The ball park at Morrison has been packed every weekend this spring as softball takes center stage when the lights come on. Last weekend was no different.
With tournament play set to start Monday, leagues wrapped up the regular season with a slate of games Friday and Saturday. Standings were settled, teams claimed titles and several players continued to do what they do best - send the ball to the fence.
While the standings weren’t completely settled by the end of games Friday night, and Saturday’s games weren’t completed by press time, several teams had already wrapped up their regular-season title.
First National Bank completed its regular season 9-1 to capture the crown in the coach-pitch league at Morrison. Dr Pepper needed one more win over the weekend to take second place as the team sat at 7-2. Farm Bureau and Diamond Classics were right behind at 7-3 each.
The coach-pitch league, featuring 7-8-year-olds, has seen plenty of pop from its hitters this season. Farm Bureau power hitter Keragan Sims leads the league with five inside-the-park home runs. Her teammate Landri Chadwell is tied with Sean Cope from Pa Sam’s Sluggers and Dr Pepper’s Cameron Wright and Matthew Colongione for second place with three home runs apiece.
In the co-ed youth league, Dougie’s Army captured the top seed in this week’s upcoming tournament by finishing the regular season a perfect 10-0.
Leading the way for Dougie’s Army was Devin Martin, who hit a league-high 10 inside-the-park home runs during the course of the season.
Bryan Livestock, guided by eight home runs from Shawn Duncan, finished second in the co-ed youth league with a 9-1 record. High Funeral Home took third place by finishing 8-2, including winning 16-0 Friday night over Mt. Leo Body Shop.
Middle Tennessee Limestone carried a 9-0 record into the final weekend of the regular season to clinch the top spot in the co-ed junior league. Power hitting has led Middle Tennessee Limestone to the title as the team had 21 home runs in its first nine games, including nine from Trevor Young and five by Dalton Cunningham.
Lester’s Body Shop is right behind at 8-1 and features big hitter Justin Holt, who has blasted seven home runs.
Sherrell’s Termite and Pest Control and Homeland Bank went into the final weekend tied for third place at 5-4.
In senior league play, Randall Walker Farms had the best regular-season record at 8-1. Sparking the team’s offense are Robert Eschenbacher and Addison Rigsby with five home runs each. Dustin Rhea’s three home runs have helped Black’s Heat and Air to a 7-2 record. Chaz Miller from Morrison Hardware leads the league with six home runs.
Tournaments for the training and T-ball leagues were held Saturday and results were unavailable. The rest of the leagues are scheduled to start Monday. The tournaments are set to conclude Saturday, June 29.
Morrison Ruritan is currently holding sign-ups for a late softball league which will run from July 15 through August 24. Leagues will be available to boys and girls ages 5-23.
Sign-ups will be at Morrison ball park June 25, 27 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The fee is $25.