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Mid-Summer Classic is a hit

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Gaze out onto the field and you see green grass, four bases, the infield dirt and of course, smiling faces.

Although at this time it’s not the Yankees vs. the Red Sox playing in a battle of millionaires, it’s the Shockers and the Muck Dogs playing the game for the fun of it and the glistening trophy the winners get to raise.

The weekend of July 9-12 at the Waxahachie Optimist Club baseball field, the boys will be competing for the trophy in the Waxahachie Mid Summer Classic sponsored by the Johnson Baseball Group, who keep and manage the fields at the Optimist Club.

There are teams hailing from all over the area participating with representatives from Venus, Alvarado, Cedar Hill, Mi-dlothian, Palmer and Waxa-hachie competing in the tournament.

There are eight teams in the 12 and under group and four in the 8 and under group competing in a bracket style tournament to determine the winner.

However, no matter how competive these games get and believe me they do, this is still baseball in its purest form with the kids having fun every step of the way.

Teams shower opponents with chants like "you are smelly" to distract them and support their teammates in yelling for a hit, which are things you would never see at your everyday major league game.

Parents like Lee Allen also soak in the fun their kids are having saying the games "are the highlight of the summer" and that it’s good to see the kids play as such a "cohesive unit" despite the fact that some of them had never played together before this weekend.

However it is not always about fun; baseball teaches life lessons as well, coaches like John Broad say it teaches "sportsmanship" hard work, and the ability to "deal with consequences" of mistakes.

So no matter the results of this tournament all the players will win something because life skills are priceless.

Besides they are playing baseball and what could be better than that?

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Nelson Propane

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