LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – It's not everyday that professional softball player, Jennie Finch, shows up at the ball park in your back yard.
However, in Sulphur it's more often than not, though some people like Tanner Wright, were still left speechless.
"I was surprised. I didn't know I was going to meet her."
Fans like Wright were eager to meet Finch, who came to Frash Park to throw out the first pitch at one of the biggest rivalries in town… Sulphur vs. Barbe.
"It's awesome. You know they definitely have softball, baseball fever here in Southwest Louisiana. It's exciting to be a part of it," said Finch.
Grace Hernandez, a member of the Sulphur J.V. Softball team stated, "Like you have support from Sulphur anyway, like we have tons of fans that come and watch, but when you have Jennie Finch, it's ten times better."
Finch's husband, Casey Daigle, is a Sulphur High School graduate and a pitcher for the Houston Astros.
While Finch came to the game to show support for the Tors, she was also there to promote the National Fast Pitch Championship Series, which will be held in Sulphur.
Finch stated, "It's kind of like having the World Series in your backyard, so we're really excited to come here and we've had such a warm welcome every time we've come here."
Sulphur was home to Finch and her teammates before they left for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and it was also the site of the first Jennie Finch Camp.
"We've been around quite a bit, and we've been able to see how much growth has really been here in the southwest."
Finch is thrilled the Championship Series are being hosted in the region. It will benefit numerous charities as well as some places close to home.
"[It's] great to give back and give back to McNeese Softball and the Louisiana High School Softball Federation also."
The National Championship Series will be held at McMurray Park the last weekend in August.