PASADENA, Texas — This year, the Galveston College Island Invitational will be held a little further inland, and the San Jacinto College softball team steps in to help host the tournament. The tournament, slated for Feb. 3-5, will take place at Crenshaw Park in Pasadena. Staffing changes at Galveston College resulted in the Coyotes taking over the tournament this year.
"We wanted to be able to still play a talented group of teams, so we decided to help host," said Kelsey Walters, assistant coach for the Coyotes. Sixteen teams from across Texas and Louisiana will take to the field in this weekend-long tournament.
The Coyotes will play six games against such teams as Vernon College, Grayson College, Connors State College, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
"Our team always looks forward to a good game and starting the year without this contest just wouldn't be the same," said Kelly Saenz, head coach. "We appreciate the dedication and time Galveston College has put into formulating this tournament. We are honored to help keep this tradition alive."
All games will be played on the softball fields at Crenshaw Park.
"Thank you to Pasadena Girls Softball, who was gracious enough to offer up their fields for our use," added Walters.
The San Jac Coyotes will play the following schedule:
Feb. 3 - 12 p.m., Field 1, Vernon College
Feb. 3 - 2:30 p.m., Field 1, Grayson College
Feb. 4 - 10 a.m., Field 1, Connors State College
Feb. 4 - 3 p.m., Field 1, Jones College
Feb. 5 - 12:30 p.m., Field 4, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Feb. 5 - 5:30 p.m., Field 3, Temple College
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 41,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's.