North Zone USSSA Tournament in Red Oak
The Texas North Zone USSSA Tournament was held May 30 through June1 in several cites in the area. Red Oak hosted the 6U T-Ball division tournament at Lindsey Park. This was one of the largest divisions with about 20 teams participating.
Red Oak Pirates and Red Oak Crush were two of the local Red Oak teams were in the tournament and both did very well. Other Red Oak and Ovilla teams also did very well in different cities and age groups.
The Pirates were eliminated late Saturday night to a very good Duncanville team, but the Pirate parents, fans and coaches never gave up and encouraged the kids until the game was over.
The Crush went a little further in the tournament and lost a 1 run heartbreaker just 4 games away from the championship game. However, in the end these kids had a great time and most more were concerned about the snacks and drinks they were getting after the game.
Red Oak Rough Riders go 9 innings
The Red Oak 8U Rough Riders played a marathon game on Sunday, June 1 at the North Zone Tournament in Cedar Hill. Talk around the baseball field during the tournament "is that they are the team to beat."
The score at the end of regulation was 6-6.
The teams had to battle it out in a California tie breaker where each team plays an extra inning with the bases loaded and one out against them.
The Rough Riders were first at bat and hit the ball well, but were unable to get any runs across the plate.
Their defense came through as they held their opponent (Riverdogs) to no runs.
In the second inning of the tie breaker, the Rough Riders pounded out 7 runs. The excitement began to build as most other games were now over and this game was drawing quite a crowd and the winner of this game would advance to the championship game.
The Riverdogs had their turn at bat and were able to match the seven runs and tied it all up again. In the third inning of the tie breaker, the Rough Riders put up one more run, but only to be answered by the Riverdogs with one run of their own.
However, in the fourth tie breaker inning, it would be the Riverdogs that would come out on top by one run after nine innings and two hours and 40 minutes of baseball.
"A loss like this is heart wrenching, but what a tremendous effort from each and every player both defensively and offensively," said coach Marty Haught.
Coach Marty also said, "it was the hardest game they have played all year and as you might imagine, tough for them to accept the outcome of the game."
After the game, several umpires and the tournament coordinators told coach Marty that they had never had a coach pitch game go into this many innings.
It was the truly a game of a lifetime for these boys, a story of heart, determination and team work like no other.
According to coach Marty, the final numbers on the score board may not have worked out to their advantage but let it be known that our Red Oak Rough Riders are truly champions in the eyes of the parents and their coaches.
Recently during the Red Oak Baseball Softball Association’s Trophy and Award day, the league awarded each player and coach with its first ever "Hard Core" award for their efforts.