Tremont softball coach a throw back

Wise Old Turk

By Marc Strauss

July 15, 2010 Updated May 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM CDT

Tremont shortstop Brittany Uhlman loves playing softball for her grandfather, Harry Eeten.

"It’s something we’ll never forget. I’ve been pretty blessed. Usually everyone has their father as a coach but I have my grandpa. It’s pretty awesome."

It's pretty awesome for the rest of the team too. You see, grandpa Harry has coached the Turks to a 19 win season. The girls have only lost 5 times.

For Eeten its like having 20 grand daughters.

"Its called the love of the game of softball. I played it for so long. I’ve got some girls here that I know and that makes it pretty convenient and nice."

Harry's armed with some valuable knowledge. For better than 40 years, from the time he was 15, Eeten was one of the best fast–pitch softball pitchers in Central Illinois. In fact, at the age of 56 he was still pitching. And surrounded by players 25 years younger than him he pitched Tremont to a state championship.

"When I grew up fast pitch softball was the game. Slow pitch hadn’t established itself yet. Every small town, every community, every city they all played fast pitch. It was something to do in the summer."

Tremont pitcher Erica Miller says Harry can still bring it.

"I heard he was really good. He’s still pretty fast when he pitches. Back in the day he was supposed to be really good."

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