June 7, 2018
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Tomberlin Bats through Italy
Rome, Italy—Huntingdon College student Claire Tomberlin, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, is batting and catching her way through Italy this summer as a softball player for American International Sports Teams (AIST). The rising sophomore, who plays outfield for the Huntingdon Lady Hawks Softball Team, said June 5, “It’s an awesome experience! Today I toured the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum. I climbed 526 steps all the way to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica and got a view of the whole city of Rome. It was amazing!” The group arrived in Rome June 4.
AIST offers a menu of international locations at which players in 15 sports can engage in international competition with teammates. Tomberlin learned about AIST travel through her coach, Casey Chrietzberg, who circulated the list of AIST international softball locations to her team members earlier this year. She plays for the USA Stars, who won their games in Rome, 12-3, Tuesday, and in Florence, 5-2, Wednesday. The team will also play Milan, Venice, San Marino, and other locations during their two weeks abroad.
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