PLAY IN SHEFFIELD

Sheffield minor softball has announced two registration dates.

Players can sign up for the season on Feb. 26 and March 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sheffield Community Centre, corner of 5th Concession and Sheffield Road.

Sheffield minor ball will be offering free blastball for players ages three to four (2007 and 2008 birth date), as well as free team and individual pictures.

Bring your child so they can be sized for their uniform.

NORTH GEORGIA LEAD THE WAY

The 2nd-ranked North Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Aiken Early Bird Invitational, taking down the University of Charleston in a pitcher's duel, before powering past Chowan in non-conference action.

North Georgia improves to 3-0 on the year and now have a 7-0 record over the last two years at the Aiken Early Bird Tournament. The Saints will go right back to work next weekend, traveling to Columbus State for the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic.

SOFTBALL WINS IN WINTER BATTLE

An all-star lineup fielded by Buffalo Wild Wings kept its stranglehold on the Auburn Jaycees' Snowball Softball Tournament championship, but the real winners are the youngsters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

KIWI TEEN IN RED SOX

Porirua teenager Te Wera Bishop is set to sign a deal to join baseball giants the Boston Red Sox.

Bishop, 17, who made his international debut for the New Zealand men's softball team against Australia, will ink a contract in Auckland in Thursday and join up with Red Sox for spring training on March 1.

The catcher is taking a step in the unknown, but is excited by the challenge.

"I don't know what to expect," he said. "I'm just over the moon."

TEXAS SOFTBALL CAMPS

Registration is open for all softball players wishing to attend the 2011 Texas A&M Softball Camp.

Head coach Jo Evans, in her 15th season at the helm of Aggie softball, will be joined by associate head coaches Joy Jackson and Mary Jo Firnbach as well as current and former players as well as various high school and collegiate coaches to offer individual and group instruction with an emphasis on fundamentals.

Dates for the summer camps are June 15-18 for 9-12-year-olds and June 19-22 for ages 13-18 (Varsity).

MENDOZA LEAVES US SOFTBALL

Jessica Mendoza traveled the world playing tournaments and in two Olympics for the powerful U.S. softball team.

That decade-long journey, for now, is over.

Mendoza, a two-time Olympic medalist, and seven of her teammates from the 2008 Beijing Games, will not play for Team USA this year, opting to play professionally instead in hopes of growing a sport dropped from the Olympic program.

"I never imagined this would be how I would leave USA Softball," Mendoza said Wednesday in a phone interview from her home in California. "I hope it's not the end."