylie Barber, Mikayla Lundy, Maddie Heinlin, Emma Rahimi, Amanda Engel, Mia DeGuzman and Naomi Lin.

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