Stand in the right place at Centertown Ball Park and you can catch the action on all three fields. On Tuesday, it was impossible to miss the excitement.
Generations of families packed the fields as tournament action continued at Centertown. The community that has embraced softball showed its support as the stands were full with cheering fans.
It’s something league organizers have grown accustom to over the years.
“We have a lot of regulars who keep bringing their kids back. Now, it may be grandkids as well,” said Marlin Scott, who has been helping with the leagues for almost two decades. “It’s a community thing. This year we saw a rise (in participation). We have held steady, usually with upper 200s or maybe 300 for years. This year, we were about to 330-340 kids and added three teams.”
The secret behind the success is having fun. Centertown leagues try their best to make sure each kid who puts on a glove leaves with a smile.
“We try to keep it simple so the kids can have fun,” said Scott. “We don’t push competitiveness. We want teams to compete, but it’s about having fun. All the kids play and it makes it fun for them.”
Many teams had fun winning their tournament games Tuesday.
Tournament action began in four leagues as teams vie for championships. Favorites emerged in three leagues during the season, but the senior league looks in store for a wild tournament after a nip-and-tuck season.
Roscoe Brown emerged as the top seed going into the tournament, barely edging out at group of three teams which finished tied for second – Amy’s Army, Ponytails Truck Repair and Prater Realty. Roscoe Brown was able to escape its first tournament game unscathed, beating Killer Kustom 27-17 Tuesday night.
Killer Kustom, 3-7 in the regular season, made it to the winner’s bracket semifinals by upsetting Amy’s Army the night before.
T-ball had two tight contests Tuesday. Mark Ford Motorsport was able to take down Gary Steele Karate 24-23, while Melton and Cowan Law Office held off Crisp Springs Market 24-21.
In coach-pitch games, Jones and Co. Real Estate kept its unbeaten streak alive with an 18-1 win over Ben Lomand Connect. In the Tuesday opener, Quality Mold shut out Bratcher Farms 12-0.
RRP and Dr Pepper may have played the most exciting game of the night in the junior league. After building a big lead, RRP had to hold on down the stretch to beat Dr Pepper 18-17. Holder Realty followed with a 19-3 victory over Tim Rigsby Roofing.
Weather permitting, championship games are scheduled for Friday night in the T-ball, coach-pitch and junior leagues. The senior league is set to conclude Tuesday, July 16.